North Cray

Coordinates: 51°25′26″N 0°08′06″E / 51.424°N 0.135°E / 51.424; 0.135
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North Cray
North Cray Road
St James' Church in North Cray
North Cray is located in Greater London
North Cray
North Cray
Location within Greater London
OS grid referenceTQ487722
• Charing Cross12.6 mi (20.3 km) NW
London borough
Ceremonial countyGreater London
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townSIDCUP
Postcode districtDA14
Dialling code020
UK Parliament
London Assembly
List of places
51°25′26″N 0°08′06″E / 51.424°N 0.135°E / 51.424; 0.135

North Cray is an area in South East London, England, within the London Borough of Bexley. It is located east of Sidcup and south of Bexleyheath and is 12.6 miles (20.3 km) south-east of Charing Cross, the traditional centre of London in the Metropolitan Green Belt.


Early history[edit]

North Cray was previously a civil parish in the Hundred of Ruxley, Sutton-at-Hone Lathe. The settlement Ruxley had its own parish but it was abolished in 1557 and the area was absorbed into North Cray parish.[1][2]

Modern history[edit]

The White Cross pub

North Cray was within Kent until the creation of Greater London in 1965. From 1894 to 1934 North Cray was within the Bromley Rural District, then it was in the Chislehurst and Sidcup Urban District from 1934 to 1965; then finally the London Borough of Bexley from 1965 which remains today.


The Grade II listed war memorial in North Cray



The nearest National Rail stations to North Cray are Sidcup and Bexley, which both provide services to London Charing Cross, Dartford and Gravesend. The stations are connected to North Cray via the 492 London bus service.

Notable people[edit]

North Cray briefly became the centre of international attention in August 1822 when Robert Stewart, Viscount Castlereagh, the Foreign Secretary, committed suicide at his country home Loring Hall.

Other notable people associated with the area include geologist Joshua Trimmer,[3] colonial administrator Harry Ord,[4] and cricketer John Gosling,[5] all of whom were born in North Cray.

Neighbouring areas[edit]


  1. ^ North Cray and Ruxley, British History Online
  2. ^ North Cray history at Archived 18 November 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Trimmer, Joshua". Encyclopædia Britannica. Vol. 27 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.
  4. ^ Boyce, Peter. "Ord, Sir Harry St George (1819–1885)". Biography - Sir Harry St George Ord. National Centre of Biography, Australian National University. Retrieved 26 November 2016. {{cite book}}: |website= ignored (help)
  5. ^ "John Gosling". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 26 November 2016.