North Cray

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North Cray
North Cray is located in Greater London
North Cray
North Cray
North Cray shown within Greater London
OS grid reference TQ487722
London borough
Ceremonial county Greater London
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town SIDCUP
Postcode district DA14
Dialling code 020
Police Metropolitan
Fire London
Ambulance London
EU Parliament London
UK Parliament
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51°25′26″N 0°08′06″E / 51.424°N 0.135°E / 51.424; 0.135Coordinates: 51°25′26″N 0°08′06″E / 51.424°N 0.135°E / 51.424; 0.135

North Cray is an area of south-east London, with the London Borough of Bexley. It is located east of Sidcup and south of Bexleyheath.

It lies on the River Cray and is in the Cray Meadows electoral ward which also includes Foots Cray. The post town for North Cray is Sidcup and the postcode is DA14, close by to the north is DA5 post code in the post town of Bexley.

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] 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.

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.


North Cray is served by Transport for London bus route 492 to Sidcup and Bluewater via Bexleyheath. The nearest rail link to North Cray is at Bexley station.

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  1. ^ North Cray and Ruxley, British History Online
  2. ^ North Cray history at
  3. ^  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Trimmer, Joshua". Encyclopædia Britannica. 27 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. 
  4. ^ Boyce, Peter. "Biography - Sir Harry St George Ord". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Retrieved 26 November 2016. 
  5. ^ "John Gosling". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 26 November 2016.