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Sidcup is located in Greater London
 Sidcup shown within Greater London
OS grid reference TQ461718
London borough Bexley
Ceremonial county Greater London
Region London
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town SIDCUP
Postcode district DA14, DA15
Post town LONDON
Postcode district SE9
Dialling code 020
Police Metropolitan
Fire London
Ambulance London
EU Parliament London
UK Parliament Old Bexley & Sidcup
London Assembly Bexley and Bromley
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Coordinates: 51°25′35″N 0°06′09″E / 51.4263°N 0.1024°E / 51.4263; 0.1024

Sidcup is a suburban district of south-east London, England, in the London Borough of Bexley. Located 11.3 miles (18.2 km) south east of Charing Cross, it borders the London Boroughs of Bromley and Greenwich.


Sidcup ward (dark green) in the Old Bexley and Sidcup constituency (light green) within the London Borough of Bexley (yellow)


The name is thought to be derived from Cetecopp meaning "seat shaped or flat topped hill"; it had its earliest recorded use in 1254.[1]


Sidcup originated as a tiny hamlet on the road from London to Maidstone. According to Edward Hasted, "Thomas de Sedcopp was owner of this estate in the 35th year of king Henry VI. [i.e. in the 1450s] as appears by his deed."[2] Hasted described Sidcup in the latter part of the 18th century as "a small street of houses, among which is an inn of much resort", referring to the former Black Horse pub on the high street.[3]

Sidcup parish formed the Sidcup Urban District of Kent from 1908. It was initially known as Foots Cray; however, in 1921 the urban district,[4] and in 1925 the parish,[5] were renamed Sidcup. The parish and district were abolished in 1934 and combined with Chislehurst to form the Chislehurst and Sidcup civil parish and urban district. In 1965 the parish and urban district were abolished. Sidcup went on to form part of the London Borough of Bexley in Greater London and Chislehurst formed part of the London Borough of Bromley.


A number of manor houses, converted to other uses, remain. They include Frognal House, the birthplace and residence of Thomas Townshend, 1st Viscount Sydney, after whom Sydney, Australia was named (now converted for use as residential and nursing accommodation), Lamorbey House (now used by Rose Bruford College), Sidcup Place (now a Brewers Fayre bar and restaurant) and "The Hollies" (now converted for residential use).


Sidcup has a mixture of large Victorian and Edwardian properties alongside typical 1930s suburbia. It retains many parks and open spaces hinting at the great estates and large homes which once stood in the area.

The town contains Queen Mary's Hospital, a large Leisure Centre, four colleges and three secondary schools. Sidcup High Street is the local High Street, while there are some shops and local businesses on the adjacent Station Road. Sidcup High Street was recently the subject of a £1.8 million regeneration scheme In Store For Sidcup paid for by London Borough of Bexley.[6]

The nearest areas include Avery Hill, Blackfen, Albany Park, New Eltham, North Cray, Chislehurst, St Paul's Cray and Foots Cray.

Most of the district is within the London Borough of Bexley, however several parts in the North are under the governance of the Royal Borough of Greenwich, including Southspring, Greenhithe Close, Halfway Street (offsite Avery Hill), Radfield Way, Croyde Close and Overmead.


In 2011 The total population was recorded as 10,844. Many residents are aged 65+ or 85+, in line with the whole of London Borough of Bexley. At the census of 2011, the non-white population of Sidcup was recorded at 10.1%; the largest minority group were Asian or Asian British (5.4% of the total population), with White Other totalling 4.8% of the total population. The number of single parent families was higher in the district in comparison to the rest of the London Borough of Bexley. 63.8% reported Christianity as their religious beliefs which was above the borough average. However, these figures do not include the Blackfen and Lamorbey wards within the district.[7]


For education in Sidcup see the main London Borough of Bexley article

Primary schools in Sidcup include: Birkbeck, Burnt Oak Junior School, Chatsworth, Days Lane, Holy Trinity, Longlands, Orchard School, Our Lady of the Rosary, Royal Park, Sherwood Park, and St Peter Chanel.

Secondary schools in Sidcup include Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School, Cleeve Park, Hurstmere and Kemnal Technology College.

Bird College, Christ the King: St Mary's (RC) Sixth Form College, and Rose Bruford College all have sites in Sidcup.

Sport and leisure[edit]

Sidcup has a Non-League football club Seven Acre & Sidcup F.C. who play at Sidcup & District Conservative Club. On Sydney Road, there is a Sidcup Sports Club, housing the local rugby and cricket clubs.

Live music venues include the Charcoal Burner and The Iron Horse public houses, although the larger premises at the Beaverwood Club, Chislehurst, draw away a significant audience from this area.

The Sidcup and District Motor Cycle Club was formed at the Station Hotel, Sidcup in 1928. The Club owns the international motor cycle sport venue 'Canada Heights' in Button Street, Swanley, Kent and runs Motocross, Enduro, Hare and Hounds, Trials, Long Distance Trials throughout each year.

Culture, identity and community[edit]

It is reputed that it was on the platform of Sidcup railway station that Mick Jagger and Keith Richards had a conversation about music, an event that eventually led to the forming of The Rolling Stones in 1962. Although it was actually Dartford station where this meeting took place [8] Other such connections include the local Rose Bruford College of drama and Bird College, both of which have many well known and famous alumni and there are regular large-scale concerts given by Sidcup Symphony Orchestra,[9] which also serves the wider South East London area.

The murder of teenager Rob Knox at the Metro Bar on Station Road in 2008 was a national news headline. Knox was an up-and-coming actor who had, just before his death, filmed a small part in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. He was killed protecting his brother from a group of youths.[10] His murderer, Karl Bishop, also from Sidcup, was later found guilty of murder and sentenced.[11] His family have used his death as a forefront for their campaign to end knife crime among young people.[12] As part of the Rob Knox Foundation, there has been a Rob Knox Film Festival held in the district and the neighbouring ward of Bexleyheath and, in 2015, a bench was erected in his name at St John's Church in Sidcup.[13] His death has left a mark on the town.



Sidcup, along with most other suburbs in south east London, is not served by the London underground. Sidcup station opened in October 1866 shortly after the opening of the Dartford Loop Line. The station was built 1 mile (1.6 km) north of Sidcup town centre in the parish of Lamorbey. Sidcup station serves the area with services to London Charing Cross, London Cannon Street as part of a loop service operating via both Lewisham and Woolwich Arsenal, and a service to Gravesend. Fast trains take as little as 20 minutes to get to London Charing Cross.


Sidcup High Street is on the A211, following in length the old London - Maidstone - Hythe road. The A211 starts just after Eltham High Street, in the middle running along the A20 Sidcup By-pass before ending at Foots Cray, where the B2173 continues along the former A20 road. The A211 connects the two main roads in this district; Station Road and Main Road.

East Rochester Way on the A2 road runs partly through the district, adjoining Blackfen Road. The road provides useful links to the Blackwall Tunnel and Kent.

Provision for cyclists is generally poor within the district.


Sidcup is served by a number of Transport for London bus routes.[14]

Notable residents[edit]


  • Mercer, John (1994). Sidcup: A Pictorial History. Chichester: Phillimore & Co. ISBN 978-0-850-33907-9. 
  • Mercer, John (2013). Sidcup & Foots Cray: A History. Stroud: Amberley Publishing. ISBN 978-1-445-61195-2. 


  1. ^ Anthony David Mills (2001). Oxford Dictionary of London Place Names. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-280106-6. 
  2. ^ Hasted, Edward (1797). The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent: Volume 2. pp. 135–141. 
  3. ^ Mercer 1994, Introduction.
    The phrase of much resort means much frequented or visited.

    The Black Horse is now used for adult education.

  4. ^ Vision of Britain "Foots Cray UD" Check |url= scheme (help). A Vision of Britain through Time. 
  5. ^ Vision of Britain "Sidcup CP/AP" Check |url= scheme (help). A Vision of Britain through Time. 
  6. ^ "New-look Sidcup High Street after £1.8 million regeneration". Newsshopper. 15 September 2014. Retrieved 16 August 2015. 
  7. ^
  8. ^ "Anniversary of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards Dartford meeting". BBC News Kent. 17 October 2011. Retrieved 24 August 2015. 
  9. ^ "Sidcup Symphony Orchestra". Retrieved 24 August 2015. 
  10. ^ Lusher, Adam; Sawer, Patrick (24 May 2008). "Harry Potter actor Robert Knox stabbed to death protecting his younger brother". Retrieved 24 August 2015. 
  11. ^ "Man guilty of Potter actor murder". BBC News. 4 March 2009. Retrieved 24 August 2015. 
  12. ^ Christie, Sam (12 June 2013). "Mum of Sidcup knife victim Rob Knox 'not surprised' by high weapon crime in Dartford". Retrieved 24 August 2015. 
  13. ^ Griffiths, Josie (15 August 2015). "Church bench tribute to murdered Harry Potter actor, Sidcup's Rob Knox". Retrieved 24 August 2015. 
  14. ^ TFL Bus Route Map from Sidcup
  15. ^ Glendinning, Lee (24 May 2008). "Harry Potter film actor stabbed to death". Retrieved 24 August 2015. 
  16. ^ "Knocker-up armed with a pea shooter". EDP24 (Eastern Daily Press online). 5 August 2009. 

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