Sidcup shown within Greater London
|OS grid reference|
|Ceremonial county||Greater London|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Postcode district||DA14, DA15|
|UK Parliament||Old Bexley & Sidcup|
|London Assembly||Bexley and Bromley|
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.
The name is thought to be derived from Cetecopp meaning "seat shaped or flat topped hill"; it had its earliest recorded use in 1254.
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." 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.
Sidcup parish formed the Sidcup Urban District of Kent from 1908. It was initially known as Foots Cray; however, in 1921 the urban district, and in 1925 the parish, 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).
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. 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, which also serves the wider South East London area.
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.
- For education in Sidcup see the main London Borough of Bexley article
- Bird College
- Christ the King: St Mary's (RC) Sixth Form College (formerly St Luke's College)
- Rose Bruford College
Places of worship
- All Saints Church, Rectory Lane
- Avery Hill Christian Fellowship, Southspring
- Christchurch, Main Road
- Churches Together in Sidcup
- Days Lane Baptist Church, Days Lane
- Emmanuel Church, Hadlow Road
- Foots Cray Baptist Church, Sidcup Hill
- Holy Redeemer Church, Days Lane
- Holy Trinity Church, Hurst Road
- New Community Church, Station Road
- New Generation Church, New Generation Centre, Birkbeck Road
- Our Lady of the Rosary Church, Burnt Oak Lane
- Redeemed Christian Church of God-Victory Assembly, Footscray Road
- Shah Jalal Mosque and cultural centre, Hatherly Road
- St Andrew's Church, Maylands Drive
- St James Church, North Cray Road
- St John's Church, Church Road
- St Lawrence's Church, Hamilton Road
- Sidcup Baptist Church, Main Road
Sport and leisure
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.
- Michele Austin — actress, schooled in Sidcup.
- Steve Backley — Olympic sportsman, born in Sidcup.
- Doreen Bird — dance teacher, lived in Sidcup and established college.
- Quentin Blake — illustrator, artist, born in Sidcup.
- Kate Bush - singer-songwriter, musician and record producer, born in Sidcup.
- Garry Bushell — journalist, lives in Sidcup.
- George Albert Cairns — winner of the last Victoria Cross of World War II, worked in Sidcup.
- Ben Chorley — footballer, born in Sidcup.
- Charlie Clements — actor, born in Sidcup.
- Steve Clement-Large — artist, grew up in Sidcup - now resident in Plymouth. Creator of "Argyle Man".
- Jason Crowe — footballer, born in Sidcup.
- Ian Davenport — artist, born in Sidcup.
- Ashley Glazebrook — dancer, part of Twist and Pulse.
- Steve Hillier — musician, schooled in Sidcup.
- Will Hutton — economist, schooled in Sidcup.
- Alfred Garth Jones — illustrator died in Sidcup in 1955.
- John Paul Jones — bass guitarist of Led Zeppelin, born in Sidcup.
- Rob Knox — actor, murdered in Sidcup.
- Ivan Magill — innovative anaesthetist, worked in Sidcup.
- Clive Mendonca — footballer for Charlton Athletic, lived in Sidcup
- Lee Murray — former kickboxer and mixed martial arts champion, wanted for Securitas depot robbery, lived in Sidcup.
- Emma Noble — glamour model, born in Sidcup.
- Mike Rann — Premier of South Australia, politician, born in Sidcup, lived in Blackfen prior to emigrating to New Zealand with his parents.
- John Regis — Olympic athlete, lived in Sidcup.
- Keith Richards — guitarist Rolling Stones, attended college in Sidcup
- Wayne Routledge — footballer, born in Sidcup.
- Ethel Smyth — composer and Suffragette, born in Sidcup.
- Roderick Spode — fictional politician and fashion designer, was the 7th earl of Sidcup in the Jeeves stories by P. G. Wodehouse.
- Jim Staples — International Rugby Union captain, educated in Sidcup.
- Dick Taylor — founder member of The Pretty Things and early bass guitarist in the Rolling Stones, schooled in Sidcup.
- John Topham — photographed daily life around Sidcup from 1931 - 1973.
- Thomas Townshend, 1st Viscount Sydney — died in Sidcup.
- Mark Ricketts — footballer, born & raised in Sidcup.
- Charles Warrell - alias Big Chief I-Spy (Author of the children's "I-Spy" books) - Lived in Sidcup circa 1950.
- Gordon Watson — former Sheffield Wednesday footballer, born in Sidcup.
- Elizabeth Wiskemann — journalist, born in Sidcup.
- Doug Wright — cricketer, born in Sidcup.
- Anthony David Mills (2001). Oxford Dictionary of London Place Names. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-280106-6.
- Hasted, Edward (1797). The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent: Volume 2. pp. 135–141.
- Mercer 1994, Introduction.
The phrase of much resort means much frequented or visited.
The Black Horse is now used for adult education.
- Vision of Britain "Foots Cray UD". A Vision of Britain through Time.
- Vision of Britain "Sidcup CP/AP". A Vision of Britain through Time.
- "Anniversary of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards Dartford meeting". BBC News Kent. 17 October 2011.
- "Sidcup Symphony Orchestra".
- "Steve Clement-large".
- "Harry Potter film actor stabbed to death".
- "Knocker-up armed with a pea shooter". EDP24 (Eastern Daily Press online). 5 August 2009.
- TFL Bus Route Map from Sidcup