Village Way

Village Way

The photo below is a postcard franked 1935. It shows how the road was laid out curving gently away from Beckenham High Street.

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The photo below was taken in 2013:

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Village way runs from the High Street for over a mile to Upper Elmers End Road near Eden Park Station.

It is unique in that it is bordered by three parks.  From the High Street end, these are Croydon Road Recreation Ground on the right and a half mile further along on the same side is Crease Park.

Before the third park are the traffic lights at the cross roads (with Stone Park Avenue on the right and Crossways Road).  When the road was first built, these cross roads were at the highest point in central Beckenham at 175ft above sea level. (Within the Beckenham UDC area, the highest point was at Rock Hills (Paxton’s home) which is 280ft.)  Because of accidents Stone Park Avenue was lowered to give better visibility to traffic.

Beyond the crossroads in Village Way, on the left is Harvington Recreation Ground adjoining St John’s Church at EdenPark.

villageway5Village Way did not exist when this map was published circa 1911.

Later it would join the High Street south of ‘The Cedars’ (formerly ‘Village Place’) through the field shown between Elm Cottage on the left and Austin’s pork butchers shop next door to the Three Tuns P.H. on the right.

Since the Boer War, Elm Cottage had been the local headquarters of a battalion of the West Kent Regiment.

 

 

villageway3The next map was published in 1930.  Village Way is shown as a cul de sac.

The Cedars has been replaced by a shopping parade and its land used for the 1920’s housing estate which began with The Drive opposite the Pavilion Cinema. The cinema opened in 1914.

 

 

 

villageway4This 2012 map was supplied by Bromley Borough Council.  Both the cinema and Austins have been replaced by shops.

The Three Tuns building, now Zizzi, is hidden on the map by the new private road called Coopers.

On the left, St Edmund’s Catholic church is shown but unnamed on the map. Sainsbury’s is not labelled except for its car park.