Bowie’s Bandstand and Paxton’s Palace

Bowie’s Bandstand and Paxton’s Palace Bowie’s iron Bandstand was built in Croydon Road Recreation Ground in Beckenham  at the end of of the 19th Century. For 120 years it has been the centre of attraction of the park, the venue … read more

Elmers End Cemetery

Beckenham Crematorium and Cemetery  is  the full name for the facility which opened in 1876 as the Crystal Palace District Cemetery  – see poster below.  The aerial view painting used in the poster shows that the 41 acre site remains … read more

Bandstand Restoration Council Minutes

Meeting: 10/10/2018 – Environment and Community Services Policy Development and Scrutiny Committee (Item 20) 20 CROYDON ROAD RECREATION GROUND BANDSTAND RESTORATION PDF 92 KB Additional documents: ·                                 Appendix 1 for CRRG Bandstand Project, item 20 PDF 5 MB ·                                 Appendix … read more

Enid Blyton’s Education in Beckenham

Enid Blyton’s Education in Beckenham Enid enjoyed her time in her schools in Beckenham where she learned so much and made good friends, which education and people helped her to become an ‘author who inspired generations of young readers.’ Link to pdf file   Enid … read more

Beckenham’s Fire Stations

There are three fire station buildings in Beckenham. In the year 2000, the Copers Cope Area Residents Association marked the Millennium by placing a Plaque above the Water Spout on the building used by Beckenham’s first Fire Brigade from 1872 … read more

The 54 Bus Route

In days of yore, the 54 bus passed through Beckenham from Croydon to Woolwich Arsenal. It had been the main bus route linking Woolwich, Lewisham, Beckenham and Croydon since the 1920s. Since the introduction of the trams in May, 2000, … read more

Bromley Road

The Story of Bromley Road, Beckenham by Cliff Watkins. We begin at the Beckenham end of Bromley Road where it meets the High Street. On the corner is the Parish Church. St George’s Church – the ‘Cathedral of North West … read more

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. The photo below was taken in 2013: Village way runs from the High Street for … read more