Summary of interesting dates in
Old Beckenham.

1308
First mention of a windmill in West Wickham.

1318
West Wickham granted the right to hold a market. No evidence that it was ever held.

1408
First Kelsey House, Beckenham built.

1484
Population of West Wickham estimated to be 120.

1615
Langley Chapel consecrated.

1619
Beckenham Church extended.

1687
First account of beating of the bounds in Beckenham.

1694
Anthony Rawlins, a wealthy London merchant, dies while staying at Kent House and bequeaths money to be used for almshouses. The Rawlins Almshouses survive today next to Beckenham Church.

1713
Clock House, Beckenham built.

1773
John Cator buys the manor of Beckenham and builds a new manor house, Beckenham Place Park.

1774
Beckenham Rectory built, designed by Robert Adam it contained a number of his fireplaces, later transferred to Beckenham Town Hall one of these is now in the mayor’s parlour at Bromley Civic Centre. Outbreak of smallpox in Beckenham causes the vestry to offer free inoculations.

1784
John Julius Angerstein, a member of Lloyd’s of London, acquires Kent House, Beckenham.

1790
Kelsey House, Beckenham rebuilt.

1792
Foxgrove manor sold to Peter Burrell of Langley.

 

1830
Foxgrove Manor demolished and re-built.

1851
Window Tax abolished.

1856
'The Cage' on Church Hill demolished.

1862
Henry Copeland came to Beckenham.

Street lighting introduced as a Private Enterprise.
Kelsey Manor Lodges (Cottages) built.1

1867
National School for Children opened at Shortlands Church. Ancient Order of Foresters (The Court of St. George) established.

1871
Beckenham Industrial Co-operative Society, Ltd. formed.

1872
Beckenham Cottage Hospital opened (8 beds).

1874
Home of Compassion (108/110 Bromley Road) built.

1876
Beckenham Charitable Society formed.
Miss Wood - first Kindergarten Teacher (1st Class) in England.First Publication of Beckenham Journal.

1877
Old Beckenham Mission (Bromley Road) built.

1878
Foxgrove Farm buildings demolished.

1881
Anthony Rawlin's Almshouses restored and enlarged.

1882
First Meeting of Beckenham Local Board. West Wickham Railway Station opened.

1883
Public Hall, Bromley Road, built. Toll Gate - Kent House Road - demolished. Last occasion of 'Beating the Bounds' 17th May.

 


 

 


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