Living in Barnehurst
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What Is Life Like In Barnehurst?
Barnehurst is a town located in the London Borough of Bexley, in South East London. The town is a short distance from Bexleyheath (13 miles) and just 30 minutes from central London, via train, and all the capital city has to offer!
With fantastic transport links and schools, it’s no surprise that three-bedroom houses for families are amongst the most sought-after, especially those surrounding Bursted Wood Primary School. The Pantiles, in nearby Bexleyheath, is also a highly desirable area, due to its amenities and facilities for families and commuters alike.
History Of Barnehurst
Barnehurst’s name originates from the surname Barne and Saxon word hurst, defined as meaning wood or grove.
As its name suggests, the land was owned by the Barne family, when Miles Barne (son of a wealthy London merchant) married Elizabeth Elwick of Crayford in 1745. Her father owned most of the land in Crayford – including 15th-century country house, May Place. Elizabeth died a few years later, and then, in 1750, her father died, leaving all of his possessions to Miles. His son (from a second marriage) lived at Crayford Manor House and his older brother resided at May Place, until financial difficulties saw them move in 1820.
By 1881, some of the land had been sold by Colonel Frederick Barne to make way for the railway, which opened in 1895.
More land was then sold, surrounding what we now know to be Barnehurst Road, and 600 homes were built. In 1928, shops were then built in Midfield Parade and a few years later, other developers created housing estates around Parkside Avenue and Martens Grove.
May Place was still owned by the Barne family until 1938, and had been used as a ladies’ golf club since 1903. The country house was purchased by Crayford UDC (Urban District Council) and still runs as a golf club today!
Days Out In Barnehurst
Looking for days-out ideas in and around Barnehurst? You’re in luck, as there’s plenty to do!
Red House in Barnehurst is a must-visit for history and textile fans, as it was once the home of Victorian artist, designer and poet William Morris. Built in 1959, the house (which was lived in by Morris for five years), is now owned by the National Trust and still retains some original features, including furniture and décor – and the wallpaper designs Morris became renowned for. Red House also has a tea room in which to enjoy a delicious cake and traditional pot of tea, after you explore the house and its tranquil gardens.
Hall Place and Gardens is another beautiful local house and garden to take inspiration from. The house was originally built for Sir John Champneis (the Lord Mayor of London) in 1537 and is now a Grade I listed building, set in stunning surroundings, on the banks of the River Clay.
Of course, with Barnehurst’s fantastic location in relation to central London (just over 30 minutes away), there’s even more choice for days out! Enjoy a sightseeing city tour, head to one of the capital’s many museums or galleries or even enjoy dinner at The Shard, overlooking the sprawling city – all in the comfort of knowing, you can be home in less than an hour!
Shopping haven Bluewater, with its 300 stores and 50 restaurants is also just 8 miles from Barnehurst, and can be accessed by car and by bus, definitely a brilliant day out for shopaholics!
Things To Do In Barnehurst
The town has a wide choice of parks and woodland to enjoy, such as Bursted Wood, Barnehurst Open Space (Golf Course), Martens Grove and Danson Park. The latter has a Green Flag Award and offers plenty of recreational and walking facilities. It is also home to many community events such as the Danson Festival, fun runs and firework displays.
There are also many sports groups to support locally including Welling Football Club, Bexley Football Club and Bexley Cricket Club. As mentioned earlier, the Barnehurst Golf Course (dating back to 1903) is one of the most longstanding organisations within the town. The club boasts a superb 9-hole course, a putting green and driving range and understandably attracts visitors from the town and the surrounding area!
Schools In Barnehurst
Barnehurst has some excellent educational facilities within close proximity. These include:
Primary and first schools:
- Barnehurst Infant & Junior Schools
- Upland Primary School
- St. Thomas More Catholic Primary School
- Barrington Primary School
- Crook Log Primary School
- Pelham Primary School
- Bursted Wood Primary School
- Bexleyheath School
- Townley Grammar School For Girls
- Welling School
Transport In Barnehurst
Barnehurst has fantastic transport links, with buses and trains running to nearby towns and London.
Barnehurst is just 35 minutes via train to London Bridge, 39 minutes to Charing Cross and 45 to London Victoria. There are also regular routes to Dartford, taking 7 minutes.
Buses and coaches
There are many regular buses serving Lewisham, Sidcup, Bexleyheath and Bluewater shopping centre. A night bus also runs from Trafalgar Square to Barnehurst.
London City Airport is the nearest airport to Barnehurst at just 15 miles from the town, whilst Gatwick is 40 minutes’ drive and both Heathrow and Stansted are only an hour away.
Barnehurst is conveniently located for the M25. The A2 also runs from the town to London in the north and Bluewater shopping centre, Rochester and connects to the M2 in the south. Central London can be reached in 45 minutes via the A2.