Elmstead, London

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Elmstead
Elmstead is located in Greater London
Elmstead
Elmstead
Location within Greater London
OS grid referenceTQ425705
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CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townCHISLEHURST
Postcode districtBR7
Dialling code020
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51°24′56″N 0°03′00″E / 51.4155°N 0.0501°E / 51.4155; 0.0501Coordinates: 51°24′56″N 0°03′00″E / 51.4155°N 0.0501°E / 51.4155; 0.0501

Elmstead is a residential district in south-east London, England, within the London Borough of Bromley and the historic county of Kent. It is located north-east of Bromley.

History[edit]

Toponomy[edit]

The name is recorded in 1320 as Elmsted and means 'place where elm trees grow'. The name was shared with Elmstead Place mansion and the woodland of Elmstead Wood. After the local railway station opened it took the name Elmstead Woods.[1]

Geography[edit]

Elmstead Wood has public access from Elmstead Lane and other locations.[2] It lies on the Green Chain walk. It is adjacent to Sundridge Park Golf Club.

Elmstead Pit, opposite the railway station, is a geological Site of Special Scientific Interest which has important fossils from the Eocene epoch 50 million years ago.[3][4]

Nearby areas[edit]

Elmstead borders Mottingham to the north and north east, Chislehurst to the east and south east, Bickley to the south, Sundridge to the south west and west and Grove Park to the north west.

Transport[edit]

Rail[edit]

Elmstead Woods railway station serves the area with Southeastern services to London Charing Cross and London Cannon Street via Lewisham as well as to Orpington and Sevenoaks.

Elmstead Woods station, 1991


Buses[edit]

Elmstead is served by one Transport for London bus service.

Sport[edit]

Elmstead has a senior football club, F.C. Elmstead, who play at Oakley Road in Bromley.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mills, D. (2000). Oxford Dictionary of London Place Names. Oxford.
  2. ^ Elmstead Wood, Bromley Council
  3. ^ Elmstead Pit, Natural England citation
  4. ^ Elmstead Pit, Natural England, Nature on the Map