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Situated in the London Borough of Bexley and the gateway to Sidcup is Blackfen.
The area mainly consists of residential buildings, most of which were built in the 1930 s. Most local businesses are independently owned and family run, and are situated along the Blackfen Road.
There are many great landmarks, probably the most well known of these would be The George Staples pub. Originally built in 1845 and recently known as The Woodman Pub, this is where many of the local residents come to sample its good food and real ales this remains a firm favourite with the local residents and businesses.
Whether you are looking to buy a new car, do you weekly shop, get your hair done, or just treat yourself to a coffee in the recently opened Costa. There are many eating out options, our favourites include the Spanish tapas restaurant El Iberico at the Oval, and the Jolly Fenman pub being another.
Blackfen Library is another focal point of the area with all the services it has to offer, including books, DVD s and a wide range of activities for children.
The River Shuttle, Willersley Park and Danson Park with its large boating lake are within walking distance where a wide range of activities are held throughout the year.
This is a very sought after area when it comes to schooling and many are looking to be within the catchment area so their children can attend any of the Primary and Secondary schools that are on offer here.
With three train stations within a one and a half mile radius, numerous bus routes and the A2 which links to the M2, M20 and M25 motorways, there really isn t anywhere you can t get to from here. Bluewater shopping centre is also only a short distance away and has lots of transport links.
The name Blackfen literally means black marsh and probably refers to the dark, marshy soil of this area, which lay between the ancient estates of Danson and Lamorbey and on the edge of the great West Wood to the north. The local pubs the Woodman and the Jolly Fenman testify to the areas links with both the marshland and the woodland.
The whole area, including the hamlet of Blackfen, came within the manor of Bexley. Its earliest mention was in an assize roll (trial record) of 1241 when it was referred to as Blackwene. Farmland covered the area until a major programme of house building began in the 1920s. The two most ancient farms were Black Fenn Farm and Days Lane Farm, both of which were mentioned in documents in the 1600s.
However, Blackfen was also surrounded by great estates such as Lamorbey, Danson and Blendon with their grand houses and rich residents. The main estate, Danson, was owned by the railway entrepreneur Alfred Bean in the latter part of the 19th century. It was sold in 1922 and this was the stimulus for the house building that would take place throughout the latter part of the 1920s and on into the 1930s.
Bean had always envisaged the estate being broken up for this purpose, and he was the prime mover in the building of the Bexleyheath Railway in order to facilitate the process.
Nevertheless, much of the core of the estate remains to this day as Danson Park. The Queenswood and Westwood estates that straddled the Blackfen Road just west of the junction with Westwood Lane were built by CR Leech in the early 1930s and featured semi-detached three-bedroomed houses offered freehold for 675. The Blendon Estate was sold to the local builder DC Bowyer in 1929 and developed for residential building shortly afterwards.