Biggin Hill

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Coordinates: 51°18′46″N 0°02′01″E / 51.3127°N 0.0336°E / 51.3127; 0.0336

Biggin Hill is an area and electoral ward in the outskirts of the London Borough of Bromley in southeast London, United Kingdom.

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History

Historically the settlement was known as Aperfield and formed part of the parish of Cudham. It took the name Biggin Hill after the Second World War in recognition of the historic role played by the adjoining Biggin Hill Aerodrome.

The most architecturally noteworthy building within Biggin Hill is St Mark's Church, Church Road - 'the moving church'.[2] - designed by Richard Gilbert Scott. It was erected in the 1950s using the dismantled materials from All Saints Church, North Peckham. Much of the work was undertaken by volunteers led by Rev Vivian Symons who undertook much of the decorative work himself.

Airport

Biggin Hill also has an airport, London Biggin Hill Airport, which uses much of the land formerly used by RAF Biggin Hill Aerodrome. The latter hosted the "Operations Room" for the Operation Crossbow V-1 flying bomb defence during World War II. The aerodrome famously appeared in the novel, The Da Vinci Code. It also appeared in an episode of Eastenders in 1998, as well as The Great Escape ( which starred Steve McQueen.)

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