Sidcup

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Coordinates: 51°25′35″N 0°06′09″E / 51.4263°N 0.1024°E / 51.4263; 0.1024

Sidcup is a suburban development in the London Borough of Bexley, South East London. Located 11.3 miles (18.2 km) south east of Charing Cross, Sidcup is bordered by both the London Borough of Bromley and Kent County Council and whilst now part of Greater London, was once referred to as the gateway to Kent.

Much of Sidcup etc. is typical 1930s suburbia, primarily owner occupied semi-detached and detached housing, but it retains many parks and open spaces hinting at the great estates and large homes which once stood in the area.

The town contains a major hospital, a recently opened sports and leisure centre, as well as two colleges (Bird College and Rose Bruford College). The town centre has a mix of high street stores, independent shops, a modern library, coffee shops, snooker hall and several pubs. Sidcup contains a number of districts, some of them once villages in their own right - Blackfen, Foots Cray, Longlands, and Lamorbey.

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History

The name is thought to be derived from Cetecopp meaning 'seat shaped or flat topped hill'; it has its earliest recorded use in 1254.[1] Sidcup originated as a tiny hamlet on the road from London to Maidstone.

A number of manor houses (converted to other uses) remain. They include Frognal House, the birthplace and residence of Thomas Townshend, 1st Viscount Sydney, after whom Sydney, Australia was named (now converted for use as residential and nursing accommodation), Lamorbey House (now used by Rose Bruford College), Sidcup Place (now a Brewers Fayre bar and restaurant) and "The Hollies" (now converted for residential use).

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