Beckenham

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Coordinates: 51°24′28″N 0°01′19″W / 51.4077°N 0.0220°W / 51.4077; -0.0220

Beckenham is a town[1] in the London Borough of Bromley, England. It is located 8.4 miles (13.5 km) south east of Charing Cross and 1.75 miles (2.8 km) west of Bromley town. Until the coming of the railway in 1857, Beckenham was a small village in almost completely rural surroundings: once a family of entrepreneurs began the building of villas here, its population soared from 2000 to 26,000 during 1850-1900 and throughout the rest of the century. The current population is nearly 82,000[2] Today it is very much in London suburbia, although some of the grand houses of the early days remain.

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Etymology

The settlement is referred to as Bacheham in the Domesday Book of 1086. The name is thought to derive from Beohha's homestead (Beohhan + ham in Old English).[3] The name of the small stream here - the River Beck - is most likely to have been named after the village.[4]

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