For a London suburb, Beckenham is surprisingly leafy, forming part of the South East London Green Chain. Originally a Kent village, it remained a rural farming area interspersed with large, gracious estates until the mid-nineteenth century, when the railway arrived bringing prosperity and a huge boost in population. Home to a number of estates that later became large parks, the area retains much of the gentile and rural charm of its past.
The area also plays host to a number of historic buildings, and is home to one of the oldest lychgates in England, dating back to the thirteenth century. Using a beautiful selection of old and new photographs, author David R. Johnson invites the reader to join him on a nostalgic and picturesque journey through time, telling the fascinating story of how Beckenham has grown into the vibrant community it is today.
David was born in Beckenham 1930 and has lived in the area virtually all his life. The exceptions were his National Service in The Royal Artillery and working away from home as a Civil Servant and for B T. He has always had an interest in local history and has served on the committee of The Borough of Bromley Local History Society. He conducts history walks around Beckenham, Penge and Crystal Palace districts, also giving talks on these areas.