OS Grid Reference: TQ4470
The 1841 population was 1,792

"Chislehurst is an extensive parish 3 miles east from Bromley, 11 south-east from London, .... in the lathe of Suttin-at-Hone, Hundred of Ruxley, and County court district of Bromley, situated on the high road from Bromley to the Crays. The historian and antiquary, Camden, chose this place for his retirement, and here he compiled his annals of Queen Elizabeth. In the park, attached to Camden House, may be seen that celebrated piece of architecture which is commonly styled the Lanthorn of Demosthenes, or choragic monument of Lysicrates. There are several other elegent seats in this neighbourhood, including those of Frognall, Lord Viscount Sydney's. The church is a fine structure, with spire and 6 bells, in the centre of the village, dedicated to St. Nicholas, with a monument to Sir Philip Warwick. ... Here are chapels for the Baptists and Wesleyans, and there are National and Infant schools. A pleasure fair is held here on the Wednesday and Thursday after Whit Sunday. .... The celebrated statesman Sir Francis Walsingham, was born at Chislehurst, and the great literary character, Prince Hoare, was buried here."  1852 directory

Administrative Units

Chislehurst fell within the Hundred of Ruxley. Its 19th century Registration District & Poor Law Union was Bromley.
Probate Jurisdiction was Rochester to 1845, PCC 1846-57.

Chislehurst included part of the settlement of Sidcup.

Census Publications

  • 1851 Name Index and Page Images published on CD-Rom as part of CD7 (Bromley Registration District).
  • 1851 Name Index (only) published on microfiche as part of Volume I (Bromley Registration District).
  • 1891 Transcript published on CD-Rom as part of CD2 (Bromley Registration District).

For ordering details see Census Publications.

Churches and Chapels (pre-1910)

Church of England

  1. St Nicholas (Ancient Parish church) 
  2. Annunciation High St.
  3. Christ Church Lubbock Rd.
  4. Sidcup, St John the Evangelist Church Rd.
  5. St John the Baptist: Mission church, Mill Place.  Built 1886, closed 1939. No information on registers

Roman Catholic


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