Another in the occasional series on historical sites on the “Capital Ring” walk …
Beckenham was first recorded in an Anglo-Saxon charter of 862 as Biohhahema mearcae, from the Old English personal name Beohha, ham, meaning homestead or village, and mearc, meaning mark or boundary. It remained essentially rural for much of its later history, only really beginning to become (sub)urbanised in the nineteenth century, after the arrival of the railway in 1857. Historically part of the county of Kent, it is now part of the London Borough of Bromley, created in 1965.
Part of the thirteenth-century manor house has been incorporated into the Old Council Hall. The seventeenth-century George Inn also still stands, on the High Street.
Church of St George
The church of St George was originally built in the twelfth century, and subsequently substantially rebuilt at the turn of the nineteenth and twentieth. It was damaged by V-1 flying bombs in 1944.
The lych-gate dates to the thirteenth century, and is said to be the oldest in England.