Places to Visit

There are four Grade I listed buildings in the borough of Bexley: Hall Place, Danson House, Red House and Crossness Pumping Station.

 

Hall Place in Bourne Road, Bexley was built in 1537 as a country house for a former Lord Mayor of London. It stands in award-winning gardens next to the River Cray. It is open daily all year round, with exhibitions in its galleries and hosts a programme of events. Further information can be found at www.bexleyheritagetrust.org.uk.

 

Danson House, a magnificent Georgian mansion situated in parkland, was built for Sir John Boyd in 1766. In the 20th century it fell into a ruinous state until English Heritage began a decade of restoration in 1995. It re-opened to the public in 2005 with period room displays and exhibitions. From 2016 it has been managed by Bexley Council and is the site of the borough's registry office.

 

Crossness Pumping Station, the ornamental sewage pumping station designed by engineer Sir Joseph Bazalgette was officially opened by the Prince of Wales in 1865. It was abandoned in the 1950s and left to decay but since 1987 it has been restored to its former glory by volunteers. Public steaming days are held on specific dates each year. Further information can be found at www.crossness.org.uk.

 

Red House, Red House Lane, Bexleyheath was the home of William Morris, the textile designer and artist from 1860-1866. It was purchased by the National Trust in 2003 and is open Wednesday to Sunday. Further information can be found at www.nationaltrust.org.uk/red-house.

 

Other places of interest include:

 

Lesnes Abbey Ruins, Lesnes Park, Abbey Wood, the remains of Lesnes Abbey, founded by Richard de Luci in 1178. Free and open at all times for visitors to explore, with information panels explaining its history.

 

Weald and Downland Open Air Museum, Singleton, West Sussex: not in Bexley! but worth a visit to see its preservation of a medieval house taken from North Cray Village when the dual carriageway was constructed in the 1960s. Further information can be found at www.wealddown.co.uk.

 

Severndroog Castle, Castle Wood, off Shooters Hill: again, not in Bexley but not that far outside it! Severndroog Castle was built in 1784 as a memorial to Sir William James and is open to visitors Thursday, Friday and Sunday. Further information can be found at www.severndroogcastle.org.uk.

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Meetings are held at the hall of St John Fisher RC Church, Thanet Road, Bexley

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