A pleasant suburban locality situated midway between Bexleyheath and Sidcup
The first known resident was Jordan de Bladindon, who built a house here in the 14th century. In the 1650s the house’s Royalist owners had to mortgage the estate to pay a fine imposed on them after the Civil War, but they regained possession following the Restoration. The house later came into the hands of Jacob Sawbridge, an MP and director of the South Sea Company, whose collapse in 1720 owing to speculation mania caused a national financial crisis.
A new Blendon Hall was erected in 1763, accompanied by significant improvements to the 90-acre grounds.
Like most of the surrounding area, the construction of the Rochester Way was the catalyst for Blendon’s suburbanisation. Blendon Hall and grounds were put up for sale in 1929 and bought for £29,000 by DC Bowyer, a prominent local builder.
Bowyer’s homes attracted middle-class buyers, but the new residents were not rich enough to fulfil his hopes of converting Blendon Hall into a private school, so the 20-bedroom mansion was demolished and replaced by more housing.
The Blendon and Penhill ward has a high proportion of married, Christian owner-occupiers, who are overwhelmingly of white British origin.
Postcode area: Bexley DA5
Population: 10,910 (Blendon and Penhill ward, 2011 census)
Further reading: Roger Mayo, Blendon: From the Earliest Times, Bexley Local Studies and Archive Centre, 2002