Coney Hall

Coney Hall, Bromley

One of the constituent parts of West Wickham, with its own small shopping parade

View over Coney Hall - Garry Knight

Coney Hall Farm was first men­tioned in the 17th cen­tu­ry, when its lease stat­ed that the ten­ant had the sole right to catch coneys (rab­bits) on near­by Jackson’s Heath.

Fol­low­ing the death of lord of the manor Sir Hen­ry Lennard in 1928, much of his Wick­ham Court estate was sold to Morrell’s, which was also build­ing on the west­ern side of Petts Wood. Con­struc­tion work on the estate’s 1,000 homes began in 1933 and the shops of Kingsway Parade were built on the south side of Croy­don Road.

Many of the hous­es were in a stan­dard style, with polyg­o­nal bay win­dows and half-tim­bered gables, and were priced more afford­ably than else­where in West Wick­ham, although this dis­tinc­tion has since dimin­ished.

Coney Hall - 81 Kingsway
81 Kingsway

As a result of Sir Henry’s for­mer oppo­si­tion to the con­struc­tion of roads across his land, the estate was ini­tial­ly dif­fi­cult to reach and Lon­don Trans­port refused to pro­vide a bus ser­vice on the nar­row and hilly lanes. Morrell’s respond­ed by lay­ing on a free coach con­nec­tion with the near­est sta­tion at Hayes but the ser­vice was with­drawn when the estate was com­plet­ed.

In 1937 Elsy and Jim Bor­ders, the own­ers of 81 Kingsway, with­held their mort­gage pay­ments in protest at the alleged jer­ry-built con­di­tion of their new home. Hun­dreds more mort­gage pay­ers struck in sym­pa­thy around the coun­try and the ensu­ing court case influ­enced the fram­ing of the Build­ing Soci­eties Act in 1939, which strength­ened the rights of mort­gagors.

From 1956 Glebe Way linked Coney Hall with West Wickham’s High Street, at last over­com­ing the prob­lems of access.

Some authorities have placed the Roman settlement of Noviomagus near the present Layhams Road, although most prefer Crayford.

A Greenwich meridian stone in Coney Hall recreation ground marks the point of zero degrees longitude.

Postcode area: West Wickham BR4
Population: 15,906 (Hayes and Coney Hall ward, 2011 census)
Further reading: Joyce Moore, Blow the Candle out Honey, self-published, c.1995 (wartime reminiscences of Coney Hall)
Web page: The story of Elsy and Jim Borders
Painting: Coney Hall Farm
* The view over Coney Hall at the top of this page is modified from an original photograph, copyright Garry Knight, at Flickr, made available under the Attribution 2.0 Generic Licence. Any subsequent reuse is freely permitted under the terms of that licence.