Hazelwood, Bromley

A northern satellite of Cudham, located halfway along the lane to Green Street Green

geograph-4519303-by-Marathon - View from Snag Lane

Hazel­wood’s name dates back more than half a mil­len­ni­um: a Geof­frey de Hasil­wode was record­ed as liv­ing here­abouts in 1485. By Lon­don stan­dards, Hazel­wood is a very iso­lat­ed com­mu­ni­ty, main­ly con­sist­ing of detached hous­es and bun­ga­lows built along a hand­ful of unmetalled pri­vate roads and sur­round­ed by green-belt farm­land.

Here in the foothills of the North Downs, the ter­rain ris­es fair­ly steeply (again, by Lon­don stan­dards). Cud­ham Lane North ascends by almost 200 feet (61m) between the top and bot­tom of the map below, reach­ing 568 feet (173m) above sea lev­el at its junc­tion with Mace Lane.

The elon­gat­ed, cop­piced wood that gives the local­i­ty its name is sit­u­at­ed just to the west and extends south­wards into a sec­tion called Lord­field Shaw. The chalk grass­land is rich in ground flo­ra, includ­ing tooth­wort and spurge-lau­rel.

Footpath and bridleway junction beside Cudham Lane North
Foot­path lead­ing north­ward from Hazel­wood

Direct­ly south of the built-up area, Cud­ham Shaws girl­guid­ing camp occu­pies a swathe of land between Lord­field Shaw and Cud­ham Lane North. Click here to see a Bing bird’s eye view of the cam­p’s main ameni­ties.

The most notable event in Hazel­wood’s his­to­ry was the shoot­ing down in flames of squadron leader Thomas Gleave’s Hawk­er Hur­ri­cane fight­er dur­ing the Bat­tle of Britain. The plane crashed near Mace Farm. Gleave baled out and sur­vived but was hor­ri­bly burned. He was tak­en to Orp­ing­ton hos­pi­tal and then to a spe­cial­ist burns unit at East Grin­stead where he under­went pio­neer­ing plas­tic surgery. A year lat­er Gleave returned to active ser­vice and sub­se­quent­ly played a key role in plan­ning the allied inva­sion of Nor­mandy.

Amateur astronomers like to set up their telescopes at Hazelwood because it has one of the lowest levels of light pollution in the London area.

Postcode area: Sevenoaks TN14
See also: Downe
* The view of Hazelwood from Snag Lane at the top of this page is adapted from an original photograph, copyright Marathon, and the picture of the footpath and bridleway junction beside Cudham Lane North on this page is adapted from an original photograph, copyright David Anstiss, both at Geograph Britain and Ireland, made available under the Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic Licence. Any subsequent reuse of either image is freely permitted under the terms of that licence.