Belvedere, London

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Belvedere
Belvedere is located in Greater London
Belvedere

 Belvedere shown within Greater London
OS grid referenceTQ495785
London boroughBexley
Ceremonial countyGreater London
RegionLondon
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townBELVEDERE
Postcode districtDA17
Dialling code020
01322
PoliceMetropolitan
FireLondon
AmbulanceLondon
EU ParliamentLondon
UK ParliamentErith & Thamesmead
London AssemblyBexley and Bromley
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Coordinates: 51°29′08″N 0°09′15″E / 51.4856°N 0.1541°E / 51.4856; 0.1541

Belvedere
Belvedere is located in Greater London
Belvedere

 Belvedere shown within Greater London
OS grid referenceTQ495785
London boroughBexley
Ceremonial countyGreater London
RegionLondon
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townBELVEDERE
Postcode districtDA17
Dialling code020
01322
PoliceMetropolitan
FireLondon
AmbulanceLondon
EU ParliamentLondon
UK ParliamentErith & Thamesmead
London AssemblyBexley and Bromley
List of places
UK
England
London
Belvedere ward (green) within the London Borough of Bexley (yellow)

Belvedere play /ˈbɛlvədɪər/ is a suburban and largely working class area and electoral ward in the London Borough of Bexley in Southeast London.

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History

The area which is today known as Belvedere was originally part of Lesness Heath, which originally stretched from the area of Lesnes Abbey to Erith and constituted the estate of Sir Culling Eardley. Eardley constructed a large wooden tower (see Belvedere (structure)) on the heath to gain views over his estate to the river Thames, giving the area its name from the Latin "Beautiful View". The name can also be applied today, as the area offers amazing views towards Canary Wharf and Central London, especially from the bend at the end of Ruskin Road.

Eardley was persuaded to allow the construction on his property, of a Dissenters' chapel, which was built so that the original wooden belvedere became its tower. In order that the public were able to attend this chapel, he constructed paths to it across Lesness Heath. At some point, the original chapel and Belvedere was burned down and the present All Saints' Church was constructed in its place on the original site. At the same time Eardley constructed Villa Houses and fortified the heath path into what is now Erith Road. The Village of Belvedere soon grew up along the path which became Nuxley Road as Eardley gradually sold off the land.

Districts

Within the nearby area are the following: Erith Marshes, Abbey Wood, Bostall Heath and Woods, Lesnes Abbey, Thamesmead, and West Heath. Belvedere formed part of the Municipal Borough of Erith before 1965. It resides under London transport Zone 5.

Upper Belvedere features a fine church and some modest brick villas. It has a number of fine pubs - notably "The Eardley Arms" on Woolwich Road, "The Vic" on Victoria Street and "The Fox" in Belvedere Village.[1] Upper Belvedere is also home to a large park and a library that was in danger of being shut down due to the government's cuts. Fortunately closure threats have been averted thanks to the efforts of the local community.

Lower Belvedere is better known for a Methodist chapel, a Sikh Temple and a high technology sludge incinerator, which is an unexpected landmark on the south bank of the river Thames. Britain's largest waste incinerator is also due to be built here.

The area code to the west and north of Belvedere Station is 020 and to the east and south of the station it is 01322.

Sport

Erith and Belvedere Football Club recently moved to Welling in a ground-sharing arrangement. Belvedere Football Club play at Memorial Sports Ground, Woolwich Road, Abbey Wood and compete in the Kent County League Division One (West).

Politics

Councillors for the Belvedere Ward of Bexley London Borough Council are Kerry Allon (Conservative), Gill MacDonald (Labour) and Seán Newman (Labour). Belvedere lies within the Erith and Thamesmead constituency (MP Teresa Pearce, Labour), and is in the Bexley and Bromley London Assembly constituency, represented by James Cleverly (Conservative).

Education

For education in Belvedere, London see the main London Borough of Bexley article

Transport and locale

Belvedere railway station, opened in 1859, is in Lower Belvedere and is served by the North Kent Line which runs from Cannon Street (London) to Dartford/Gravesend/Gillingham (Kent).

Nearest places

Places of worship

Rail

The nearest railway stations in the area are Belvedere railway station. Trains from this station runs to London Charing Cross and London Cannon Street via Woolwich and Greenwich to the west. To the east the trains go to Dartford and a limited service to Crayford or Gravesend and Gillingham.

Nearest railway stations

Buses

See also

References

  1. ^ Erroniously called by some: 'Nuxley Village' because the main road is 'Nuxley Road'. Like most roads in the area Nuxley Road is named with reference to Sir Culling Eardley who lived at Belvedere Manor (subsequently the site of the Royal Alfred Seaman's Home). Nuxley was the name of a village that used to exist on his Bedwell estate, which was cleared in the 1700s land enclosures. The Road in Belvedere is named after the Hertfordshire village, not the village itself.

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