Until the building of the railway, Beckenham (BR3) was largely rural and a small village. Until 1857, much of the land in Beckenham was private parkland. However, when the railway came to town, building began, and the population shot up. In 50 years the population of Beckenham rose from 2,000 to 26,000 and has been growing, at a lesser pace, ever since.
There is minimal written history of Beckenham. However, archaeological evidence does suggest that the site has been occupied since the stone age. Stone age Londoners then became Bronze Age Londoners. A Roman camp was also found in Beckenham and a Roman road. So, despite the lack of written history, Beckenham has certainly been home to a healthy amount of history like the rest of London.
St George’s Church, built in the 12th century, is a shining beacon of the history of this area of London. Although most of the Beckenham that we know and love today is relatively new, it holds a fascinating and wonderful history. So, if you live in Beckenham, your home may lay on the site of a Bronze Age home. Perhaps a Roman villa or maybe a Norman estate! Beckenham is steeped in history, and you are now a part of it.