Up until the 1930s, the area surrounding Bexley was mainly farmland. There was a rural farming community there for many hundreds of years. However, the farmers from Bexley would still recognise some of the landmarks in Bexley today. For example, Hall Place. This is a Tudor house which was also slightly renovated in the Jacobean era. It’s just on the edge of the old village of Bexley and set into rather extensive grounds. This was the manor house of Bexley. The farmers would have likely paid taxes to the people living in Hall Place throughout the years.
The farmers in Bexley would’ve sold and traded their crops and animals in a market in the village. That was until 1866. In 1866, the railway came to Bexley. For a while, not much changed. The farmers were still farming, but the railway meant they could travel to the markets in London and make more money.
It was in the 1930s that Bexley began turning into the area of London that we know and love today. In the late 30s, Bexley Urban District Council gain land from Hall Place and the Halcot Estate to build on. By the beginning of WW2, Bexley looked remarkably similar to what we see today. From farmland to lovely homes, Bexley has a very London past!