Swanley TC

Highlands Hill, Swanley

This is to inform you that following on from our carriageway surface treatment earlier this year Kent County Council will be carrying out adjustment of ironwork (manholes and gully gratings) on Highlands Hill, between its junctions with School Lane and Beechenlea Lane.

Work is due to start on Wednesday 28th June and is expected to last for 3 days.

During these essential works, it will be necessary to close Highlands Hill so that we can carry out the works safely for both the workforce and road users.

Works will take place between the hours of 08:00hrs and 17:00hrs, and the road will be re-opened when it is safe to do so, but it is inevitable that residents and businesses near the works will experience minor disruption, and we aim to keep this to a minimum.

Access to properties within the site will be maintained at all times although vehicle access to individual properties may be restricted for short periods whilst work is carried out.

If you have any particular access requirements, please let the workforce on site know or call us on the number provided below.

A signed diversion route will be in place during the closure via Highlands Hill, B258, B2173 and Beechenlea Lane.

What you can do to help
We need your help to make sure the work is done as quickly as possible.

If your vehicle is usually parked on the carriageway, please could you make sure you park it somewhere else away from the site whilst the works are being carried out.

Please respect our workers space and safety by driving carefully and slowly near where we are working.

Feedback from our workers shows that too many drivers drive too fast.

Our crews work next to moving traffic and risk injury every day, everyone is entitled to a safe workplace.

How to contact us
Please keep this leaflet in a safe place so you can refer to it if you need to contact us or if you have any urgent concerns about how these road works will affect you – call us on 03000 418181. Please also visit our website www.kent.gov.uk/highways to find out how we look after the roads throughout Kent or report any faults you find on our roads.

If you have any urgent concerns or worries as the work is taking place, please speak to the workmen on site in the first instance.

For your safety and the safety of our workforce, please drive carefully and slowly through the roadworks

Button Street, Swanley

When we plan to carry out the work and how long it will take

This is to inform you that following on from our carriageway surface treatment earlier this year Kent County Council will be carrying out adjustment of ironwork (manholes and gully gratings) on Button Street, between its junctions with Wood Street and the M25 Roadbridge.

Work is due to start on Monday 3rd July and is expected to last for 2 days.

How will we carry out the works and how will it affect you

During these essential works, it will be necessary to close Button Street so that we can carry out the works safely for both the workforce and road users.

Works will take place between the hours of 08:00hrs and 17:00hrs, and the road will be re-opened when it is safe to do so, but it is inevitable that residents and businesses near the works will experience minor disruption, and we aim to keep this to a minimum.

Access to properties within the site will be maintained at all times although vehicle access to individual properties may be restricted for short periods whilst work is carried out. If you have any particular access requirements please let the workforce on

Access to properties within the site will be maintained at all times although vehicle access to individual properties may be restricted for short periods whilst work is carried out. If you have any particular access requirements please let the workforce on site know or call us on the number provided below.

A signed diversion route will be in place during the closure via Wood Street, Ship Lane, A225 and A20.

What you can do to help

We need your help to make sure the work is done as quickly as possible. If your vehicle is usually parked on the carriageway, please could you make sure you park it somewhere else away from the site whilst the works are being carried out.

If your vehicle is usually parked on the carriageway, please could you make sure you park it somewhere else away from the site whilst the works are being carried out.

Please respect our worker's space and safety by driving carefully and slowly near where we are working. Feedback from our workers shows that too many drivers drive too fast.

Our crews work next to moving traffic and risk injury every day, everyone is entitled to a safe workplace.

How to contact us

Please keep this leaflet in a safe place so you can refer to it if you need to contact us or if you have any urgent concerns about how these road works will affect you – call us on 03000 418181. Please

Please also visit our website www.kent.gov.uk/highways to find out how we look after the roads throughout

Kent or report any faults you find on our roads.

If you have any urgent concerns or worries as the work is taking place, please speak to the workmen on site in the first instance.

For your safety and the safety of our workforce, please drive carefully and slowly
through the roadworks

Telephone: 01322 665 855
Email: towncouncil@swanleytowncouncil.gov.uk

Swanley History

Swanley grew from a crossroads with virtually no buildings, to a considerable town with a population of 16,588 (2001) in one and a half centuries.

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Once the railway had been established it led to Swanley becoming a horticultural centre and it was also seen as being the ideal place to send sick Londoners. Swanley’s soil and climate were recognised as a healing environment now easily accessible from London by train.

Three hospitals were established here: the Kettlewell (or Alexandra) Hospital in 1885, Parkwood Hospital in 1893 and White Oak Hospital in 1897.

The Kettlewell stood on the site of Asda’s car park and was for poor patients from London who needed to recuperate after major surgery, and so rested in Swanley.

The Parkwood hospital was similarly used and White Oak was originally for children with eye diseases.

During both world wars Kettlewell & Parkwood were used as military hospitals, Parkwood become part of the Sidcup Hospital for facial injuries.

The setting up of the National Health Service in 1948 meant these old London Hospitals became redundant – Kettlewell and White Oak closed in 1959 and Parkwood ceased being a hospital in the early 1960’s.

Today reminders of these three important places still exist e.g the gates of White Oak can still be seen opposite Swanley Police Station in London Road, the Roman Catholic Church in Bartholomew Way is on the site of Kettlewell’s chapel and Parkwood still exists in its entirety in Beechenlea Lane – now Parkwood Hall School.

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Swanley Home for Little Boys was opened in 1883 for orphans from London, a place in the country where they learned a trade to secure a living in later life.

This fine Victorian building is now Furness School in Hextable.Swanley was originally seen as developing into a genteel Victorian residential area with the building of several villas along London Road and Birchwood Park Avenue, these included private schools for middle class Victorian families.

This vision was defeated by the needs of horticulture and industry, which used Swanley’s good rail and road communications with London and Kentish markets as a place for both their businesses and workers.

Railway workers were soon joined by horticultural workers who, in turn, were followed by industry such as Thomas Wood’s jam factory which stood on the site of Swan Mill.

The War Memorial, outside St Mary’s Church since 1980, was originally on the junction of Swanley Lane and London Road and was unveiled in 1922.

The Memorial contains a total of 138 names of the dead of two World Wars including Staff Paymaster Joseph Gedge of Swanley, the first British Officer killed in the First World War.

In 1975 the Library replaced rooms in the White Oak Hospital building.

In 1999 the Library was rebuilt and is known as the Library and Information Centre.

The recreation ground in what is now St Mary’s Road was land given to the parish of Sutton-at Home (including Swanley), St Mary’s Cray, Eynsford and Farningham in 1900.

Swanley History Group

Swanley History Group is a Community Organisation interested in preserving the history and heritage of Swanley, Kent and the surrounding area.

We aim to collect and preserve photos, books, newspaper cuttings, postcards and other ephemera which relate to the history of the area and its people as well as documenting personal stories and memories.

We hold monthly meetings on the 1st Tuesday of every month for the presentation and discussion of historical topics which relate to the area.

Meetings are held at White Oak Indoor Bowls Centre Garrolds Close Swanley BR8 7BF

If you have any material which may be of interest to us or want further information on meetings or membership  please contact us at swanleyhistorygroup@hotmail.co.uk

See our website https://swanleyhistorygroup.weebly.com

Find us on Facebook  or Twitter @swanleyhistory1

The Swanley Gateway is the best place to start finding out about Swanley’s history. There is a local collection with files, maps and illustrations.