Scadbury Manor: The hidden gem Tudor ruins in Chislehurst opening their doors to the public

Kent is home to many a historical site, from grand and well-preserved castles, to a half-buried Roman Villa, and even a ruined medieval chapel perched on a deteriorating coastline.

But one such location is far less known about, and even more difficult to visit.

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Scadbury Nature Reserve may seem a fairly ordinary area of woodland, sandwiched between Sidcup and Chislehurst, and just off the A20, but this historic wood is home to one of Kent’s most hidden gems – Scadbury Manor.

The Manor, or rather what’s left of it, is deep in Scadbury’s woodland, placed conveniently on a scenic circular walking route through open fields and deciduous forest.

Public access is strictly limited as a matter of conservation, though the Orpington and District Archaeological Society often are able to organise an open weekend, though rarely more than for a handful of hours, once a year – and the dates for 2021 have been announced.

Though no advance booking is required, the 2021 open weekend is slated for 11 and 12 September 2021, between 2pm and 5pm on each day, with final entry at 4.30pm.

The history of Scadbury

Scadbury’s history is long, murky and complex, though it is believed that the Manor was first owned by the De Scathebury family in the 13th century, the family name having outlived their ownership and slowly becoming Scadbury, as the surrounding area is now known.

It was then bought in 1424 by Thomas Walsingham, a London MP and wine merchant, who added additional lands to the estate, remaining in the Walsingham family for over two centuries until it’s sale in 1660.

In the intervening years, the manor was the residence of the Sherriff of Kent, Queen Elizabeth I’s Principal Secretary, and a Lieutenant of the Tower of London, who was responsible for jailing many of Henry VIII’s most notorious enemies.

It even briefly saw visitation from famous Tudor playwright and pioneer of the gothic literary genre, Christopher Marlowe, in 1593.

From there it was sold to the High Sheriff of Kent, Richard Betenson in 1660, before passing through the hands of Colonel John Selwyn and ultimately Thomas Townshend, 1st Viscount Sydney, the namesake of Australia’s largest city.

It is believed the manor was pulled down in the 18th century by Townshend’s family, though parts were built up again for use as a garden by subsequent occupants, including the renovation of the pillars, chimney, fireplace and a spiral staircase that are still visible today.

The Great Storm

The surrounding woodland was all also originally part of the estate, now a 300 acre conservation area, notable for its high number of burnt-out and felled trees, which were victims of the Great Storm of 1987.

Though much of the intrigue of Scadbury lies in the rich history and nearly untouched Tudor ruins, there have been other investigations into the house, such as multiple archaeological digs, turning up stoneware pottery and oyster shells.

There was also an amateur ghost hunt on the island conducted in 2007, and in spite of reports of a “wild brooding energy” and sounds of “1920/30s grammarphone music” being heard on the island, there is little popular mythology connected to the island house.

Ghosts aside, the manor is truly a hidden gem in Kent’s northwest reaches, and though access is extremely limited, the intrigue of a rarely opened Tudor ruin fit with a moat is enough to spark imagination on its own.

Kent News


Hayes Community Council AGM 2021

Hayes Community Council AGM 2021


Representatives of affiliated community organisations supporting the Hayes Village Hall Trust 

Hayes Village Hall: Charity Commission Regn No. 302956 


Hon. Secretary, Hayes Community Council:

Mrs. J Miah, 2a Hayes Road, Bromley BR2 9AA

The annual general meeting of Hayes Community Council will be held Online via Zoom at 8pm on Thursday 15 April 2021.

If you would like to attend please email and we will send you the link to the online meeting.

The Community Council represents most of the regular users of the Village Hall; non-members of the HCC are welcome to the meeting as users of the Hall and/or as residents.

The meeting will receive reports on maintenance, the long-term renewals programme, finance and fund raising. The Hayes Village Hall Management Committee for 2021-22 will also be elected.

The work of the Committee is not onerous and rarely presents any difficulty in solving a problem (other than finance!). Much of what we have to do follows through from familiarity with the building, and informal discussion with the groups which use the Hall.  But inevitably, members of the Committee join and leave it from time to time and we are always happy to welcome new members.  

Jenny Miah, Hon Sec., HCC

Oliver Pereira, Chairman, Hall Management Committee

March 2021

Bank holiday waste and recycling collections

Your recycling and waste collections are affected by Easter and other bank holidays. Please check the collection schedule below because most  collections will take place later than usual.

If you are a member of our green garden waste collection service, please check the calendar online to see if bank holidays affect your scheduled collection day.

My usual collection day  My holiday collection day 
Friday 2 April (Good Friday) Collection day as usual
Monday 5 April  (Bank holiday) Tuesday 6 April
Tuesday 6 April Wednesday 7 April
Wednesday 7 April Thursday 8 April
Thursday 8 April Friday 9 April
Friday 9 April Saturday 10 April
My usual collection day  My holiday collection day
Monday 3 May Tuesday 4 May
Tuesday 4 May Wednesday 5 May
Wednesday 5 May Thursday 6 May
Thursday 6 May Friday 7 May
Friday 7 May Saturday 8 May
My usual collection day My holiday collection day
Monday 31 May (bank holiday) Tuesday 1 June
Tuesday 1 June Wednesday 2 June
Wednesday 2 June Thursday 3 June
Thursday 3 June Friday 4 June
Friday 4 June Saturday 5 June
My usual collection day  My holiday collection day 
Monday 30 August (bank holiday) Tuesday 31 August
Tuesday 31 August Wednesday 1 September
Wednesday 1 September Thursday 2 September
Thursday 2 September Friday 3 September
Friday 3 September Saturday 4 September

Bromley Neighbourhood Watch Association’s Newsletter

Our Newsletters keep you abreast of news and events from sources such as local Police, Bromley Council, Trading Standards, Councillors, MPs, Action Fraud and the Met’s Cyber Crime Unit.


The Office for National Statistics (ONS) is carrying out the census for England and Wales. Census day is 21 March and information will be sent by post as a paper questionnaire or letter with an access code needed to fill in the online questionnaire

ONS will not call for information unless you’ve made an appointment with the Contact Centre or made a query or complaint. If in contact with the ONS:

  • All emails will be sent from
  • All text will be sent from Census2021.
  • If you text ONS, the response will come from 86677

From 22 March 2021, field officers from ONS may visit to offer help to complete the census questionnaire and/or to ensure everyone has been counted.

Bromley Trading Standards supports ONS to remind residents field officers will carry an official ID badge with a photograph and the officer’s name. Field officers and contact centre staff will NEVER ask for your national insurance number, passwords, money, your bank account details or your credit/debit card number. They will work in a socially distanced way and wear PPE but WILL NOT enter anyone’s home. Visits may occur Monday to Saturday (9am-8pm) or Sundays/Bank holidays (10am-4pm).

Call the Office for National Statistics on 0800 141 2021 if you are at all concerned. For more information visit: & 


In Bromley, the Police are uplifting patrols of transports hubs and town centres, particularly during the evenings to reassure lone female travellers. Superintendent Andy Brittain from our BCU confirms the message below has also been circulated using the Nextdoor application:

“I wanted to share with you some key messages in relation to the tragic death of Sarah Everard.

  • Sarah’s is an extremely rare but alarming case.
  • The arrest of a Metropolitan Police officer on suspicion of Sarah’s murder has sent waves of shock and anger through the public and through the whole of the Met.
  • We understand Sarah’s kidnap has left some in our local community feeling scared, especially women.
  • Our officers are out patrolling and are there for anyone who feels unsafe.
  • We are here to listen to your concerns and will keep doing everything we can to support and reassure you.
  • Please speak to officers on patrol or get in touch if you have any concerns.
  • We don’t believe women need to, nor are we advising women to take additional safety measures
  • Women, like men, should be able to walk our streets without the fear of abuse or violence.
  • Our advice hasn’t changed from the normal personal safety precautions that we advise everyone in the capital to routinely take.
  • Please follow this hyper-link for further crime prevention advice.

I will provide further updates as soon as I have them.”

The following is the Media Statement dated 10 March from The Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick:

“I want to start by saying that my thoughts and prayers are with Sarah Everard’s family and her friends at this very difficult and painful time. As you are aware, a man has been arrested on suspicion of her murder. This evening detectives and search teams investigating Sarah’s disappearance have very sadly discovered what we believe at this stage to be human remains. 

The discovery was made in an area of woodland in Ashford, Kent. As you can imagine, at this early stage we are not able to confirm any identity and indeed this may take us some time. Specialist officers have been with Sarah’s family to update them on the investigation and to continue to support them as best we possibly can.

The news today that it was a Metropolitan Police officer arrested on suspicion of Sarah’s murder has sent waves of shock and anger through the public and through the whole of the Met. I speak on behalf of all my colleagues in the Met when I say we are utterly appalled at this dreadful news. Our job is to patrol the streets and to protect people. The investigation is large, fast moving and very determined.  We have hundreds of officers and staff who have been working around the clock.

Sarah’s disappearance in these awful and wicked circumstances is every family’s worst nightmare. I know Londoners will want to know that it is thankfully incredibly rare for a woman to be abducted from our streets. But I completely understand that despite this, women in London and the wider public – particularly those in the area where Sarah went missing – will be worried and may well be feeling scared. You should expect to see continued high levels of police patrols in that area as well as very significant investigative activity.

Please report any concerns you may have to us.

We have been so impressed, and thankful for the public support for the investigation and for sharing our appeals for information and of course we are deeply grateful to the many people who have come forward to assist us.

HKVA Lodges planning application objection

An objection made to a planning application. Application SummaryAddress: 1 – 3 Station Approach Hayes Bromley BR2 7EQ

Proposal: Installation of 20m high monopole supporting communications apparatus and housing cabinets at ground-level, ancillary works thereto.|cr|(56 DAY CONSULTATION BY CORNERSTONE AND TELEFONICA UK LIMITED REGARDING THE NEED FOR APPROVAL OF SITING AND APPEARANCE OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS DEVELOPMENT).

Case Officer: Lawrence Stannard

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Commenter Type: Residents Association

Stance: Customer objects to the Planning ApplicationReasons for comment: – ObjectionComments: Whilst Hayes (Kent) Village Association fully understands the need to meet the increasing requirements for telecommunications infrastructure, the Association opposes this application for the following reasons. Under Section 10 of the Government’s National Planning Policy Framework published in February 2019, it is stated “Use of existing masts, buildings and other structures for new electronic communications capability (including wireless) should be encouraged.” The applicant has not provided any evidence to show that this requirement has been complied with. This Section continues ” Where new sites are required……equipment should be sympathetically designed and camouflaged where appropriate.” The application for this monopole does not comply with this stipulation. The proposed siting for this monopole is in a prominent position, it will be approximately 10m above the neighbouring rooftops and double the height of existing buildings. It will dominate the skyline and will be clearly visible in many parts of Hayes. It is evident from the side elevation drawings attached to this application that this monopole has been designed for extra equipment to be attached in addition to the unsightly antennas located at the top of the structure. Reference is made to a lower headframe for future antennas and equipment and proposed MW dishes. Further and better information is required to be submitted with this application specifying exactly what the additional equipment will consist of, and how this will impact the design of the monopole

Hayes Village Hall Christmas Tree

This year there will be a Christmas tree outside Hayes Village Hall, sponsored by the Hayes (Kent) Village Association and Hayes Village Hall Management Committee.

The Christmas tree, which has been donated by Dobbie’s, Keston Mark and with the help of Pam Anderson (HVH Manager), John and Janet Thompson (HKVA Committee), Ian Thomas and David Butler it has been delivered, erected and decorated and lights will go on each day from 3:30 pm until 9:30 pm. You too can get involved and help Hayes Village Hall, which has been badly affected this year. Christmas tree decorations can be purchased to put your personal message up. You will be able to retrieve them later (details below). For just £1 add a decoration to the tree. Choose from a Christmas tree or a Bauble. Decorate them and add a personal message.
You will be supporting Hayes Village Hall as all proceeds will go to the upkeep of the building. Either call Pam 07891 705 094 on or email The photographs below include a Christmas card poster from Janet Thompson on behalf of the Hayes (Kent) Village Association. Thank you for your support.