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Chislehurst
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Administration
Borough:Bromley
County:Greater London
Region:Greater London
Nation:England
Other
Ceremonial County:Greater London
Traditional County:Kent
Post Office and Telephone
Post town:CHISLEHURST
Postcode:BR7
Dialling Code:020

Chislehurst is a place in the London Borough of Bromley. Before 1965 it was part of the Chislehurst and Sidcup urban district of Kent.

Camden Place (now Chislehurst Golf Club) is where the French Emperor Napoleon III died in exile in 1873.

The name "Chislehurst" is derived from the Saxon words "chisle" which means gravel and "hurst" which means woodland and so Chislehurst means 'gravel woodland'. For more information, visit The Chislehurst Guide (http://rands.holman.org/Chislehurst.html).

A local attraction is Chislehurst Caves. The caves are considered to be of very ancient origin. They were originally used to mine flint and chalk. During World War II, thousands of people used them nightly as an air raid shelter. There is even a chapel. One child was born in the caves during WWII, and her name was 'Cavina'. The caves have also been used as a venue for live music, and even Jimi Hendrix once played there live, not to mention The Who. The caves are reputedly haunted, and Druids are said to have made grisly human sacrifices in the depths of the caves. You can tour the caves most days, and on Sundays, there is a special extended tour, lasting approximately one and a half hours.

Chislehurst Caves entrance
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Chislehurst Caves entrance

Chislehurst West may be found by going towards Mottingham, and this area includes the biggest of the ponds, and the High Street, which has many pubs and restaurants. Chislehurst West was previously known as 'Pricking' and 'Prickend'.

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