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The Blackfen Library moved from Cedar Avenue to newly refurbished premises on Blackfen Road in March 2005. There was some local controversy because of the character of the old library building and uncertainty as to whether the premises would be put to any use. The new library has computer facilities which are used extensively by local children.
Popular images of Blackfen mostly focus on the urban development of the area from the 1920s.
The River Shuttle flows eastward through Blackfen; along the river in this area are four parks/open spaces. In the order they appear on the course of the river, they are: Parish Wood, Holly Oak Wood Park, Willersley Park, and Marlborough Park. Wyncham Stream flowing north joins the River Shuttle at Holly Oak Wood Park; there is a small wood on this stream called Beverley Wood.
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There are two principal shopping parades, on Blackfen Road and at The Oval.
All of our branches are open until late, even on Sundays.
We are open until late, even on Sundays
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Blackfen School for Girls is at the eastern end of Blackfen Road. Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Primary School is in Holbeach Gardens. Days Lane Primary School is the largest primary school in the borough of Bexley and has approximately 650 children on its role. Sherwood Park Primary School is located off Sherwood Park Avenue and Ramillies Road.
At the Oval, there are three restaurants and a number of other small shops and businesses. The crescent-shaped parade of shops includes flats above and fronts an oval-shaped unfenced public garden with paths, flower beds and ornamental trees. Both the parade, with Tudoresque details to the frontage, and this small municipal garden are included in a designated Conservation Area.
Master Fryer, Dawat, La Bella Napoli and J. Ayre's are some of the eating establishments to be found in Blackfen.
To make sure we turn enquiries into viewings, we are available 8am to 8pm, seven days a week. Our longer opening hours are a huge advantage when selling a property. Ask a member of staff to show you their diary on a Sunday and you’ll be amazed by the number of appointments.
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Half a mile west along the Blackfen Road, on the south side is the "Jolly Fenman", built in the 1950s. The Fenman was refurbished in February 2006 and offers table service for meals. For about 4 years in the mid 1980s this pub had its own in-house brewery.
The Danson Estate was owned by Alfred Bean from the 1870s to the 1920s and it was he who sold the estate in 1922 which led to the development of Blackfen. Bean personally saw the potential of the area and was one of the prime movers in seeking the construction of the Bexleyheath Railway. Whilst the core of the Danson Estate still remains today, the Queenswood and Westwood estates saw the most development.
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Blackfen is a largely residential area of south-east London within the London Borough of Bexley. It is located north of Sidcup and east of Eltham.
The University of Greenwich Avery Hill Campus is located less than 1 mile to the West of the area.
In 2009, a sixth form teacher in the school, Keith Kinsella, was involved in a protest regarding the play England People Very Nice at London's National Theatre. He and local playwright Hussain Ismail, who led the protest, claimed that the play was racist and heavily stereotyping. They interrupted a Q&A session with the writer Richard Bean until security removed them ten minutes later, with Kinsella holding a sign exclaiming 'Proud to be living in multicultural Britain.' 
Following on from the development of houses were the churches of Blackfen which all began in temporary structures and locations. For example, the Church of the Holy Redeemer, originally a mission church to Holy Trinity, began with services over a florist in 1904 until a chapel was built in 1909 to cater to the needs of the growing population. The present building in Days Lane was dedicated on 21 October 1933.
Blacken is served by Transport for London bus routes 51 to Woolwich via Welling and Orpington via Sidcup, 132 to North Greenwich via Eltham and to Bexleyheath, and B13 to New Eltham and Bexleyheath. The nearest rail link to Blackfen is at Sidcup station.
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The Catholic Church of Our Lady of the Rosary near the top end of Burnt Oak Lane was built in 1936. Originally part of the parish of St Stephen's, Welling, it became a parish Church in its own right in 1945.
The school converted to academy status on 1 April 2012.
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Mark Dawson joins the Hunters Franchise network with the Blackfen & Sidcup Office. Hunters Blackfen estate agents, previously traded as an independent agent which was owned and ran for over 23 years by Mark who started his career back in 1985. Mark’s team consists of Pam Williams, Jon Rook, Matt Dawson, Kay Westpfel and Amanda Dawson who are all local people living in the area and have a wealth of experience in selling and renting in the London Borough of Bexley.
The word "Blackfen" means a black, marshy area. The soil is dark and fertile and the area around Blackfen Road and Wellington Avenue is prone to flooding in extreme conditions. The housing stock is almost exclusively owner-occupied houses of conventional British design. The sale of the Danson Estate in 1922 marked the beginning of a major period of house building in the area and most of the houses date from the 1930s.
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The Anglican Church of the Holy Redeemer in Days Lane, dedicated on 21 October 1933, is built entirely of steel and concrete. The architect was A.S.R. Ley. The Church describes itself as a "forward-looking, average Anglican congregation". The Good Shepherd Church on Blackfen Road is part of the parish of Holy Redeemer.
The development of Blackfen began with the sale of plots for £5 across Blackfen Road after the sale of the Danson Estate. Families then began to build wooden huts which had led, by the 1920s, to a string of individual, self- built bungalows on the main road, Days Lane and Fen Grove. The beginning of the 1930s saw the increasing growth of the estate development, with Days Lane School opened in 1931 to cope with the additional children in the area.
However, the town's existence can be traced back to records dating from 1241, where the suburb has its earliest mention in an Assize roll (trial record) listed under "Blackwene". Blackfen is also mentioned in letters of Henry VII dated 1540, regarding tenement and fees.