Bexley College is relocating to Erith and moving into a brand new building. There’ll be better road networks and more pedestrian links. But perhaps the greatest uplift will come from Crossrail, whose eastern end will be at Abbey Wood station, which is being substantially upgraded in readiness. From 2018 there’ll be high speed rail services from there into central London, Canary Wharf and out to Heathrow Airport.
Large areas of the development are already green space, and we are introducing new ones. There are also dedicated play areas for kids of all ages. Throughout Erith Park, newly planted trees and shrubs soften the streetscene and add a sense of distinction to the different streets.
Just north of Erith Park is The Dell, a small woodland area that is being enhanced and transformed into an ecology hub for all to use and enjoy. We have also created a multi-use games area off-site at Erith Recreation Ground.
The nearest station is Erith for Southeastern services towards Barnehurst, Crayford, Dartford, Gillingham, Gravesend, London Cannon Street and London Charing Cross.
Erith Deep Wharf - the blue building is the sliding flood barrier necessary to be opened for access to the pier
The museum's work at the former site of Erith School in Belmont Road revealed traces of prehistoric settlement, and of a substantial community or farmstead in the first century AD.
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The town was bombed heavily in the Second World War, mainly due its position on the riverside and near the Royal Arsenal. The bomb damage and a gradual decline in local trade prompted major redevelopment in the 1960s.
Since the late 1990s Erith has been undergoing significant changes, with the Erith Western Thames Gateway project being the culmination.
Erith is in the Bexley and Bromley London Assembly constituency and is represented on the London Assembly by James Cleverly (Conservative).
The earliest reference to the area is in a Latin charter of 695 recording a grant by the Bishop of the East Saxons of certain lands at Erith. In early times, the area may also have been known as Lesnes or Lessness. After the Norman Conquest, Erith passed into the possession of Bishop Odo and is mentioned in the Domesday Survey. In 1315, a Royal Charter was granted for a market to be held in Erith every Thursday. However, it was noted in 1776 that the market had long been discontinued.
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Engineering became an important industry around Erith, with armaments and cables being the main products. Vickers was a major employer and was linked to the Royal Arsenal at nearby Woolwich. Another local firm, Callender's Cables), supplied the world with high-class cable and laid a underwater pipeline across the English Channel, which supplied fuel to the Allied forces during the D-Day landings of 6 June 1944.
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Erith Park is a development that has been designed to have the feel of a community. It has a variety of different properties, high standards of architecture and traditional street patterns with enhanced pedestrian links, including routes to local schools. Most of the homes have their own outdoor space in the form of a private garden or balcony.
There are great facilities for indoor sport and fitness at Erith Leisure Centre, which include a 90-station gym and full size swimming pool.
In 1996, the two sites of Erith School, the East and West buildings, merged on one site on Avenue Road. In 2005, the school was awarded Specialist Schools status by the government, recognising its excellence in PE, Maths, and ICT. A new sixth-form block opened in 2007. Its Community Sports Centre is used during the evenings and weekends by a variety of teams.
Erith Park also has strong links to the wider community, through connections with local schools, colleges, places of work, training and enterprise, helping to bring opportunities and prosperity to those who live there. It’s a major enterprise, one of the largest in London, with £120 million being invested in it.
The apartments are smart and modern as well as being energy efficient and therefore low-cost to run, an important consideration for anyone’s budget. They comply with Level 4 in the Code for Sustainable Homes and features include solar panels and energy efficient combi-boilers in the houses, and a communal heating system to serve the apartments.
During the First World War Erith was an important area for the manufacture of guns and ammunition, largely due to the presence of the large Vickers works in the Fraser Road area. In the Second World War, Erith found itself in the thick of the conflict, being directly on the German bombing routes from continental Europe to London, and also because of the nearby armament factories.
Community interests are represented by Erith Town Forum. In the eastern part of Erith (in North End ward) community interests are also represented by Slade Green Community Forum.
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The regeneration falls within the remit of the Thames Gateway project, with Erith as a key focus for Bexley Council, as its only population centre on the River Thames.
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The A2016 road bisecting Erith, is a dual carriageway stretching across the Erith Marshes and intervening parts of London as far as Greenwich.
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If you’re feeling really energetic, you can cycle all the way to North Greenwich and the O2 Arena along National Cycle Route 1, with most of the route running alongside the river Thames. Erith Yacht Club also makes good use of the water, offering affordable sailing to people of all ages and abilities.
The initial broadcasts of pirate radio station West and North Kent Radio (WNKR) took place at Norvic House, Larner Road, Erith, during the bank holiday weekend in August 1987, on a frequency of 91.8 FM. The station now transmits pre-recorded music shows on the medium wave (198 metres/1512 kHz) at weekends, with some internet streaming options offered since 2000.
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We are delighted to confirm the appointment of Mrs Allen as the new Headteacher at Erith School and Mr Bryce as the new Head of School. Both these highly respected and dynamic leaders have stepped up from the previous roles as successful Deputy Headteachers and took up their new positions at the start of the New Year in January. Read More…
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The Local Government Act 1894 brought into existence Erith Urban District, which became the Municipal Borough of Erith in 1938. It included Northumberland Heath and Belvedere.
The Erith Symphony Orchestra closed in 1972 and it was almost 30 years before another orchestra was heard in the town, when the Dartford-based, Orchestra of the Thames Gateway gave a concert there in 2004 and in subsequent years.
In 1965, under the London Government Act 1963, Erith Municipal Borough was abolished and transferred to Greater London as part of the present London Borough of Bexley. The new boundary went far beyond the original London postal districts. However, for efficiency reasons, the Royal Mail decided not to expand the London postal district, so Erith, along with most of Bexley Borough, adjoins the SE postcode area but continues to be serviced from Dartford, Kent, and has DA postal codes.
In 2007, the Tour de France passed through Erith during the London leg of the Tour.
A new swimming pool was recently built adjoining the sports centre and the David Ives Stadium, which is home to Bexley Athletic Club and Erith Town F.C. ('The Dockers'), who play in the Kent League. (Note Erith & Belvedere F.C. play in Welling.) Erith Rugby Club play at Northumberland Heath Recreation Ground.
There was probably a church on the site of the present St John the Baptist's during the Anglo-Saxon period. The early settlement was based around it, meaning that the centre of Erith was once west of its current location.