The railway from Orpington to Sevenoaks was completed in 1868 under the
directorship of the SER (South Eastern Railway). After crossing the huge
embankment over the Orpington Valley, it went into cutting before the 597
yard Chelsfield Tunnel which inspired The Railway Children by E Nesbit.
NIne navvies lost their lives building this. The line was operated by SER (and
from 1899 by a working partnership of SER and the London, Chatham and
Dover Railway, known as the South Eastern and Chatham Railway or SECR).
Much of the land belonged to Mr Waring of Chelsfield.
Sidings were provided on the
Up Line principally for coal,
and on the Down Line there
was a short siding on the level
where the push-pull carriages
were sometimes parked, and
wagons for local farmers to
both send and receive
In the late 1920s a footbridge
across the Up Line sidings was
built to serve the newly
constructed Chelsfield Park
A bomb fell on the tracks in 1940 demolishing the footbridge and damaging
tracks. The original timber station was destoyed by fire (as was Knockholt)
in the 1970s.
The skew road bridge carrying Warren Road has always been a popular
location for photographers.
2008 Philip Lane
A Community Archive
Chelsfield Station: a brief
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Chelsfield School Logbooks
Well Hill Mission Chapel
St Martin of Tours
Arthur Thomas Waring
Beating the Bounds
St Martins lightning strike
Fraud and forgery