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Elmstead, London

Elmstead is located in Greater London
 Elmstead shown within Greater London
OS grid reference
London borough Bromley
Ceremonial county Greater London
Region London
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district BR7
Dialling code 020
Police Metropolitan
Fire London
Ambulance London
EU Parliament London
UK Parliament Bromley & Chislehurst
London Assembly Bexley and Bromley
List of places

Elmstead is a residential district in south east London, England within the London Borough of Bromley. It is located north east of Bromley.


  • History 1
    • Toponomy 1.1
  • Geography 2
    • Nearby areas 2.1
  • Transport 3
  • References 4



The name is recorded in 1320 as Elmsted and means 'place where elm trees grow'. The name was shared with Elmstead Place mansion and the woodland of Elmstead Wood. After the local railway station opened it took the name Elmstead Woods.[1]


Elmstead Wood has public access from Elmstead Lane and other locations.[2] It lies on the Green Chain walk. It is adjacent to Sundridge Park Golf Club.

Elmstead Pit, opposite the railway station, is a geological Site of Special Scientific Interest which has important fossils from the Eocene epoch 50 million years ago.[3][4]

Nearby areas


Elmstead Woods railway station serves the area with services to London Charing Cross, Orpington and Sevenoaks. Transport for London bus 314 connects the area with Eltham via New Eltham and to New Addington via Bromley and Hayes.


  1. ^ Mills, D. (2000). Oxford Dictionary of London Place Names. Oxford. 
  2. ^ Elmstead Wood, Bromley Council
  3. ^ Elmstead Pit, Natural England citation
  4. ^ Elmstead Pit, Natural England, Nature on the Map
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