St Paul Cray

Coordinates: 51°23′59″N 0°06′24″E / 51.3998°N 0.1067°E / 51.3998; 0.1067

St Paul's Cray
Greater London
OS grid reference TQ466688
London borough Bromley
Ceremonial county Greater London
Region London
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town ORPINGTON
Postcode district BR5
Dialling code 01689
020
Police Metropolitan
Fire London
Ambulance London
EU Parliament London
UK Parliament Orpington
London Assembly Bexley and Bromley
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St Paul's Cray is an area of South East London, England and is a part of the London Borough of Bromley.


The town includes a small parade of shops, as well as part of the industrial estate on Cray Avenue that connects to its sister St Mary Cray. The former Broomwood pub is now a McDonald's and lies on the main road. Like St Mary Cray, St Paul's Cray is home to a large ex-traveller community as well as many descendants of Irish travellers who moved south from Bermondsey after the docks shut. The art deco tower of the Allied Bakeries (which was designed by Sir Alexander Gibb & Partners), formerly Tip Top Bakeries, is a local landmark. The local football team, Cray Wanderers F.C., is one of the oldest football clubs in the world.[1] Cray Wanderers are set to return to the area by 2014, at Sandy Lane.

History

The area was known in the 16th century as Paul Crey. William Camden born in 1551 writes in a 1610 travel guide in a section on Kent: "Here the riverlet Crey, anciently called Crecan , intermingleth it selfe with Darent, ? when in his short course he hath imparted his name to five townlets which hee watereth,as Saint Marie Crey, Pauls Crey, Votes-Crey, North Crey,? and Crey-ford in former ages Crecanford, where Hengest the Saxon, the eighth yeare after his arrivall, joyned battaile with the Britans, and after hee had slaine their captaines brought them under with so great a slaughter that afterwards hee never stood in feare of them, but established his kingdome quietly in Kent." [2]

Nearby Places

Transport

Buses

St Paul's Cray is served by several Transport for London bus services.


Railway

The closest railway station to the settlement is St Mary Cray station, which has regular fast services to London Victoria via Bromley South, stopping services to Kentish Town via Catford, as well as Kent bound services to Sevenoaks, Gillingham and Ashford International.

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