Monday, 9 January 2017

M25 Button Street



Post to the north Swanley Village
Post to the west Swanley

Button Street
Canada Heights. Motorcycle Trials Circuit. This is owned by Sidcup Motor Cycle Club. It got the name of Canada Heights, during the Great War when Canadian troops were camped here. It has  been in regular use for off-road motorcycle sports for many years, and by the Sidcup Club since 1938. It has hosted many events, from Club level to International status. Including national TV coverage with the BBC "Grandstand Trophy" events during the 1960s. In 1985 the Club bought the site with the help of a Sports Council grant and sponsorship. After that access roads were laid, undergrowth was cleared a and a new track was created.
The Hop Pole.  This appears to have been a pub with a landlord said to have had a a tenure from 1816 to 1842. The Hop Pole.  In the mid 19th there was horse racing here. It was still open in 1900.
Broomhill. This is a business, probably used cars.

Farningham Woods
Ancient woodland with outstanding views over the Kent countryside.  This is a nature reserve opened by Sir David Attenborough in 1986, Farningham Woods Nature  It is also a  Site of Special Scientific Interest, and home to the Small-Leaved Lime, a rare tree which is only found on one other site in Kent, and several other unusual plants, including the largest British colony of the nationally rare Deptford Pink.

M25

Sources.
Dover Kent. Web site
Explore Kent. Web site
Farningham and Eysford Local History Society. Web site
Kent County Council. Where to see Wildlife in Kent.
Sidcup and District Motor Cycle Club. Web site

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