Crayford Road, Crayford, Bexley, 1905


This view looks west towards Crayford Bridge.

The clock tower was built in 1902 by the Dartford Rural District Council. It has a dual function: to commemorate the coronation of Edward VII and, as the vent in the cupola suggests, to act as a sewer vent pipe.

The site to the right was part of the munitions and armaments firm of Vickers. The ancient cottages to the left were called Swan Cottages; they were soon to be demolished. The chimney belonged to the tannery of Murgatroyd Brothers.

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