Shortlands is a ward of the London Borough of Bromley. Located less than a mile from Bromley town centre it has good transport links to central London, mainly to London Blackfriars and London Victoria from Shortlands railway station.
Historically, Shortlands was known as Clay Hill. It became known as Shortlands around 1800, after the fields which at this point of the Ravensbourne river ran at right angles up the slopes either side.
Shortlands is most famous for Enid Blyton having lived there in the later stages of her life. Other famous residents have included the novelist Mrs Craik, for whom Norman Shaw built a house on Shortlands Road, and the electrical engineer Alexander Muirhead, credited with recording the first human electrocardiogram. George Grote, the eminent historian of Greece, was born here when it was known as Clay Hill.
There are several shops near to the railway station, as well as award winning restaurants such as the Shortlands Tandoori, FuDo Chinese Takeaway and the Shortland(s) Restaurant, named as the best Kebab Restaurant in London recently by Time Out magazine.
An interesting fact about Shortlands is that the Greenwich meridian passes straight through it (especially on Warren Avenue and Farnaby Road) and provides a slightly less famous place for people to be able to stand on both the East and the West.
Near the station is the Shortlands Tavern where many locals gather. Main schools in Shortlands are Valley Primary School, Clare House Primary School and Bishop Challoner School. On top of Shortlands hill towards the Chinese Garage is the rather inconspicuous Shortlands library, linked with other libraries of the Bromley borough.
Situated near Ravensbourne station is the Shortlands Golf Club for public use. The club was formed in 1894 and is open to this day. Other interesting facts about Shortlands: Perched on the hill looking over the valley is Bromley Reform Synagogue for the use of Jewish citizens. The river Ravensbourne runs beneath the heart of Shortlands and can be seen from the recreation ground nearby.
Scheme is a risk to safety ; Safety is mainly a matter of common sense. I question this point when it comes to planning and developers. In 2004 at the junction of Shortlands Lane and New Street planning consent was granted to build four bungalows, visibility splays and room for a fire engine to pass to Tiverton Road safely. Safety first; which is good.
Oct 05, 2010; Safety is mainly a matter of common sense. I question this point when it comes to planning and developers. In 2004 at the...