The modern town area of today features a bingo-hall, Cineworld cinema hotel, magistrates' court, reference library, six-a-side football centre and ten-pin bowling alley (Ten Pin) among the more usual retail outlets provided to upgrade conditions for shoppers and to respond to the competition from the Bluewater Shopping Centre in nearby Greenhithe, Kent.
Regeneration work in 2007-08 on the Mall shopping centre increased its size slightly and gave the centre a more modern look.
As recently as 200 years ago, Bexley Heath comprised an area of scrub-land with few buildings (Bexley Heath windmill stood at the corner of Erith Road and Mayplace Road). The heath bordered Watling Street, the ancient Roman road between London and Canterbury. In 1766 Sir John Boyd had Danson House built in parkland (now Danson Park between Bexleyheath and Welling).
In 1814 the land to the north of Bexley that would become Bexleyheath became subject to an Enclosure Act. In 1859 architect Philip Webb designed Red House for the artist, reforming designer and socialist William Morris on the western edge of the heath, in the hamlet of Upton — before Upton became largely developed as a London suburb. Red House forms an early essay in a romantically-massed, non-historical, brick-and-tile domestic vernacular style; it has diverse windows and an extravagant stairway. The National Trust acquired the house in 2003.
Bexleyheath's parish church, Christ Church, dates from 1841; and the parish of Bexleyheath from 1866; the building of the current church finished in 1877.
Alfred Bean, railway-engineer and one-time owner of Danson House, furthered the development of Bexleyheath as a London suburb by championing the Bexleyheath Line in the 1880s to support the growth of the estates around Danson Park. The clock-tower at the centre of the modern shopping area, built in 1912, commemorates the coronation of King George V.
In the late 1970s the London Borough of Bexley built its headquarters, the Civic Offices, in Bexleyheath.
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