Well Hill lies close to the Darent Valley, near Sevenoaks,
in Kent. It is in the Greenbelt which encircles London. Did Queen Elizabeth
the First create the first London Greenbelt when she decreed in 1580 that
no building could be erected within 3 miles of the city walls? Queen Elizabeth I
was known to hunt deer in the many woods that surrounded and encompassed
Well Hill, especially near to where The Lodge (formally The Red Deer)
bar on the Lullingstone Golf Course now resides. More recently, Greenbelts
were proposed in 1944 and when they became a reality Well Hill was included.
Thus, Well Hill has always been in the Greenbelt.
Well Hill is a heavily preserved area as, apart from being in the Greenbelt,
- part of the Kent Down's Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty - an AONB
as the planners refer to it.
- a Special Landscape Area
- Bo Peep
- It has two bars and a large beer garden. The restaurant is open every
day. At the cross roads of Holybush Lane, Maypole Road, Hewitts Road
and Chelsfield Lane - TQ 491 636 - BR6 7QL - 01959 534457 (information
correct as of March 2007).
One way to get to it, which also avoids most of the roads, is to go to the end of Well Hill Lane where there is an access point into Hollows Wood on the right.
Almost immediately after entering the wood there is a path to the right.
Take this path, which goes downhill.
In 250 metres at the path cross roads, turn right.
Follow this path for 300 metres until it reaches the road (Chelsfield Lane).
Turn right and in 300 metres you are at the Bo Peep.
From the end of Well Hill Lane to the pub takes less then 10 minutes - its all downhill.
The return journey from the Bo Peep to Well Hill Lane takes about 9 minutes.
- Five Bells
- A welcoming country pub that dates back over 300 years. It has two
bars and a large beer garden - children most welcome. The restaurant
has both smoking and non-smoking areas and is open every day for lunch
and from Wednesday to Saturday for evening meals up to 9.15 pm. Our
Sunday roast is well known for its quality and well worth a visit You
can be sure of a warm welcome from the owners, Adrian & Kay Stone
& all the staff. CHURCH ROAD, CHELSFIELD VILLAGE BR6 7RE TEL: 01689
821044 (information correct as of December 2006)
- Rock and Fountain
- Permanently closed in 2007.
- Kent Hounds
- Permanently closed in 2005
There is the Well Hill Mission Church which is associated with the St Martin of Tours Church in Chelsfield village.
The rector is the Rev John Tranter - 01689 825 749
Map of Well Hill
Multimap have a
map of Well Hill.
Well Hill Weather
See the historical weather data for
Well Hill News
Some local news can be found from local newspapers
and the BBC.
One is located at the fork in Well Hill. A second one is in the grounds
of the Kent Hounds car park near the bottle, tin, and paper banks.
Bottle, tin, and paper banks
These are situated in the car park of the Kent Hounds. There are no paper banks as Sevenoaks District Council will take paper and cardboard in their white recycling sacks.
Most of Well Hill village has a Friday collection.
Areas that require the small dustcart will have a
collection around 8am.
The areas that will require the small dustcart are:
- Well Hill Lane
- Parts of Well Hill (the road) near the Well Hill Lane/Rock Hill cross-roads
and near the Mission Church.
For further information contact the Sevenoaks District Council on 01959 565489 / 565490.
Hawstead Lane, Jubilee Road and Rock Hill in the London Borough of Bromley have a Thursday collection.
For further information contact the London Borough of Bromley on 020 8464 3333.
Useful phone numbers
See the phone numbers page.
See the list of companies providing services
in the area.
- E. Nesbit
- Author of the Railway Children lived nearby at Knockholt and
the story is believed to have been inspired by the construction of the
local railway cuttings and tunnels.
- Brass Crosby (1725-1793)
- Brass Crosby lived at Court Lodge, Church Road, Chelsfield, Kent for
21 years. A plaque is fixed to an oak post on a grass verge in Church
Road, fronting the Coach House with Court Lodge behind. He had a famous
battle with the House of Commons over publishing Parliamentary debates.
In 1771 he had brought before him a printer who dared publish reports
of Parliamentary proceedings. He released the man, but was subsequently
ordered to appear before the House to explain his actions. Crosby was
committed to the Tower of London, but when brought to trial several
judges refused to hear the case and after protests from the public Crosby
was released. No further attempts have ever been made to prevent the
publication of debates now known as Hansard. The encounter with the
House of Commons resulted in the saying, "as bold as brass".
World War 2
See Well Hill in action during
World War 2.