Welcome to the Scadbury Park website. You will find information here about the owners, history and wildlife of this historic site, as well as information about walks and other events taking place here.

Scadbury Park is in Chislehurst, part of the London Borough of Bromley, and is about 12 miles (19km) south-east of central London.

The earliest records of Scadbury date from the 13th century when it was owned by the de Scathebury family.

It was home to the Walsinghams from 1424 until about 1655. Sir Edmund Walsingham became Lieutenant of the Tower of London and had custody of many of the prisoners of King Henry VIII, including Sir Thomas More and Anne Boleyn. Sir Francis Walsingham, Secretary of State under Queen Elizabeth I, was born here. Thomas Walsingham IV was the patron of the poet and playwright Christopher Marlowe, who was arrested at Scadbury shortly before his mysterious death in 1593.

Later owners of Scadbury included Thomas Townshend, 1st Viscount Sydney. Sydney in Australia is named after him.

Scadbury was purchased by the London Borough of Bromley in 1983 and opened to the public as a Local Nature Reserve in 1985. A circular trail through the woodland and meadows is popular with walkers and joggers. Organized walks led by various local groups take place throughout the year and information can be found on the Walks page and the Links page.

last updated on November 24, 2012 7:56 PM