Localities - Urban Development
This page hopes to illustrate the rate of urban development in Pembury by showing a series of maps.
Every map is shown to the same scale and is derived from Open Street Maps – an internet mapping project.
The scope of this exercise does not cover the entire parish. The
maps cover the core of the village, omitting the extremities.
Every map shows a ghost layout of Pembury in 2015 as a basic reference.
The data has been extracted from old maps, contemporary descriptions and the memories of locals.
The maps march forward in time, each new map highlighting the new additions not shown on the previous map.
The duration between maps is dictated by the availability of source data. Later maps advance by the decade.
Redevelopment of previously developed sites does not count in this exercise. As an example –
— The old houses at Bo-Peep corner, Hastings Road, that were demolished and replaced are not considered as new development.
Isolated garden poaching developments will not be included.
This is a work in progress, with errors and omissions. Help is required.
These maps may be changing on a daily basis as new data comes in.
(Map of 2000s to include Penn’s Yard, High Street)
Help is needed with the last 3 or 4 maps to establish the missing roads and housing developments –
Cornford Park, Beagles Wood Road/Petersfield/Brickfields/Batchelors, Heron’s Way/The Gill/Snipe Close,
Polley Close, Camden Ave,
Various stretches of High St, Hastings Rd, Lower Green Rd, Henwood Green Rd, Romford Rd, Maidstone Rd.
The maps below show an example of the development of one road – Heskett Park
In the Beginning – there was just bare land.
In earlier times this was registered as fields and pasture.
Above left – a portion of a 1929 land sale map (acquired by Jeni Beviere & Jane Grooms).
Above right – how that parcel of land fits with the modern housing development around Heskett Park.
Lot 13 is described as being on the Beagleswood Building Estate – “Ripe
Freehold Building Land. 11a, 1r, 13p” That is Acres, Roods, Poles.
We do not have documentation (yet) on who purchased Lot 13.
Above – Map of the original housing development
Above – 1960 Aerial photograph of Heskett Park
Above – 1940 Aerial photograph of Heskett Park
Above – 1990 Aerial photograph of Heskett Park
All maps compiled by Tony Nicholls
Many thanks to Melvyn Cole for helping kick-start this page.
Contributors to this page: Melvyn Cole, Kathryn Franklin, …
If you have fresh information please contact me by email –
Tony Nicholls email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org and label the subject Pembury Urban Development.