After he died in 1807, his sons soon became aware that the area in such close proximity to London was ripe for development, especially once the railway had arrived in 1857; and large villas began to be built around the new station.
Wide roads and large gardens epitomised these properties.
Beckenham is a suburb and a town in its own right with a non-bypassed non-pedestrianised high street on a route between the rest of the borough and South London and has spread about its centre on 15 pre-1850 houses which are listed buildings.
See also: Municipal Borough of Beckenham The Municipal Borough of Beckenham came into being in 1935.
Beckenham is served by nine rail stations - Beckenham Junction, Clock House, Birkbeck, New Beckenham, Ravensbourne, Kent House, Elmers End, Eden Park and Beckenham Hill. South Norwood Country Park abuts the town to the south-west.
Beckenham Junction and Kent House have services into central London every 15 minutes, taking just 13 minutes to Brixton and 21 minutes to London Victoria. There is also a walk starting in Cator Park, going down the High Street, through Kelsey Park, then Croydon Road Recreation Ground and back to Cator Park. Beckenham has a Non-League football club Beckenham Town F.
Councillors represent various parts of the erstwhile Borough of Beckenham.A small stream, the River Beck, passes through the town before joining the Ravensbourne further north.Despite its leafy image, its close proximity to Central London and nine railway stations within the post town (Beckenham Junction, Clock House, Birkbeck, New Beckenham, Ravensbourne, Kent House, Elmers End, Eden Park and Beckenham Hill), make Beckenham a good business location.Beckenham still remained a small village until well into the 19th century.The beginning of its growth began when, in 1773, John Cator built Beckenham Place and became Lord of the Manor.