Sidcup is an area of south-east London, England, primarily in the London Borough of Bexley. It is 11.3 miles (18.2 km) south-east of Charing Cross, bordering the London Boroughs of Bromley and Greenwich. Before the creation of Greater London in 1965, it was in the historical county of Kent.
The name is thought to be derived from
meaning "seat shaped or flat topped hill"; it had its earliest recorded use in 1254. Cetecopp The population of Sidcup, including its neighbourhoods  Foots Cray, North Cray, Albany Park, Longlands, Ruxley, Blackfen and Lamorbey, was 43,109 in 2011.
Sidcup ward (dark green) in the Old Bexley and Sidcup constituency (light green) within the London Borough of Bexley (yellow)
The 18th-century Sidcup Place
Sidcup originated as a tiny hamlet on the road from
Maidstone to London. According to Edward Hasted, "Thomas de Sedcopp was owner of this estate in the 35th year of king Henry VI. [i.e. in the 1450s] as appears by his deed." Hasted described Sidcup in the latter part of the 18th century as "a small street of houses, among which is an inn of much resort", referring to the former Black Horse pub on the high street. 
Sidcup parish formed the Sidcup Urban District of Kent from 1908. It was initially known as Foots Cray; however, in 1921 the urban district,
and in 1925 the parish,  were renamed Sidcup. The parish and district were abolished in 1934 and combined with  Chislehurst to form the Chislehurst and Sidcup civil parish and urban district. In 1965 the parish and urban district were abolished. Sidcup went on to form part of the London Borough of Bexley in Greater London and Chislehurst formed part of the London Borough of Bromley.
A number of manor houses, converted to other uses, remain. They include
Frognal House, the birthplace and residence of Thomas Townshend, 1st Viscount Sydney, converted for use as residential and nursing accommodation; Lamorbey House, now used by Rose Bruford College; Sidcup Place, a bar and restaurant; and The Hollies, converted for residential use.
Blackfen to the north, Albany Park to the northeast and east, Foots Cray to the south-east, Chislehurst to the south and south-west, New Eltham to the west and Avery Hill to the north-west.
Sidcup has a mixture of large Victorian and Edwardian properties alongside typical 1930s suburbia. It retains many parks and open spaces hinting at the great estates and large homes which once stood in the area.
The town contains
Queen Mary's Hospital, a large Leisure Centre, four colleges and three secondary schools. Sidcup High Street is the main retail and commercial street, and there are some other shops and local businesses on the adjacent Station Road. In 2014, Sidcup High Street was the subject of a £1.8 million regeneration scheme In Store For Sidcup paid for by London Borough of Bexley.
Most of the district is within the London Borough of Bexley, however, several parts in the North are under the governance of the
Royal Borough of Greenwich, including Southspring, Greenhithe Close, Halfway Street (offsite Avery Hill), Radfield Way, Croyde Close and Overmead.
Sidcup lies 2.8 miles (4.5 km) south-west of
Bexleyheath; 4 miles (6.4 km) north-east of Bromley; 3.3 miles (5.3 km) north of Orpington; 3.4 miles (5.5 km) north-west of Swanley.
The war memorial on the Green at Sidcup
In 2011 The total population was recorded as 10,844. Many residents are aged 65+ or 85+, in line with the whole of London Borough of Bexley. At the census of 2011, the non-white population of Sidcup was recorded at 10.1%; the largest minority group were Asian or Asian British (5.4% of the total population), with White Other totalling 4.8% of the total population. The number of single-parent families was higher in the district in comparison to the rest of the London Borough of Bexley. 63.8% reported Christianity as their religious belief which was above the borough average. However, these figures do not include the Blackfen and Lamorbey wards within the district.
Primary schools in Sidcup include: Birkbeck, Burnt Oak Junior School, Chatsworth, Days Lane, Holy Trinity Lamorbey, Longlands, Orchard School, Our Lady of the Rosary, Royal Park, Sherwood Park, and St Peter Chanel.
Secondary schools in Sidcup include
Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School, Blackfen, Cleeve Park, Hurstmere and Kemnal Technology College.
Bird College, Christ the King: St Mary's (RC) Sixth Form College, and Rose Bruford College all have sites in Sidcup.
Sport and leisure
Sidcup has a
Non-League football club Sporting Club Thamesmead F.C. who play at the Sporting Club Thamesmead. On Sydney Road, there is a Sidcup Sports Club, housing the local rugby and cricket clubs.
Sidcup also has a
Leisure Centre on Hurst Road with 2 pools and a gym.
The Sidcup and District Motor Cycle Club was formed at the Station Hotel, Sidcup in 1928. The club owns the Canada Heights motorcycle sport venue in Button Street,
Culture, identity and community
Buildings along Faraday Avenue, reflecting a mix of high-rise and low-rise buildings in the area around Sidcup railway station
Sidcup is home to the
Rose Bruford College of drama and Bird College, both of which have several famous alumni, and the Sidcup Symphony Orchestra, which also serves the wider South East London area. In an interview with  Lake Bell (who studied at Rose Bruford College) in 2015, comedian James Corden described Sidcup as "the armpit of England" on his late night American chat show . The Late Late Show with James Corden
The murder of teenager
Rob Knox at the Metro Bar on Station Road in 2008 was national headline news. Knox was an aspiring actor who had, just before his death, filmed a small part in . He was killed protecting his brother from a group of youths. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince His murderer, Karl Bishop, also from Sidcup, was later found guilty of murder and sentenced.  Following Knox's death, his family have campaigned to end  knife crime among young people. The Rob Knox Foundation has organised a Rob Knox Film Festival in Sidcup and the neighbouring town of  Bexleyheath, and a bench was dedicated to Knox at St John's Church in Sidcup in 2015.
The Church of Saint John the Evangelist, the main Anglican congregation in Sidcup
Sidcup railway station opened in October 1866, a month after the opening of the Dartford Loop Line on 1 September 1866. It is 1 mile (1.6 km) north of Sidcup town centre. The station provides the area with Southeastern services to London Charing Cross and to Gravesend.
Sidcup High Street is on the A211, following in length the old London – Maidstone – Hythe road. The A211 starts just after Eltham High Street, in the middle running along the A20 Sidcup By-pass before ending at Foots Cray, where the B2173 continues along the former A20 road. The A211 connects the two main roads in this district; Station Road and Main Road.
East Rochester Way on the A2 road runs partly through the district, adjoining Blackfen Road. The road provides links to the
Blackwall Tunnel and Kent.
Sidcup is served by a number of
Transport for London bus routes, namely the 51, 160, 229, 233, 269, 286, 321, 492, 625, 669, B14 and R11. These connect Sidcup with areas including  Bexleyheath, Bromley, Catford, Crayford, Chislehurst, Dartford, Eltham, Greenwich, Erith, Lewisham, New Cross, Orpington, Swanley, Thamesmead, Welling & Woolwich.
The 19th-century mansion house of Abbeyhill in Sidcup, now a Grade II listed building A 19th-century lodge in Sidcup, now a Grade II listed building
F. Matthias Alexander (1869–1955), Australian actor and inventor of the Alexander technique, lived in Penhill House, Sidcup, for 30 years 
Harry Arter (1989–) footballer ( Bournemouth F.C. and Republic of Ireland), born in Sidcup 
Steve Backley (1969–), Olympic javelin silver medallist, born in Sidcup 
Gareth Bacon, politician and leader of the Conservative Party in the Greater London Assembly
Sam Bailey (1977–), winning contestant, , grew up in Sidcup The X Factor 
Angela Barnes (1976–) actress, stand-up comedian, born in Sidcup
Michael Barnard, (1976–) darts player, lived in Sidcup
Christopher Battarbee (1975–), cricketer ( Oxford University), born in Sidcup 
Lake Bell (1979–), American actress, lived in Sidcup while studying at Rose Bruford College in the 1990s. 
Doreen Bird (1928–2004), dance teacher, lived in Sidcup and established Bird College 
Quentin Blake (1932–), illustrator, artist, born in Sidcup 
Denis Bond (1946–), children's author, actor and scriptwriter, lives in Sidcup 
Tom Burns (1944–), Catholic bishop, lived and ministered in Sidcup and taught at St Mary's School in the 1970s 
Garry Bushell (1955–), journalist, lives in Sidcup 
George Albert Cairns (1913–44), recipient of the last Victoria Cross of World War II, lived and worked in Sidcup 
Sheila Callender (1914–2004), haematologist, born in Sidcup 
Ben Chorley (1982–), footballer ( Tranmere Rovers, Leyton Orient, now Bromley F.C.), born in Sidcup 
Charlie Clements (1987–), actor ( ), born in Sidcup EastEnders 
Jason Crowe (1978–), footballer, born in Sidcup 
Jay Darlington (1968-), musician (former keyboardist for the band Kula Shaker and currently a member of the band Magic Bus), born in Sidcup 
Ian Davenport (1966–), abstract painter and former Turner Prize nominee, born in Sidcup 
Douglas Harries (1893–1972), Royal Air Force air vice-marshal and first-class cricketer
Joe Healy (1986–), footballer who previously played in the Football League for Millwall, born in Sidcup 
Deren Ibrahim (1991–), Gibraltarian footballer, born in Sidcup 
Alfred Garth Jones (1872–1955), illustrator, spent the last years of his life in Sidcup
John Paul Jones (1946–), bass guitarist ( Led Zeppelin), born in Sidcup 
Rob Knox (1989–2008), actor, murdered in Sidcup  
Douglas Macmillan (1884–1969), founder of Macmillan Cancer Support, lived in Knoll Road from 1924 until 1966, and also ran his charity from that address. Bexley Civic Society placed a blue plaque on the house in 2010 
Ivan Magill (1888–1986), innovative anaesthetist, worked in Sidcup 
Lee Murray (1977–), former kickboxer and mixed martial arts champion, convicted of the Securitas depot robbery, lived in Sidcup 
Emma Noble (1971–), model and actress, born in Sidcup 
Mike Rann (1953–), Premier of South Australia, politician, born in Sidcup, lived in Blackfen prior to emigrating to New Zealand with his parents 
John Regis (1966–), Olympic sprinter, lived in Sidcup 
Mark Ricketts (1984–), footballer, born in Sidcup 
Wayne Routledge (1985–), footballer, born in Sidcup 
Gerard Shelley (1891–1980), author, translator and Catholic bishop, born in Sidcup 
Nevil Shute (1899–1960), novelist and aeronautical engineer, lived in Hatherley Road from 1924 to 1930 while working at Vickers in Crayford 
Ethel Smyth (1858–1944), composer and suffragette, born in St. John's Road, Sidcup 
Thomas Townshend, 1st Viscount Sydney (1733–1800), politician and Cabinet minister, lived in Frognal House, Foots Cray 
Gordon Watson (1971–), former Sheffield Wednesday footballer, born in Sidcup 
Elizabeth Wiskemann (1899–1971), historian and journalist, born in Sidcup  Doug Wright (1914–98), cricketer ( Kent and England), born in Sidcup 
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