Welcome to Welling
Our area guide for Welling, including Falconwood, offers a brief overview of the town and its attractions, properties, schools, history, council tax and public transport links.
Welling and Falconwood are located in the London Borough of Bexley, although they do share the Kent postcode prefix of DA16. The neighbourhoods are bordered by Bexleyheath, Eltham, Bostall Heath, Shooters Hill, Blackfen and Plumstead. There’s a good mix of people in Welling and Falconwood, from young families to retirees, and this gives the town a balanced feel. Singer Kate Bush is probably Welling’s most famous past resident.
The Cannon - a 36-pounder Russian carronade located where Welling High Street meets Bellgrove Road – is the town’s most recognisable landmark. You will also find our Robinson Jackson branch on this corner. Falconwood is chosen by many road commuters as it lies right next to a junction of the A2 road.
Welling’s High Street has been improved by the addition of a Morrisons and a Tesco supermarket, with the later having a Costa Coffee within its branch. There’s a good mix of chain stores and independent shops along the high street, including a great butcher, a florist, a sewing/haberdashery store and two children’s designer clothes boutiques. You’ll also find a selection of banks, fashion stores, bakers, a Post Office, cafes, beauty salons and a couple of pubs. Most Welling and Falconwood neighbourhoods also boast their own parade of shops, where you’ll usually find a newsagent, a convenience store, a chemist and a selection of take-away outlets.
Welling’s premium attraction is award-winning Danson Park. It is one of Greater London’s best open spaces, featuring a boating/fishing lake, a boat house with restaurant, a Palladium mansion, a public house, a swing and splash park, football pitches, tennis courts, mini golf, a lawn bowls club, duck ponds, a woodland area and a lake walk. It hosts the ever-popular Danson Festival in July and a firework display in November, as well as accommodating arts and craft fairs, circuses and fairgrounds. Welling has its own football team – Welling Utd – who play in the Blue Square Bet South league. A new paintball centre has opened by Welling train station, and Crook Log Leisure Centre and the Edward Alderton Theatre are located on the border of Welling and Bexleyheath. Falconwood offers some great woodland walks, through Falconwood Fields, Falconwood Meadow and Oxleas Woods - the latter with a great café.
Welling Food and Drink
Most of Welling’s community pubs also serve hearty English food including the carvery restaurant in The Lord Kitchener pub in Wrotham Road. The Nags Head on Welling High Street, The Stables pub and the Boat House restaurant (the latter two located in Danson Park), all serve food. There’s a proliferation of eat-in restaurants and take-away outlets in Welling, offering Thai, India, Greek, Italian, Chinese and conventional ‘fast food’ food, amongst others. Falconwood is home to a very popular Harvester restaurant.
Before the railway line arrived in 1895, Welling was a village on the main road between London and Kent. It had been a traditional staging post for coaches; the presence of three inns along the main road is the result of that. Legend has it the town’s name originates from the term ‘well in’ – meaning that once you reached Welling you were ‘well in to Kent’ and had survived the highwaymen that lined Shooters Hill. There was a boost to the local housing stock after WWI when 400 new homes were built and the sale of the Danson estate saw the village turn truly suburban. As for Falconwood, until the late 1800s it was mainly farmland forming part of the Manor of Bexley. Rapid development came in the inter-war period, with an explosion of affordable family homes being built.
Welling Property market
Property in Welling and Falconwood is highly desirable as it’s mainly made up of good sized 1930s semi-detached homes – ideal for families. Some of the largest properties can be found to the rear of Danson Park and towards Shooters Hill, where the houses offer three and four-bedrooms. There is still some Victorian housing stock and a small influx of new flats in the area. The rental market in Welling and Falconwood is thriving as the towns provide a good base for commuters into London, as well as families looking for good schools.
Welling Council Tax
Welling and Falconwood are in the Bexley borough and the latest council tax charges can be found here:- https://www.bexley.gov.uk/services/council-tax-and-business-rates/council-tax#1
Bexley Borough has four grammar schools and one of the best, Bexley Grammar, is located in Welling (close to Danson Park). Schools in Welling and Falconwood include:
- Bexley Grammar School
- Bishop Ridley CofE Primary School (formerly Westwood Primary School)
- Danson Primary School
- East Wickham Infants School
- East Wickham Junior School
- Eastcote Primary School
- Fosters Primary School
- Harris Academy Falconwood (formerly Westwood College)
- Hillsgrove Primary School
- Hook Lane Primary School
- St.Michael's East Wickham CoE Primary School
- St.Stephen's Catholic Primary School
- Welling School
- Westbrooke School
- Hadlow College Equestrian Skills and Riding Centre - Shooters Hill
The nearest hospitals to Welling and Falconwood are Queen Mary’s Hospital in Sidcup and Queen Elizabeth in Woolwich.
Welling Transport Links
Welling has an over-ground train station just off Welling High Street. Trains run frequently to Lewisham (for the DLR), London Bridge, Waterloo East, Cannon Street, Charing Cross and Victoria. Journeys from Welling to London Bridge by train take 24 minutes. Falconwood also has its own train station, on the same line, and the journey time to London Bridge is just 22 minutes. Welling and Falconwood are both well serviced by buses, with routes to the O2 Arena in Greenwich (for the Jubilee Tube line) and to Bluewater shopping centre in Greenhithe, as well as routes to other local towns and districts. The A2 – running from Canterbury to Central London - runs on the edge of Welling (Danson Interchange) and also Falconwood (Rochester Way).
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