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Joydens Wood Bexley

Summary

Although much of the wood has been planted in recent years there is a record of woodland here in Tudor times and also mention is made of tile kilns when it was part of the Manor of Baldwyns in the C16th. On a map of Kent of 1769 it is named Jordan’s Wood and was part of the Mount Mascal estate, but by 1805 the spelling had become Joydens Wood. In 1884 parts of the wood were sold off, some of it later developed for housing in the 1930s. In 1956 the Forestry Commission took over what was then known as the Big Wood, cleared much of the stunted oaks and other native trees in order to plant compartments of cash crop trees.

Basic Details

Previous / Other name:
Jordans Wood

Site location:
Birchwood Road/ Parsonage Lane

Postcode:
DA14 ( Google Map)

Type of site:
Public Open Land

Date(s):
C16th

Designer(s):

Listed structures:
SAM: Faesten Dic

Borough:
Bexley

Site ownership:
LB Bexley/Forestry Commission

Site management:
LB Bexley/Forestry Commission

Open to public?
Yes

Opening times:
unrestricted

Special conditions:

Facilities:

Events:

Public transport:
Rail: Bexley then bus.

The information shown above was correct at the time of the last update 01/06/2010
Please check with the site owner or manager for latest news. www.woodlandtrust.org.uk

Further Information

Grid ref:
TQ501717 (550014,171697)

Size in hectares:
134.82 (in Bexley & Dartford)

Green Flag:
No

On EH National Register :
No

EH grade:
None

Site on EH Heritage at Risk list:
No

Registered common or village green on Commons Registration Act 1965:
No

Protected under London Squares Preservation Act 1931:
No

Local Authority Data

The information below is taken from the relevant Local Authority's planning legislation, which was correct at the time of research but may have been amended in the interim. Please check with the Local Authority for latest planning information.

On Local List:
No

In Conservation Area:
No

Tree Preservation Order:
Not known

Nature Conservation Area:
Yes - Metropolitan Importance

Green Belt:
Yes

Metropolitan Open Land:
No

Special Policy Area:
No

Other LA designation:
None

Fuller information

A major part of Joydens Wood is in Dartford. It is ancient woodland that has existed since at least 1600 and there are many indicator plants which confirm this. It was part of the Manor of Baldwyns in the C16th. On the Andrews, Drury and Herberts Map of Kent dated 1769 the woodland is named Jordan’s Wood and was part of the Mount Mascal estate. By 1805 on the first 1 inch Ordnance Survey map, the spelling had become Joydens Wood. In 1884 parts of the wood were sold off, some of it used for housing development in the 1930s. In 1956 the Forestry Commission took over what was then known as the Big Wood. The Commission cleared much of the stunted oaks and other native trees in order to plant compartments of cash crop trees. There are marked paths and bridleways throughout the wood.

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