This Cache has been placed to join the ever growing and popular Side tracked series. More information can be found on (www.sidetrackedseries.info).
This Cache is as close to Petts Wood station as I can sensibily get, it still qualifies for a sidetracked cache, (another cache within the saturation guidelines)
Petts Wood takes its name from the woods surrounding the area that were once owned by Phineas Pett, an Elizabethan ship builder. Reputedly the wood from Petts Woods was sent to Chatham and Deptford dockyards for ship building.
Basil Scruby, an entrepreneur from Harlow in Essex appointed the architect Leonard Culliford to lay out roads that emphasized the natural curves of the landscape, rather than simply cutting across it. He also paid the Southern Railway Company £6,000 to open a station in 1928, and provided the site for the passenger building and a goods yard.
Petts Wood is split in 2 by the railway line into Petts Wood East and West, both have a shopping centre with the larger shops on the west side. Most of the shops are small local businesses serving the community.
Most of the house building in Petts Wood occurred during the 1930's, mainly to provide good housing for the London overspill at affordable prices in the "country". Part of the attraction to prospective buyers was a main line station with over 200 trains per day to various London stations and a service taking approximately 25 minutes.
The railway service today has some 100 trains servicing all London south east main line stations (Charing Cross, Waterloo, Cannon Street, London Bridge, Victoria, and Blackfriars), taking 30 minutes on average.
The station was built on the main line to the north of Orpington and opened on 9 July 1928, and the community now surrounding it developed from that date: now the railway divides Petts Wood East and Petts Wood West.
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