On Monday I will be visiting the town of my childhood for the first time in over 20 years.
I wonder if it has changed at all?
I wonder if I have?
The name is thought to be derived from Cetecopp meaning ‘seat shaped or flat topped hill’; it has its earliest recorded use in 1254. Sidcup originated as a tiny hamlet on the road from London to Maidstone.
But Sidcup is a relative newcomer. I actually lived in Footscray.
Foots Cray is a place in the London Borough of Bexley, near the town of Sidcup, in southeast London, England, United Kingdom.
It took its name from Godwin Fot, a local Saxon landowner recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086, and from the River Cray that passes through the village. It lay on the old Maidstone Road (now bypassed by the A20 road) leading from London to north Kent. Until the 20th century, Foots Cray dominated the nearby, less ancient hill-top hamlet of Sidcup.