Beckenham is a town in southeast London within the London Borough of Bromley in Greater London, England. It borders the London Borough of Lewisham on the north. It lies northwest of Bromley and is located 8.4 miles (13.5 km) south east of Charing Cross.
Until the coming of the railway in 1857, Beckenham was a small village in the county of Kent with almost completely rural surroundings: once a family of entrepreneurs began the building of villas here, its population soared from 2000 to 26,000 during 1850–1900 and throughout the rest of the twentieth century. The current population is nearly 82,000. Today it is very much in London suburbia, although some of the grand houses of the early days remain.
The Municipal Borough of Beckenham came into being in 1935. It took over from what had been, since 1894, Beckenham Urban District Council, and included parts of Hayes and West Wickham, previously part of Bromley Rural District Council. The new Borough status reflected the growth of Beckenham in little less than fifty years.
For more information, see the EN Wikipedia article Beckenham.