Urban Development

This page hopes to illustrate the rate of urban development in Pembury by showing a series of maps.
Every map is shown to the same scale and is derived from Open Street Maps – an internet mapping project.
The scope of this exercise does not cover the entire parish.  The maps cover the core of the village, omitting the extremities.
Every map shows a ghost layout of Pembury in 2015 as a basic reference.
The data has been extracted from old maps, contemporary descriptions and the memories of locals.
The maps march forward in time, each new map highlighting the new additions not shown on the previous map.
The duration between maps is dictated by the availability of source data.  Later maps advance by the decade.
Redevelopment of previously developed sites does not count in this exercise. As an example –
—   The old houses at Bo-Peep corner, Hastings Road, that were demolished and replaced are not considered as new development.
Isolated garden poaching developments will not be included.

This is a work in progress, with errors and omissions. Help is required.

These maps may be changing on a daily basis as new data comes in.         ( Last update:  Fri   5 Jan 2018   (a) )






(Map of 2000s to include Penn’s Yard, High Street)



Help is needed with the last 3 or 4 maps to establish the missing roads and housing developments –

Cornford Park,  Beagles Wood Road/Petersfield/Brickfields/Batchelors,   Heron’s Way/The Gill/Snipe Close,
Polley Close,    Camden Ave,
Various stretches of High St, Hastings Rd, Lower Green Rd,  Henwood Green Rd,  Romford Rd,  Maidstone Rd.


The maps below show an example of the development of one road – Heskett Park


Above – Map of the original housing development


Above – 1960 Aerial photograph of Heskett Park



Above – 1940 Aerial photograph of Heskett Park



Above – 1990 Aerial photograph of Heskett Park


All maps compiled by Tony Nicholls

Many thanks to Melvyn Cole for helping kick-start this page.

Contributors to this page:  Melvyn Cole,  Kathryn Franklin,   …



If you have fresh information please contact me by email –

Tony Nicholls      pemburyhistory@gmail.com    or  history@pembury.org    and label the subject  Pembury Urban Development.