Alexandra Cottages

In the heart of Penge, SE20

The Alexandra Cottages is a very special area in the heart of Penge, London SE20 with a friendly community spirit. The estate has 181 houses on 5 roads – Albert, Edward, Princes and Victor Road and Hardings Lane.

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The Alexandra Residents’ Association has set up this web site for our new residents, people who have lived here for years as well as people who are thinking about making their home here.

The association organises social events, publishes a regular newsletter and the twice yearly Porcupine Post magazine, advises on conservation issues, loans DIY equipment from our shed and produces a yellow pages of useful trades-people and a local services list. Click on the items in the menu for more details.

The best thing to do is come to one of our events, email us or come and find one of the committee who live on the estate. If you have any questions or want to get more involved please get in touch with us here.

To share information with fellow residents or to ask for help and advice from borrowing a plank to giving away an unwanted plant to making sure you are up to date with the gossip join our Facebook group.

AGM 2015

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Our AGM will be on Thursday 18th June 7.30-9.30pm at Holy Trinity Church Hall, Lennard Road.

Please put the date in your diary!

All welcome and we are seeking election of new committee members.

5 pm onwards, Sunday, 17th May

‘Meet the Neighbours’, Alexandra Nurseries

Bring a bottle and have a chat to neighbours new and old.

New Panto!

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Please e-mail us at to take part.

Please let us know if you would be happy to open your garden on the day ! Some people might like to open for just 2 hours so that they can visit other gardens.

It’s a great way to get to know your neighbours and make new friends on the estate, see how they enjoy their garden, their favourite plants, and take inspiration !

Contact if you’d like to be part of the planning committee or have any suggestions.

See for previous years.

Your road representative, or a member of the committee, will be calling on you during the next few weeks to check if you would like to open your garden and sell you tickets for the afternoon.

Please note: This is a pre-paid ticket only event – £3 per household
Check the ARA website or join updates on what’s going on.

Thanks to Councillor Fookes for the update:

Dear Resident,

Just to let you know that the above application will be going to committee on Thursday [2nd April 2015] evening to a meeting of Plans 2 sub committee at 7-00pm at Bromley Civic Centre. Officers are recommending permission. Kevin Brooks will be representing us at the meeting.

You can view the application by clicking on this link.

Many thanks to Steve, Victor Road for making this available to all of us!

The Architectural Handbook and Conservation Guide, which was written by Neil Coe a few years ago, is now available in digital format.

It contains a wealth of information on the history of the estate and the architectural features of the cottages, which is most useful when planning alterations.

It is divided in 3 rather large files, so please be patient when downloading them!

It is kindly requested that the historic photographs and maps are not reproduced, and please note that the book was written many years ago and some the conservation concerns have lessened, with the Article 4 protection and changing attitudes leading to more recent enhancements in conservation and to the appearance of the estate.

Please click on the icon or the title to open the documents.

ARA Architectural Guide 1
ARA Architectural Guide 2
ARA Architectural Guide 3

Note: a few pages in one of the PDF documents are upside down. Please use Shift + Ctrl + Plus to rotate them (if you use Adobe Reader).

Update contains information on improvements to our town centres as well as the opening of an exciting new community hub, a training restaurant now open to the public and news on health matters. In addition, young people seeking employment may be interested in reading about our Youth Employment Scheme.

Safer Bromley News has crime updates and news on what the Safer Bromley Partnership is doing to help keep our borough safe, plus crime prevention advice.