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Chiselhurst.—One of prettiest and most favourite of London suburbs, especially since the occupation of Camden House by the exiled Imperial family of France. The common lies high and on gravel, and is both picturesque and healthy. It should however be borne in mind that "Chiselhurst" is not Chiselhurst common. The majority of the new houses lie low, in the deep, thickly wooded hollow on the road towards Bromley. The rents are all high. There is a remarkably pretty church, which has, practically, been rebuilt within the last few years, and the ritual of which is of a rather advanced description. Napoleon III. is buried its Roman Catholic chapel of St. Mary, about 300 yards down the lane, directly opposite the church. Orders of admission on week days to obtained, by letter only, from Rev. J. Goddard, Chiselhurst. From Charing-cross (37 min.), Cannon-st, and London- bridge, set 2/-, 2/6; 2nd, 1/6, 2/-; 3rd, 1/-, 2/7.
Charles Dickens (Jr.), Dickens's Dictionary of London, 1879