Bexley Sand and Ballast Co Ltd makes its home on Manor Farm – 65 acres of old farmland in Bexley Village. You can find the entrance to the farm on Manor Road, a small side-turning off the High Street. The turning is marked by St Mary’s Church, an historical local landmark that features in the Domesday Book. Manor Farm itself stretches from the entrance on Manor Road all the way down to the A2. Width-wise, it reaches the railway line, forming an interesting backdrop for trains running between Bexley and Crayford.
In 1962, the farm was bought by the Wells brothers – Eric and Clive.
The pair quarried the land for ballast, setting up a ballast works alongside the A2 (one that is still in place today).
By 1994, the brothers wanted to retire and the site was bought by the Chapman family – that’s us.
In the years since, with three generations of Chapmans working in the business, our company has expanded considerably. While we have kept the name, we are no longer simply a sand and ballast works, but a fully-fledged builders merchants. We specialise in Indian Sandstone slabs, block paving, rockery stones, aggregates, and more.
Despite the size and reach of the company, the works itself has kept something of the old farm’s nostalgic charm. Many of our customers turn up in their wellies and gloves to sort their own rockery stones or granite setts.
With so many of our customers saying they never knew we were here, Coming up with a slogan was simple –
“Bexley’s Biggest Secret”
After all, here is this tiny side-road beside the old church leading to a 65-acre farm and its thriving family business.
So come and visit us down at Manor Farm. We have a patio displaying samples from our extensive range of slabs and block pavers that we have in stock. This gives you a better feel for our products than just flicking through an online catalogue.
We can also supply you with the numbers and details of reliable and reputable landscapers. These are companies whose work we can recommend based on personal and professional experience.
We look forward to seeing you.
Remember, turn down the small road by the old church! We welcome visitors from across Kent and beyond. No matter where you’re based – whether in the county or further afield – come visit us at Manor Farm. This includes our valued customers from Bexleyheath, Sidcup, Crayford, Swanley, Dartford, Erith, Barnehurst, Eltham, Welling, Bromley, Chislehurst, and beyond.