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outer borough of London, on the eastern perimeter of the metropolis. It is part of the historic county of Kent, on the south bank of the River Thames. Bexley extends to the borough of Bromley in the south. Bexley was established in 1965 by the amalgamation of the former boroughs of Bexley and Erith, the urban district of Crayford, and part of Chislehurst and Sidcup. Within the borough are such areas as (roughly from north to south) Thamesmead, Abbey Wood, Belvedere, Erith, Northumberland Heath, East Wickham, Welling, Bexleyheath, Barnehurst, Crayford, Blackfen, Blendon, Bridgen, Bexley, Halfway Street, Longlands, North Cray, Sidcup, and Foots Cray