Arts And Crafts Movement in Bromley – Ernest Newton

Ernest Newton (thanks to the Chislehurst Society)

In Bromley, the renowned architect Ernest Newton has built one of his best works, The Royal Bell on the High Street

This lovely red brick building has Queen Anne style plaster initials and designs, and gracious bay windows.  Originally it also had a stain glass porch on the front.

There is more on the Royal Bell’s website.

Royal Bell

Ernest Newton was a protege of Norman Shaw, who had exemplified the best late Nineteenth Century architectural practises developing the suburbs of Bedford Park.  Norman Shaw is thought to have introduced him to the Lord of Manor of Lee, Earl Northbrook (of the Baring banking family). The manor of Lee, especially Grove Park, was the subject of “progressive” development in the Victorian era, a chance to create a “artistic suburb” in the same manner as Bedford Park.   This included the villa of “Three Gables” (that was occupied by the children’s author E Nesbit:

“The house was in the best fashion of “Queen Anne” free styling, beneath the hipped roof, tall brick chimneys and titular gables (two half timbered, the central one pargeted), the fenestration was irregular and deep bay windows were thrown out from the principal rooms into the generous gardens. It was a suitably free and liberating backdrop for Nesbit and her circle, that included HG Wells and George Bernard Shaw. Whether just following architectural fashion or a real attempt to style a South London rival to Bedford Park, the efforts of Lord Northbrook did attract its share of liberals and free-thinkers.” from

There’s more about his buildings at the page on the Chislehurst Society about him.

Three Gables – Grove Park

Bullers Wood

Grove Park House

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