Heritage Buildings of the Broadway High Street

When the railway came to Bromley in 1850s, this area was fields. Then a series of villas, making use of the new station and views over the valley, were built along the road. When this was changed to become shops and commercial buildings, it was renamed to the ‘Broadway’, and the sign can still be seen just up hill from Bromley South.

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    00 Old Photos – High Street Broadway

    It’s hard to imagine Bromley when the lower high street was fields or suburban villas, but some of these photos bring those distant eras back. Even when the railway came to Bromley in 1850s, it took another 40 years before it became part of London, here’s a description from one of HG Well’s books (see…
  • 70 High Street Bromley (former Maplins) – Heritage building profile

    70 High Street Bromley was built in the “New Georgian” style in the 1930s.  At this time, the lower high street was being redeveloped.  It was the home of the “Fifty Shilling Tailors” Bromley branch. Fancy Pediment and Juliet Balcony Nice touch – arched doorways at the…
  • Row of tall Arts and Crafts shops with awnings, and a horse & cart on the road.

    95-109 High Street (Clarke’s) Aberdeen Buildings– Heritage building profile

    Aberdeen Buildings – this distinctive high profile parade was built in 1887 by a local butcher, Amos Borer.  His premises was the end shop (which was “No 1 Aberdeen Buildings” but is now 107-109 High Street, occupied by Clarke’s Shoes). The architecture is French Empire and thought to be a tribute to the Emperor Napoleon…
  • Former Gaumont Cinema

    Account by  Lynne Galloghly, thanks to the Bromley Gloss group, on 17th August 2015 “Thanks Amanda for info and photos! Photos showing the site from 1935 (before construction), 1940, 1950’s, 2007, and 2014. “Bromley’s first cinema opened in 1909 in a converted theatre. But by the 1930s large scale development all around the area created…
  • No 123 High Street, Marks and Spencers – Heritage Building Profile

    “Wright Brothers’ attractive bow-windowed shop was taken over by a High Street chain store, who a few years ago took great trouble to reproduce in every detail this lovely frontage, when they needed twice the space.  Few shoppers can tell where the original part and the new section join.” Murial Mundie nee Searle, 1988. Marks…
  • Nos _86-96 High Street, Ravensfell Parade – Heritage Building Profile

    Posted on March 3, 2019 by campaignr A modest 1923 parade of shops, with nicely proportioned windows above, in Art Deco style. They occupy the whole front of what used to be the large garden of Ravensfell House Ravensfell House was built for an Australian merchant* ,John Richardson, and was the first, of a number, of fine villas overlooking…
  • Nos 130 High Street – Purple Paperchase Heritage Building

    It’s hard to miss the pink frontage of this building. Not just is it one of the older buildings on the High Street but it has fantastic décor – the shop floor ceiling is removed and the first floor has period furniture suspended from the ceiling. This makes an extravagant and innovative way of illustrating…
  • Nos 72-80 High Street, Bromley House Parade – Heritage Building Profile

    This parade of shops was built about 1930 when this part of the High Street was developed, replacing a line of fine villas that overlooked the Ravensbourne valley. The parade is fronted in brick with stone ornamentation, the broken pediments and sash windows of Neo-Gothic style. Bromley Manor Parade, in brick…
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