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2020 Online ‘Easter’ Hunt!

Do the 2020 Bromley Civic Society Website Easter Egg Hunt! Continue reading

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Simpsons Moat

Simpsons Moat, or Palace, was a moated, crenellated manor house at the bottom of Ringers Road. Most of the building had been of Tudor age, dominated by a large chimney. Henry VIII was reputed to have visited. It was later … Continue reading

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Answers to online Family Heritage Treasure Trail

Answers to online edition: Charles Darwin The author H.G. Wells The Old Town Pump Drapers shop (sold cloth by the yard) 1888 (the year Covell & Harris ‘s shop) 1866 (HG Wells was born) ‘Old English’ Arts and Crafts style, … Continue reading

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Family Treasure Hunt Heritage Trail

You can either walk around this trail (which we recommend), or you can look in this website to find the answers! From the start point in The Glades, go out towards the Market Square and turn right to see the … Continue reading

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The Old Bromley Oak

This veteran oak tree (Quercus robur) was reprieved, when the Glades was being built, and still proudly stands at the side of Kentish Way. Originally it grew on the corner of the grounds of the house “Bromley Lodge” and Love … Continue reading

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The Ice Well and Boating House

The original ice well was built in the mid 1700s, when the well-to-do would store ice, collected from marshes around the Thames or even as far as Norway, in the winter, and would be served in the summer. This ice … Continue reading

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St Blaise’s Well

Rediscovered in 1754 (by the Bishop’s domestic chaplain, a Rev Mr Hardwick); a spring seeping into the moat was identified as a chalybeate spring, complete with buried ancient oak steps. “Chalybeate” means that the water contains minerals, usually iron. There … Continue reading

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The Pulham Rockery and Fernery

The Pulham’s Rockery and Pulham’s Fernery were fashionable garden installations in the late Victorian era. Pulhams had invented an early form of concrete, which looks quite convincingly like rocks – but was much easier to install Continue reading

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Queens Gardens and formerly White Hart Field

In 1897 the lord of the manor, Charles Cole-Childs, gave the field known as White Hart Field, to the people. This became Queens Gardens. Before the Glades was built it stretched between Market Square and the Bishops Palace (the Bishops … Continue reading

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Join BCS (and calling all existing members!)

If you care about Bromley and its heritage and green spaces, please support us by joining the Society. Membership per household is only £10 per year. Continue reading

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