Author Archives: Kerry Hood

Bromley Town AAP Update 2019

Bromley Town Area Action Plan – update as at March 2019. The AAP was drawn up and adopted by Bromley Council in 2010. The plan identifies the following sites in the Town Centre for development. It has been somewhat modified … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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No 130 High Street, Paperchase

One of the older buildings in the High Street: One of the older buildings in the High street; it has fantastic décor – the shop floor ceiling is removed and the first floor has period furniture suspended from the ceiling:

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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 … Continue reading

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Nos 86-96 High Street, Ravensfell Parade – Heritage Building Profile

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 … Continue reading

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Half Term fun! Do our new Family Heritage Trail !

Have the most amazing time this half term! Do our new family Heritage Treasure Trail around our historic buildings in central Bromley. No booking required, find us in the Local Studies Centre on the 2nd floor of Bromley Central Library … Continue reading

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H.G. Wells in Bromley

H G Wells is a famous author, writing books such as author of The War Of The Worlds and The Time Machine with prescience. His father had a shop on the high street, and it was here, on 21 September 1866, that  Herbert George Wells … Continue reading

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Arts And Crafts Movement in Bromley – Ernest Newton

  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, … Continue reading

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Victoria Chambers, now Primark’s Annex, 160 High Street – Heritage Building Profile

Primark annex next to Mothercare occupies Victoria Chambers, a fine building from the 1890s in the Arts & Crafts style with its characteristic Dutch influence. With the building of a new section of road called the ‘New Cut’ in 1832, … Continue reading

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Press Release – 20-storey Tower over former Maplins at 66-70 High Street

BROMLEY CIVIC SOCIETY Press Release 20 storey tower proposed on the site of the former Maplins store Like circling vultures waiting to pick the bones of our historic old town developers are being lured by the Council’s ill-conceived Masterplan and … Continue reading

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