Category Archives: Historic_Buildings

Heritage Open Days: 14 Sept

For the 2019 Heritage Open Day, Bromley Civic Society will be leading three walks that explore historic Bromley: 1.Saturday 14th September: 10.00am Bromley Palace and Park Meeting time and place: 10am, at Stockwell Close (off Kentish Way), close to Bromley … Continue reading

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Picture House Opening Date Is Announced

Just in case our readers haven’t already heard, the cinema on the High Street, that has just been converted to a Picture House, has an opening date, Friday 7th June! When visiting our new venue, don’t forget to look for … Continue reading

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208-214 High Street former Tunnel Shoes – Heritage Buildings

Tunnel Shoes occupy the original 1902 premises of Boots the Chemists. The Art Nouveau wrought iron work in front of the first floor windows is typical of boots in this period and similar work can also be seen in Boots … Continue reading

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Market Square The Old New Townhall – Heritage Buildings

Built, at his own cost, by the new Lord of the Manor, Coles-Child.  The bricks were from his own brickpit, from where Havelock Rec is now:  http://friendsofhavelockrec.org/about-the-brick-pit-of…/. It seems that it was at least 3 different buildings kludged together… most of … 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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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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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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