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Pre-victorian heritage buildings

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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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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High Street No. 217, 1700s house and former bookshop – Heritage Buildings

The tattooist (No. 217), and the next door shop, occupy an 18th century house, worthy of mention as it was the premises of two Bromley notable historians and printers, each producing from this shop an invaluable histories of Bromley – … Continue reading

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Market Sq No. 14-18 Georgian Terrace – Heritage Buildings

These buildings are the oldest buildings in Market Square. They were originally built as private houses, in the early 18th century. They were the scene of several fatal fires in the Victorian / Edwardian era, which included the collection of … Continue reading

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Parish Church of St Peter and St Paul – Heritage Building

Essentially only the tower still survives of the Medieval  church, of St Peter and St Paul. It was originally at/before 1226, then rebuilt in 1327, and in 1824-30, only to be gutted in the “Bromley Blitz” bombing raid of 16th April, … Continue reading

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Bromley & Sheppard Colleges – Heritage Building Profile

Bromley College was founded by John Warner, Bishop of Rochester, in 1666 as almshouses for 20 widows of clergy. The intention was for it to be in Rochester but land was not available.  John Warner was one of only eight … Continue reading

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The Bishops Palace – Heritage building profile

These buildings were the Palace of the Bishops of Rochester. The present building is part 18th century. This article is only a small part of the extensive information on this lovely historic building.  It is to be hoped that the … Continue reading

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