Category Archives: Local History

local history and historic information

Robert Dyas – a surprise Bromley resident

It has been good to welcome a branch of Robert Dyas now open in Bromley High Street and even more so since it has been discovered by staff at the Local Studies Library that Robert Dyas lived for the last … Continue reading

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Church House and Library Gardens

Library Gardens is the level park behind the Churchill Theatre; you then go down the slope to the integrated Church House Gardens. Originally they were the gardens to Neelgharies House. Part of this site, including the public conveniences (which the … Continue reading

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BCS and Parks Heritage Walk No.1 Market Square and North High Street

Start at the south side of Market Square, outside Ann Summers. Look at the Primark Extension opposite you: Market Square & Primark Extension Medhursts 1898 building, now Primarks, now walk north a bit towards McDonalds and look to your left: … Continue reading

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Martins Hill and the War Memorial

Martins Hill and War Memorial.
In the early years of the railway, the slopes were noted for the perfusion of broom, and made the hillside appear quite yellow from the train. Continue reading

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Heritage Walk – Bromley North

Intro: Above the shopfronts hidden away in quiet parks, streets and behind walls are some insights into Bromley’s past. From the 17th Century Bromley College, to the Market Square, to HG Wells birthplace, we take a tour of discovery around … Continue reading

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Lord of the Manor’s Folly

This fine Victorian folly stands in slightly overgrown landscaped grounds, at the entrance from Rafford Way.  The folly was Grade II listed by English Heritage in 1955 because: It is an intrinsically interesting mid-c19th folly, unusually employing Norman-style decoration to … Continue reading

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The Palace Park

The grounds of the former Bishops Palace. There is a current proposal to strip the ‘Urban Open Space’ status from nearly a quarter of the grounds (including 2 buildings that Bromley Council have allowed to become in bad repair) so … Continue reading

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Architect – Evelyn Hellicar

Bromley’s forgotten architect by Doug Black in 2005 In 2005, Doug Black, Bromley Council’s principal conservation officer, was intrigued by the work of Edwardian architect Evelyn Hellicar, who lived nearly all his life in the borough and was responsible for … Continue reading

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David Bowie in Bromley (or Bickley, or Beckenham)

David Bowie (the famous musician!) was born in Southwark. His parents then moved to Bromley South (106 Canon Road, Clarence Road, briefly attending Raglan Road School), settling at 4 Plaistow Grove, where he spent his school years. In 1969 he … Continue reading

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Charles Cowels-Voysey, Architect, Art Deco in Bromley

Charles Cowles Voysey (1889-1981) and a renowned architect in the early 20th Century.  In Bromley he was responsible for the ‘Town Hall extension’ (1939) and the former Magistrates Court (1939), Elsewhere, his other notable completed works includes Worthing Town Hall, … Continue reading

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