Heritage Buildings and history of Market Square

The market square dates from medieval times, when Bromley was granted a market charter in 1205.

Until the 1830s the market square had a traditional wooden market building, with open sides, where the market would take place. This was then replaced by the Old New Town Hall, built by Coles-Child from his own bricks, that stood in the centre of Market square .

In the 1933 it had been found that the row of buildings between the High Street and market square made the road too narrow, and these were demolished, and the current Arts and Crafts buildings placed in the centre.

  • street scene from 1900s with hostelry on one side and hackney carraige

    147-149 & 151-153 High Street: Demolished – The White Hart Inn

    This building had a long history and this post is only a summary. The White Hart is the badge of king Richard II who reigned from 1377-99, so it is thought that there has been an Inn or public house at this site, since this time. There are references to it in the 16th Century…
  • 180-184 High Street (HSBC Bank) – Heritage Building Profile

    Built in 1888 to provide shop premises. It was designed by Walter Albert Williams and built in the Flemish style of the Arts and Crafts movements. Above the first floor window are terracotta carvings which include the letters ‘C’ and ‘H’ for Covell & Harris, the butchers, former occupants of the building. David Harris (the Harris…
  • Heritage – Town Pump

    The town pump is in the corner of Market Square, with the Darwin mural  behind it.
  • Shops with awnings and two storeys above them; horse drawn carts in street.

    Market Square – Heritage Buildings

    Market Square is the centre of the Old Town which until the coming of the railway in 1858 comprised a single street. The Market Charter, to hold a market every Tuesday (later changed to Thursday) was granted to Bishop Gandalf (the Bishops were the Lords of the Manor) by King John in 1205. The limits…
  • Market Square Nos 12-13 Cafe Rouge – Heritage Building

    Cafe Rouge occupies the first building displaying the transition from a small market town into a Victorian shopping centre. It was built in 1883 by local draper, Herbert Collings, well known for banishing the old system of credit in favour of the modern concept of cash only sales and introducing the idea of window shopping…