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 Bromley North Village.
Bromley literally means “the heath where broom grows”. The town developed around the market place, located at today’s Market Square, and grew along the old London to Hastings turnpike. Increased traffic brought larger buildings such as posting houses and inns to accommodate travellers. The market town on high ground above the valley of the River Ravensbourne benefited from pleasant views and healthy country air. Early maps show buildings grouped around the market place and the High Street. Up to the middle of the 19th century the town extended from the College in the north, to the site of the Aberdeen Buildings, in the south, with estate gardens abutting sections of the High Street. Little changed until the railway came to Bromley in 1858.
1. Town Pump 2. Market Square 3. H G Wells Birthplace 4. 180-184 High Street 5. St Peter & St Paul Church 6. The Partridge 7. TP’s (196-198 High Street) 8. The Royal Bell 9. Walters Yard 10. Star and Garter 11. Swan & Mitre 12. Bromley College 13. College Slip 14. K2 Telephone Kiosk 15. The Railway 16. Bromley North Station 17. O’Neills (Old Drill Hall) 18. 19 East Street 19. Former Post Office 20. 8 South Street 21. Fire Station 22. Community House 23. Former Town Hall 24. Former school of Science and Art 25. Former Town Hall
This Heritage Trail is also on LBB web site at: www.bromley.gov.uk /bromleynorthheritagetrail
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