The Fire Station was designed by Stanley Hawkings, the Borough Engineer, and was completed in 1905 at a cost of £5,191 12s 6d.
No. 8 South Street is where Mrs Knotts dame school was attended by a young H.G. Wells between 1871 and 1874.
HG Wells at school age
We have more about HG Wells in Bromley at our page here.
The former Post Office in West Street was completed in 1896, it was occupied in 1897 and enlarged in 1913. The previous premises in Market Square had become too small to cope with the rapid expansion of the town.
Number 19 East Street formerly the offices of the Local Board (the first body of local administration in Bromley). It stood at the junction of East Street and West Street. The purpose of the local board was to provide such essentials as street lighting and an adequate sewage system for the town.
The Drill Hall, Nos 27-29 East Street, was opened in 1872 for use by the Bromley Volunteer Rifle Corps. Town celebrations and events were held here. It became a public house in 1997.
1914 advance guard departing to Dover
1872 Decorated for opening concert- when Sir Arthur Sullivan (Gilbert & Sullivan) played piano.
The original timber buildings which formed Bromley North Station were rebuilt in 1925, just prior to the electrification of the line. The railway, both here and at Bromley South, altered Bromley’s existence as a market town. A population of 5,500 in 1861 had grown to 15,000 by 1881, and numbered 33,500 by 1911. By then Bromley had become an outer London suburb. Turn right and walk along East Street.
The Railway Public House was built in 1879, possibly by Berney & Sons who also designed the Star & Garter public house in the High Street, for the brewers Nalder and Collyer. Visual references to the brewers can be seen in plaster motifs and terracotta panels. It stands opposite Bromley North Station.
Note the red K2 type telephone kiosk at the junction with College Road which dates from 1927 and is one of a series of cast iron kiosks designed by Giles Gilbert Scott. Other cast concrete and cast iron kiosks by the same architect followed, culminating in the 1936 K6 series which were not superseded until 1968.
College Slip is the passageway which follows the old college wall. In the latter part of the 19th century it was still a country lane leading to open fields. The early 19th century cottage on the north side was the home of the nurseryman who grew his plants on the adjacent site. The nursery was originally purchased by the College in 1830 to prevent development of the site. This use continued until 1984 when the land was bought by the Council and named College Green. The rear of Bromley College can be seen across the Green.
The Swan & Mitre is an old coaching inn which was popular with carters carrying farm produce and fish, resting on their journey to the London markets. It dates mainly from the early 19th century