The Old Drill Hall (now O’Neils) – Heritage Building Profile

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.

a street with soldiers assembled and people watching

1914 advance guard departing to Dover

Hall with decorated stage and lots of chairs

1872 Decorated for opening concert- when Sir Arthur Sullivan (Gilbert & Sullivan) played piano.

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Bromley North Station – Heritage Building Profile

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.

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The Railway Public House – Heritage Building Profile

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.

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K2 Telephone Kiosk – Heritage

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cast concrete and cast iron kiosks by the same architect followed, culminating in the 1936 K6 series which were not superseded until 1968.

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College Slip – Heritage

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.

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The Swan and Mitre – Heritage Building Profile

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

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Walters Yard – Heritage

Until the end of the 18th century the east side of the High Street from The Bell Inn northwards, including part of the side of the college, comprised land called Grete House. This was a large private estate now covered by Walters Yard. During the Napoleonic Wars part of the area became known as ‘Prison Yard’. A temporary building on the site was used to hold French prisoners being marched through the country in the periods between 1797 and 1815. The yard is said to be named after John Walter, who ran a smithy which enjoyed a high reputation locally.

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194 High Street formally Pamphilons – Heritage Building Profile

Nos. 196-198 High Street was a dwelling house which became used as a wine merchant towards the end of the 18th century. George Pamphilon became the owner in 1865 and in 1876 he rebuilt the premises. The timber shopfront reflects the design as it was in the 19th century. Note the lettering on the arch to the right and the grape detail on the pilasters. The building is now used as a bar.

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194 High Street, the Partridge – Heritage Building Profile

The Partridge Public House stands at the junction of Church Road and was originally built for the National Provincial Bank in 1927 by architects Gunton & Gunton. It became a Public House in 1995.

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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, 1941.

Some of the Medieval to post-Medieval memorials have been salvaged and can been seen inside.

St Peter and St Paul ‘s was one of the first churches to be rebuilt after the war. Princess Elizabeth, now Queen Elizabeth II, laid the foundation stone in 1949. The new church by F. Harold Gibbons was dedicated by the Bishop of Rochester in 1957. The building makes use of local materials including flints. The lych gate dates from 1855.

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