Town Centre Green Spaces

Bromley is fortunate in having three parks adjoining the High Street, but many shoppers are unaware that they could just walk 100 yards or less, and sit down in pleasant green-space. There is a large children’s sand pit, play equipment, skating park, tennis courts, and the unknown gem of the Palace Park with views of the Bishops Palace, a moat, ice house and rockeries. At Martin’s Hill there’s an impressive view to Crystal Palace and the war memorial. Queens Gardens hosts some cinema sessions in the summer.

These parks have an active Friends group:

Friends of Bromley Town Parks & Gardens dedicated to “Promoting Bromley’s green centre”

  • 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 council has allowed to become derelict) will be sold to the Site G development. It…
  • 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 evoke the spirit of the former bishop’s palaceIt is probably by Pulhams, one of the…
  • yellow broom flowers with war memorial behind

    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.
  • Palace Park – 1732 Lead Cistern

    This lead cistern says that it was installed by Bishop of Rochester, Joseph Wilcocks. He carried out renovations and improvements to the palace. Thanks to Bromley Borough Local History. The whereabouts of the cistern is not now know, it was last on the land that the council has sold for housing development.
  • Grassy park with Churchill Theatre peeping over trees

    Queens Mead, Town Drinking Fountain and Protected View

    Down Glassmill Road, the other side of the River Ravensbourne from Martins Hill, is the grassy park of Queens Mead. It has a protected view, though this looks like it will not survive much longer: View of Martins Hill from Queens Mead, with Churchill Theatre peeping over the trees. The line of buildings that are…