LAST CHANCE to have your say before the deadline (Monday)

oval of proposed high-rises compared with oval of nicer ones
comparison of proposed overbearing designs with nicer modern developments (as built in Kent this year)

We think it’s important that we all take part in this Consultation, despite it’s difficulty in negotiating the forms.

This is No. 3 bulletin, to help you fill in a theme of Consultation to meet the deadline of 5th October 2020.

Note: the Planning Guidance adds to, but not changes, the policies in the Bromley Local Plan (Local Plans are enforceable 10-year building programmes) .

On our website here: http://bit.ly/howtomakecomments there is a detailed explanation of how to use the ‘Commenting’ and the ‘Thumbs up’ procedure.  For a simple way in, follow the steps below.

When you Save your comments, you will be asked to confirm your email address.  You can make further comments later. Remember to find those emails and click on their links!

There are 12 themes in the consultation, which makes it too large to go into every theme here. So we’ve concentrated on (in order or importance):

  • Theme 1: Quick Feedback
  • Theme 11: Historic Environment
  • Theme 3: Development Opportunities
  • Theme 8: Green Infrastructure
  • Theme 2: Have you say (via the map)

Here’s some suggestions as the sort of things you might like to enter:

Theme 1: Quick Feedback

 

Make a Comment in the QUICK FEEDBACK theme:

‘Quick Feedback’ enables a general comment about what the guidance should include.

First click on https://bromleytowncentre.commonplace.is/ then ‘Have Your Say’, then the ‘Quick Feedback’ box

Answer the question:
‘Do you think the Council should prepare detailed planning guidance for Bromley Town Centre?’ 

We suggest you click the ‘smiley face’ meaning yes!

Then in the box labelled ‘What should this guidance include?’ BCS suggests the following notes reflect our main concerns:

There needs to be guidance on:
* the height of new buildings in various parts of the town centre
* tall buildings should not overlook or impact upon the Conservation Area or open spaces in the town
* the historic environment, which is particularly important to the character and distinctiveness of the town centre
* the use and protection of open spaces in the town
* alternative uses for vacant retail premises to allow for community and cultural uses

Theme 11: Historic Environment

How important is the historic environment to the character of the town centre?
BCS suggests: 
Bromley’s distinctive character arises from the historic buildings with various architectural styles, open spaces and streetscapes in the town; Stories of the town’s growth from its market town origins and of its celebrated inhabitants are a source of great interest for residents and visitors alike. Together this makes up the historic environment which is vital to the town’s future.
What elements of the historic environment do you consider most important?
BCS suggests:  
The buildings and streetscapes within the Conservation Area, in particular: Bromley and Sheppards Colleges, the Bishops Palace, Picturehouse Cinema, the Royal Bell.  Also buildings that represent distinctive architectural movements (eg Arts and Crafts), the former Gaumont cinema (now Wilco and Dreams) in the lower High Street; the former Maplins building on the corner of Ethelbert Road and the High Street; the former Laura Ashley building on the corner of Ringers Road and the High Street and the town centre parks.
Celebrations of past inhabitants eg: HG Wells, David Bowie, Charles Darwin; Enid Blyton…
How can development be accommodated without causing harm to the historic environment?
BCS suggests: The SPD should give detailed guidance focused on protecting the historic environment – not just within the Conservation Area but elsewhere in the town.  New development should reflect the scale, architectural detail and styles that prevail in the town and should avoid spoiling the historic environment. The open aspect of historic open spaces should be protected.   Buildings of architectural interest, particularly those in the southern part of the High Street, should be protected and excluded from any new development schemes.  
Do you have any other comments in relation to the historic environment in Bromley Town Centre?
BCS suggests: 
Bromley’s historic environment needs to be better promoted. Interpretation boards, QR codes with audio and/or visual descriptions; heritage trails, walks and talks are ways of raising awareness.  With more awareness comes better protection (one hopes)!

Some comments have been made already under this Theme (‘View comments’ at the bottom).  Give them the ‘thumbs up’ if you agree with them. 
 

Theme 3: Development Opportunities:

What do you think makes a good Town Centre? 
BCS suggests:  A wide variety of uses (not just shops); a visible and distinctive heritage and culture and unique features that distinguish it from other centres. 
What would you like your area to look like post Covid-19? 
BCS suggests:  More prominence given to the town centre’s heritage; more cultural and community activity; more planting, greenery and shade; less traffic; more seating.
What could the town centre offer that it does not already?
BCS suggests: Better interpretation and understanding of the town centre’s heritage; central outdoor space for performance and community activities, more indoor spaces for community and cultural activity; a unique sculptural feature reflecting the town’s heritage.
Do you have any other comments in relation to planning for recovery post-COVID 19?
BCS suggests: Planning for recovery should encourage and enable community and cultural enterprises to take up empty retail properties.

Some comments have been made already under this Theme (‘View comments’ at the bottom).  Give them the ‘thumbs up’ if you agree with them. 

Theme 8: Green Infrastructure

Do you think provision of green infrastructure in town centre locations is important? What advantages and disadvantages does green infrastructure bring?
BCS suggests:  Bromley’s green spaces make the town distinctive and different from other town centres; they are vital for mental and physical health, urban cooling, air quality, encouraging outdoor activity, increasing dwell time in the town and are key to recovery post-Covid.
What type of green infrastructure do you think is most suitable for Bromley Town Centre?
BCS suggests: 
 Trees and greenery in the High Street and quiet green spaces close to the busy centre of the town. 
Do you think there are any opportunities/locations where new green infrastructure could be provided in Bromley Town Centre?
BCS suggests: Trees and greenery in the High Street to soften the outline of modern buildings, more wild areas to encourage biodiversity…. 
Which, if any, open spaces in and around the town centre do you currently use, and why?
BCS suggests: 
list the spaces that you use eg Martins Hill, Queensmead, Queens Gardens, College Green, Palace Park…
Are there any open spaces in and around the town centre you do not currently use, but would like to? What changes would make you more likely to use this open space?
BCS suggests:
 Many people are unaware of the Palace Park….signposting and access to that green space could be improved.    
Do you have any other comments in relation to green infrastructure in Bromley Town Centre?
BCS suggests: 
It’s important to protect the green spaces we have; no new building should impact on the open aspect of our parks and gardens. 

Theme 2: Have Your Say In Your Local Area (map based answers)

Have your say on your local area 

‘Have your say on your local area’ enables you to place a pin on a Bromley Town Centre map and make a comment about a specific site or place and say what you would like to see there.

First click on 
https://bromleytowncentre.commonplace.is/ then ‘
Have Your Say’, then 
‘Have your say on your local area’ then 
‘Have your say‘ again (top right) 

Place the pin‘ in the location (on the map) you’re commenting on. Click ‘Ok got it‘ and drag the pin to the place on the map where you wish to make a comment.
When the pin has been placed, fill in boxes on the left to say where it is and what it is. 
There are further boxes to click and finally a box for ‘Do you have further comments’
Remember to Save when you’ve finished 

BCS suggests that the places listed below are among those that may merit some comment.  The list is by no means comprehensive and you will probably want to add further places.
Church House Gardens – any development to the south (Churchill Qtr, Site 10 in Local Plan) should be limited in height to reduce impact on the open space and the Conservation Area
Bromley North Station – any development to the north of the station (Site 2 in the Local Plan) should be limited in height to reduce impact on the Conservation Area
High Street – more greenery and planting possible green walls to soften the impact of unsightly buildings
Picturehouse Cinema, High Street north – cinema should be protected from development and excluded from Site 3 Hill Car Park, in the Local Plan (which plans to replace it with housing)  
former Maplins building (cnr of High Street and Ethelbert Road) – this building contributes to the character of the High Street and should be protected from development 
former Gaumont cinema building (now Dreams and Wilko in the High Street on the corner of Ravensourne Road) – this building contributes to the character of the High Street and should be protected from development
Laura Ashley building, cnr of High Street and Ringers Road) and adjoining neo-Georgian terrace (54-60 High Street) – these buildings contribute to the attractiveness and character of the High Street and should be protected from development 
Bromley North Station – plant trees in forecourt in front of the listed station building
Market Square (and elsewhere) – Heritage Interpretation Panels to provide a public heritage information display about nearby historic buildings  
Bromley North Village – improve tree planting throughout the area.

Editor’s Note: This consultation is about what future development of the town centre will look like. It cannot be used to change the amount of future housing that will be built. It can change what it looks like and how high it is.

We would like to see it result in appealing good quality, locality-specific proposals in future rather than the androgynous high rises already put forward.

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Bromley Town Centre consultation: Bulletin No.3 –‘The Future of Bromley Town Centre’

oval of proposed high-rises compared with oval of nicer ones
comparison of proposed overbearing designs with nicer modern developments

We think it’s important that we all take part in this Consultation, despite it’s difficulty in negotiating the forms.

This is No. 3 bulletin, to help you fill in a theme of Consultation to meet the deadline of 5th October 2020.

Note: the Planning Guidance adds to, but not changes, the policies in the Bromley Local Plan (Local Plans are enforceable 10-year building programmes) .

On our website here: http://bit.ly/howtomakecomments there is a detailed explanation of how to use the ‘Commenting’ and the ‘Thumbs up’ procedure.  For a simple way in, follow the steps below.

When you Save your comments, you will be asked to confirm your email address.  You can make further comments later. Remember to find those emails and click on their links!

What do you think makes a good Town Centre? 
BCS suggests:  A wide variety of uses (not just shops); a visible and distinctive heritage and culture and unique features that distinguish it from other centres. 
What would you like your area to look like post Covid-19? 
BCS suggests:  More prominence given to the town centre’s heritage; more cultural and community activity; more planting, greenery and shade; less traffic; more seating.
What could the town centre offer that it does not already?
BCS suggests: Better interpretation and understanding of the town centre’s heritage; central outdoor space for performance and community activities, more indoor spaces for community and cultural activity; a unique sculptural feature reflecting the town’s heritage.
Do you have any other comments in relation to planning for recovery post-COVID 19?
BCS suggests: Planning for recovery should encourage and enable community and cultural enterprises to take up empty retail properties.

Some comments have been made already under this Theme (‘View comments’ at the bottom).  Give them the ‘thumbs up’ if you agree with them. 

Editor’s Note: This consultation is about what future development of the town centre will look like. It cannot be used to change the amount of future housing that will be built. It can change what it looks like and how high it is.

We would like to see it result in appealing good quality, locality-specific proposals in future rather than the androgynous high rises already put forward.

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Online HG Wells Tour: Saturday 19 September 10.30am

Join us for an online tour of HG Wells’ Bromley

A video tour around Victorian Bromley where HG Wells (Bertie) grew up. Members of Bromley Civic Society, dressed in period costume, will speak the words from his Autobiography where he describes the sights and places he knew as a child.

See his birthplace, his first school, the park where he played and imagined great battles and other places in the town during its Victorian hey-day

To be Premiered on Bromley Civic Society’s YouTube Channel: https://bit.ly/BCSYouTubeChannel

10:30am Saturday 19th September 2020.

During the Premier you will be able to chat online with the walk leaders. If you miss the Premier don’t worry, the video will still be available to view at anytime on YouTube.

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Bromley Town Centre consultation: Bulletin No.2 –‘Have your say on your Local Area’

oval of proposed high-rises compared with oval of nicer ones
comparison of proposed overbearing designs with nicer modern developments

At Bromley Civic Society, we think it is important that we all take part in this Consultation.  To assist you in making your contribution we are producing a series of Bulletins on each of the Themes in the Consultation to meet the deadline of 5th October 2020.

The purpose of the new Planning Guidance is to add to but not change the policies and proposals in the Bromley Local Plan that was adopted in 2019 (Local Plans are enforceable ten-year building programmes) .

On our website here: http://bit.ly/howtomakecomments there is a detailed explanation of how to use the ‘Commenting’ and the ‘Thumbs up’ procedure.  For a simple way in, follow the steps below.

When you Save your comments, you will be asked to confirm your email address.  You can make further comments later. Remember to find those emails and click on their links!

Have your say on your local area 

‘Have your say on your local area’ enables you to place a pin on a Bromley Town Centre map and make a comment about a specific site or place and say what you would like to see there.

First click on 
https://bromleytowncentre.commonplace.is/ then ‘
Have Your Say’, then 
‘Have your say on your local area’ then 
‘Have your say‘ again (top right) 

Place the pin‘ in the location (on the map) you’re commenting on. Click ‘Ok got it‘ and drag the pin to the place on the map where you wish to make a comment.
When the pin has been placed, fill in boxes on the left to say where it is and what it is. 
There are further boxes to click and finally a box for ‘Do you have further comments’
Remember to Save when you’ve finished 

BCS suggests that the places listed below are among those that may merit some comment.  The list is by no means comprehensive and you will probably want to add further places.
Church House Gardens – any development to the south (Churchill Qtr, Site 10 in Local Plan) should be limited in height to reduce impact on the open space and the Conservation Area
Bromley North Station – any development to the north of the station (Site 2 in the Local Plan) should be limited in height to reduce impact on the Conservation Area
High Street – more greenery and planting possible green walls to soften the impact of unsightly buildings
Picturehouse Cinema, High Street north – cinema should be protected from development and excluded from Site 3 Hill Car Park, in the Local Plan (which plans to replace it with housing)  
former Maplins building (cnr of High Street and Ethelbert Road) – this building contributes to the character of the High Street and should be protected from development 
former Gaumont cinema building (now Dreams and Wilko in the High Street on the corner of Ravensourne Road) – this building contributes to the character of the High Street and should be protected from development
Laura Ashley building, cnr of High Street and Ringers Road) and adjoining neo-Georgian terrace (54-60 High Street) – these buildings contribute to the attractiveness and character of the High Street and should be protected from development 
Bromley North Station – plant trees in forecourt in front of the listed station building
Market Square (and elsewhere) – Heritage Interpretation Panels to provide a public heritage information display about nearby historic buildings  
Bromley North Village – improve tree planting throughout the area.

Editor’s Note: This consultation is about what future development of the town centre will look like. It cannot be used to change the amount of future housing that will be built. It can change what it looks like and how high it is.

We would like to see it result in appealing good quality, locality-specific proposals in future rather than the androgynous high rises already put forward.

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Bromley Town Centre consultation: Bulletin No.1 – ‘Quick Feedback’

oval of proposed high-rises compared with oval of nicer ones
comparison of proposed overbearing designs with nicer modern developments

At Bromley Civic Society, we think it is important that we all take part in this Consultation.  To assist you in making your contribution we are producing a series of Bulletins on each of the Themes in the Consultation to meet the deadline of 5th October 2020.

The purpose of the new Planning Guidance is to add to but not change the policies and proposals in the Bromley Local Plan (adopted in 2019).

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New Town Centre Planning consultation – How to work the commenting and thumbs up

A quick guide to commenting, or giving a comment a thumbs up:

The consultation is divided into 12 categories, so to prevent the old blank-page scare, compose what you want to say, and work out which ‘theme’ it fits in, first.

The procedure involves quite a lot of clicks, being redirected, losing your place in whichever page you’re on, and confirming by email.  I recommend not doing it by mobile, nor in a rush.

The procedure to comment, or thumbs-up a comment:

Go to the category, or 'Theme' page that you wish to engage with.  There's 12 of these, so it's not quick and no suitable for a mobile.
Go to the category, or ‘Theme’ page that you wish to engage with. There’s 12 of these, so it’s not quick and no suitable for a mobile.
Step 2: empty your junk mail folder so you can find  your email confirmations easily
Step 2: empty your junk mail folder so you can find your email confirmations easily
Step 3: Either fill in your comment, or click the Show Comments button
Step 3: Either fill in your comment, or click the Show Comments button
Step 4: Click the ‘Agree’ button next to a comment you like - it's a good idea to work from the bottom up doing this
Step 4: Click the ‘Agree’ button next to a comment you like – it’s a good idea to work from the bottom up doing this
Step 5: Type in your email address, then press the ‘Back’, or <- arrow, until you return to the page, to carry on down the comments
Step 5: Type in your email address, then press the ‘Back’, or <- arrow, until you return to the page, to carry on down the comments
Step 6: Find the Commonplace email in your junk box
Step 6: Find the Commonplace email in your junk box
Step 7:  Open the email and click the confirmation button
Step 7: Open the email and click the confirmation button
Step 8: Close the thank -you page and return to the tab with the consultation on
Step 8. Close the thank -you page and return to the tab with the consultation on
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Join BCS (and calling all existing members!)

If you care about Bromley and its heritage and green spaces, please support us by joining the Society. Membership per household is only £10 per year. You can join or renew your membership either by visiting our membership portal. or by sending a cheque with a letter giving your full name, postal address, where possible your email address, and a contact telephone number to the Membership Secretary, 3 Hayes Road, Bromley BR2 9AF.

Joining will mean that you receive our regular newsletter emails, and help fund our efforts to save our historic town centre being dominated by tower blocks.

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The (not) Protected View from Queens Mead and S2 /Churchill Quarter Developments

high rises tower above the trees
Proposed buildings ruin the protected view from Queens Mead

The view of the town centre – or rather the trees – from Queens Mead and the railway line, is protected.

Two developments will ruin this view : the S2 application to put 16 storeys in place of the former Maplins neo-georgian shop [planning here] and Churchill Quarter [planning here]. Please write and object to these so we do not loose the lovely view our council is supposed to protect.

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Robert Dyas – a surprise Bromley resident

victorian gentleman with fine moustache
Robert Dyas

It has been good to welcome a branch of Robert Dyas now open in Bromley High Street and even more so since it has been discovered by staff at the Local Studies Library that Robert Dyas lived for the last 30 years of his life in Blyth Road, just off Beckenham Lane, in the Town Centre.    

Please object to the development, here at planning reference no : 19/04183 1, Blyth Road, Bromley BR1 3RS
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Write and Stop This Tower Block – we want our neo-Georgian shop to stay

S2 Estates have put in an application for a 16 storey tower on the site of the former Maplins store.  Their supporting statement said that they felt it would help locals find the High Street.

lovely neo-georgian shop
66-70 High Street, lovely example of a Neo Georgian Shop

This 1932 neo-Georgian shop is one of only 2 buildings considered good enough to be worth saving in the proposed Master plan of the lower high street.

This proposal is much higher than the surrounding buildings (16 storeys compared with 2 or 4) , overbearing, and will stick out for miles around (being on the ridge top). 

This area already suffers from inadequate infrastructure – shortage of GPs, overcrowded stations – and these units would be better built on sites that are walking distance from one of the other 16 railway stations in the borough.  

S2 Estates have ignored the feedback from their public consultation and pushed ahead with their over-sized development. 

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Picturehouse is new home for rescued Art Deco Screens

coloured ray screen
Restored Art Deco screen, from Widmore Road co-op, at The PIcturehouse Cinema

“Look out in the new Picturehouse Cafe for the Art Deco screens from the former Co-op in Widmore Road.

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“Picture Perfect Day” our heritage walks, in the words of a lady on the street…

two people in costume in front of georgian building
Jane and Peter leading a guided Walk at the BIshops Palace


On Saturday 22nd June I lined up outside Boots in The Glades more out of curiosity than anything else, as a lifelong resident of the borough of Bromley I figured there wasn’t much I didn’t already know.

How wrong I was, and what an absolutely fantastic day I experienced, along with at least 25 or 30 other folk. Our two hosts for the morning tour entitled ‘Bromley Palace and Park’ were clad in Victorian suits and hats and provided entertaining and illuminating information about aspects of Bromley previously unknown to me, and I’m sure others were equally surprised and delighted.

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Write To Stop Sell-Off of more Public Heritage Open Space

The site is part of the Bishop of Rochester’s Palace Park which is the setting of 6 listed buildings

stone and flint mini tower with arched window
To Be LOST: the stone-and-flint folly from the Bishops Palace – made with fragments found in the Moat during restoration work in the 19th Century

Please write and object to this sale to :David Mark Bowen, Director of Corporate Services, LB Bromley, Stockwell Close, Bromley, BR1 3UH  or email it to : mark.bowen@bromley.gov.uk    Mark it Proposed sale of land at Bromley Civic Centre  and include your name address and postcode otherwise it will not be accepted.  Don’t be put off by this mad deadline !:  Copies to the Ward Councillors and BCS would be welcome.
CllrNicky.Dykes@bromley.gov.uk   William.Harmer@bromley.gov.uk   Michael.Rutherford@bromley.gov.uk
chair@bromleycivicsociety.org.uk

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Don’t Clutter Market Square

We like our Market Square with enough open space for our market – If you want to continue to have our market in Market Square, find a moment to object to this planning proposal 19_00241: https://searchapplications.bromley.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=PLEVE4BTJHM00

The Garden Shed style additions to Market Square
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Broom time – Heritage Event

The annual flowering of the shrub, from which Bromley takes its name, takes place on Martin’s Hill mid April to the end of May and we recommend all visitors and locals to witness this event of living history so fundamental to the heritage of Bromley Town.

Tony Banfield, Chair of Bromley Civic Society Heritage officer – The Friends of Bromley Town Parks
Yellow flowered bush on hillside, with war memorial obelisk behind.

Just two minutes walk from Market Square along Church Road behind Primark, Bromley’s name- sake shrub burst into spectacular bloom on Martin’s Hill. The name ‘Bromley’ is from the Anglo Saxon ‘Bromleag’ or ‘Broomleigh’ literally meaning Broom meadow.

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Churchill Quarter Planning Application

The planning application for the “Churchill Quarter” development in Bromley town centre has now been submitted (planning reference: 18/02181).

The development, adjacent to library gardens, is a co-development with the Council providing the land and Countryside Properties responsible for building and operations.

Before and after images showing the effect of the development can be seen on the right.

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2020 BROOMTIME IN BROMLEY

Broom bushes on hillside covered in flowers
This year’s broom flowers on Martins Hill parkland

Here’s the first of the articles from our August 2020 newsletter, the full contents of which, has been sent to members. Please support our work to promote and save our heritage, by joining the town’s civic society – a snip at £10 a household. 


Thank goodness for our wonderful Town Centre Parks which have offered such a respite from the lockdown! 

Albeit that they’ve been a bit overwhelmed at times by people with nowhere else to go.  

Martin’s Hill (pictured here) was ablaze with colour from our namesake flowering shrub, the Broom from mid April to late May.  The grassland is a rare example of acid grassland. It is good to see how good it looks after the work to clear invasive bushes.

Queens Mead took on something of a festival air reminiscent of Victorian and Edwardian times when it was the venue for fairs, circuses and fetes. In those times, too, enjoyment of our open spaces was a fundamental part of a visit to Bromley. In recent times they have been almost forgotten but now is the time to reinvent what Bromley is all about and rediscover the significance of our precious green space heritage.

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2020 Online ‘Easter’ Hunt!

broom stem
Broom, the flower Bromley is named after (see Broom Time)

To provide a bit of light hearted entertainment, we have compiled an online website ‘Easter’ hunt.

The competition is to look on our website, and find all the pages which have a picture, like the one above, of a sprig of Broom (the spring flower that Bromley is named after) at the bottom of the page.

When you’ve found the picture at the bottom of one of our pages, it will have a letter next to it. Write down the letters, they are an anagram for a word. When you’ve found them all, shuffle the letters to find the word!

The competition is really just for fun and kudos, but Survey Monkey will email us your answers, and the correct answers will be entered into a prize draw – though this will only be for Cadbury’s Easter Eggs! The competition is to show you our website, so explore and find those pages with the broom pictures!

For instance, with the Clue: “The vanished and haunted moated manor that gave Ringers Road its name” you could put ‘Haunted’ in the search box (top right) and see an entry for Simpsons Moat in the list, when you visit this page and scroll to the bottom, there’s a picture of a sprig of broom. Under this is an ‘M’, so enter ‘M’ in the box for this question! There’s one done for you already!

Use each of these clues to help you find a page with the picture of a sprig of broom at the bottom:

2)  An innovator of self-service shopping.
3)  Bromley’s toy town station.
4)  Our clickable map of the town’s heritage… look under ‘Heritage’.
5)  The future of the seat of our local government in the 2019 Local Plan.
6)  Famous former resident reputed to have used the term ‘So ******* Croydon’ when disgusted with something.
7)  A quarter of this parkland was sold off in November – including the listed folly.

And a final question (search for our page on Broom time): Which of our green spaces was the Broom Time festival held in?

Here’s a link to SurveyMonkey to enter your answers. Alternatively you can print this word document, and fill in the boxes – in this case, if you want to enter the prize draw, you will need to email it to us at bromley.civic.society@gmail.com

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Simpsons Moat

Simpsons Moat, or Palace, was a moated, crenellated manor house at the bottom of Ringers Road.

Most of the building had been of Tudor age, dominated by a large chimney. Henry VIII was reputed to have visited. It was later converted to a farm house, and the last tenant, Jeraimiah Ringer filled in two sides of the moat. Ringers Road is named after him. There is a page on wiki, though these details are challenged by the notable local historian E.L.Horsburgh.

It was demolished in the 1850s.

The area is haunted ,not just by one ghost, but by two ghosts! Often they’re seen together. One is a white lady, and her companion has old fashioned clothing and a black floppy hat. Join us on our Murder, Ghosts and Highwaymen walk next time it’s held (usually at Halloween, for more details!)

A drawing from 1850 in the British Museum
broom stem
Letter ‘M’ for our Easter Hunt game
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Answers to online Family Heritage Treasure Trail

Answers to online edition:

  1. Charles Darwin
  2. The author H.G. Wells
  3. The Old Town Pump
  4. Drapers shop (sold cloth by the yard)
  5. 1888 (the year Covell & Harris ‘s shop)
  6. 1866 (HG Wells was born)
  7. ‘Old English’ Arts and Crafts style, Queen Anne movement
  8. 1912
  9. There’s furniture suspended from the ceiling.
  10. Aberdeen Building.
  11. Ravensfell Parade.
  12. Bromley House Parade
  13. Bromleag was the old name for Bromley (also spelt Bromleage)
  14. David Bowie.
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