Heritage Walk – Bromley North

Above the shopfronts, and 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.

See page on council website

Suggested Route:

black and gold cast iron pump
market stalls and shops with awnings
elaborate brickand stone building with gables and gargoyles
traditional flint stone tower
stone and brick neo-georgian building
elegant neo-georgian building
Beautiful Queen Anne building
Black-and-white house with jetties, turret and balconies
row of georgian buildings traditional inn style
Georgian hall with pedimented arch affording glimpse beyond 
Mysterious tree lined path disappears between the buildings

15. The Railway Public House
decorative arts and crafts pub

16. Bromley North Station
beautiful little neo-classical building

17. The Old Drill Hall (now O’Neils)
a white washed pitched roofed hall

18. No. 19 East St (former Local Board house)
shops around a octaganal bay

19. West St (former Post Office)
Turn around and go back to South Street 20. Number 8 South Street Small terrace house in London Brick
Continue down South Street 21. The Fire Station Fine brick and stone buiding with striking stripes on archways
22. Community House (former Magistrates Court) nice proportioned building with columned portico
23. Former Town Hall beautiful ornate gothic town hall
24. Former School of Art and Science arts n crafts building with cupula
25. Former Town Hall extension blue-slate roofed 2-storey neo-georgian building

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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