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High Street No. 135 Fox House and the Olde Sweet Shoppe – Heritage Building

Fox House is a lovely 1890s building in the terrace just below Market Square. This building is fancifully decorated, with a gable end and a dome on the roof, though it is not visible when standing in front of the … Continue reading

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Tour of the Old Town Halls, post-restoration by CastleForge

Tour of the post-converted and repaired Old Town Hall on 10th February. Continue reading

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Summary/Notes on the SPD – The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Some of the content of the Supplementary Planning Document is to be praised, and some notice has been taken of the feedback in the 2020 consultation, except for the rejection of high-rise tower blocks (see our post, where 86% of … Continue reading

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Filling in the Survey Monkey on the SPD consultation

The Supplementary Planning Document consultation has an option to fill in your opinion on each section via Survey Monkey. It’s not an especially good survey, as you can’t see what you are commenting on – you have to have the … Continue reading

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Architectural Elements of Heritage Bromley

The 2023 Supplementary Planning Document for Bromley Town states the NPG aim: “well-designed places are based on a sound understanding of the surrounding context, influence their context positively and are responsive to local history, culture and heritage. Creating a positive … Continue reading

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1 Palace Park – 7 Eastern Lawn and the Old Bishops Palace

Bromley’s Civic Centre consists of a number of buildings grouped around the Bishop’s Palace, once one of the official residences of the Bishops of Rochester. The present building is part 18th century. This article is only a small part of … Continue reading

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Pulhamite – Pulham ‘stone’

The Pulhamite listed structures were installed by the new Lord of the Manor, Coles-Child, as part of his restoration and modernisation of the old Bishop’s Palace. The English Heritage listing is “It is a good and little-altered example of the artificial rock work (Pulhamite) produced in the mid-C19 by James Pulham’s firm, and it sits within a little-altered mid-C19 landscape setting, at the end of a lake and amidst trees.”.

Pulhams had invented an early form of concrete, which looks quite convincingly like rocks – but was much easier to install the shapes and forms that customer’s wanted. It became very fashionable – Sundridge Park paid the for more expensive installation, a gorge, that was top of the range as it included real fossils. Buckinham Palace has several, and Ramsgate installed a convincing cliff at Madeira Walk.

The basic structure was constructed from brickwork, and then the artisan would put a rendering of ‘pulhamite’ over the top, putting in rock-like layers and shapes as he plastered the render on – this was skilled job to make it look like genuine rock outcrops. Continue reading

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1 Palace Park – 2 The Fernery (Pulhamite stone feature)

The Fernery is one of the four Grade 2 listed features in the park. When Coles-Child bought the title of ‘Lord Of The Manor’ of Bromley from the Diocese of Rochester, he set about creating a garden worthy of his … Continue reading

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We need a Masterplan, not a free-for-all of speculative Tower Blocks

Those parts of the document that most need to be changed Continue reading

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SPD – What’s happening in my part of the Town?

Find out what building heights and what is planned for each area of Bromley Town and site. Continue reading

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