Category Archives: Local History

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Bromley Town Centre Parks Heritage & Biodiversity Trail

The Friends of Bromley Town Parks & Gardens, and Bromley Civic Society, are pleased to present a new trail through our heritage green spaces.

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Bromley Town Centre Park Trail – Stop 1/3 (Moat)

Previous | Next Medieval Moat (and fish ponds) This lake is the ‘Moat’ of the Bishops Palace, it originally encircled the Palace buildings. By the 1700s it was quite fragmented but there was still a string of fish ponds along … Continue reading

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Bromley Town Centre Park Trail – Stop 1/4 (Cascade & Ha-Ha)

Previous | Next 4 The Cascade & Ha-ha! This stop looks at two of the Grade II listed historic features of the park. The Pulhamite Cascade Installation (Grade II Listed by Historic England) In the 1700s, young aristocratic men would … 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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Bromley Town Centre Park Trail – Stop 1/6 (Old Bishops Palace)

Previous | Next The Eastern Lawns and the Old Bishops Palace   This is the lawn and ‘rear elevation’ of Bromley Palace, usually called The Old Bishops Palace. The current building dates from 1775 (Georgian era) but when Charles Coles-Child … Continue reading

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Bromley Town Centre Park Trail – Stop 1/2 (The Fernery)

Previous | Next The Fernery and Victorian Fern Collecting 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, … Continue reading

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Famous People – Sir John Lubbock

The Lubbock family lived in the mansion house of High Elms, near Downe. Sir John Lubbock (born 1834) was the son of Sir John Lubbock (born 1801) and was a banker for his family company. He is best known for … Continue reading

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New Virtual Tour – A visit to Bromley Palace and Park!

Join us for a close look at the 18th century Bromley Palace, now the nerve centre of Bromley Council – we’ll also ‘walk’ around the secluded Park behind the Palace The 18th century Bromley Palace was the Georgian home of the Bishops of Rochester. It was transformed in … Continue reading

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Family Heritage Treasure Trail

Bromley Civic society has produced a family treasure hunt in the town centre! It’s reported that even adults enjoy it – you might find that there’s more to see above the shops than you had previously noticed. Both routes are … Continue reading

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The Old Bromley Oak

This veteran oak tree (Quercus robur) was reprieved, when the Glades was being built, and still proudly stands at the side of Kentish Way. Originally it grew on the corner of the grounds of the house “Bromley Lodge” and Love … Continue reading

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