Category Archives: Green Space – Palace Park

1 Palace Park – 4 Medieval Moat (and fish ponds)

The Old Bishops Palace was surrounded by a moat in the Medieval era. Moats were a status symbol for a mansion. Moats like these were not a serious military deterrent, though households inside a moat were more secure than otherwise. … Continue reading

Posted in Green Space - Palace Park, Item in the Parks Heritage Trail | Tagged , | Comments Off on 1 Palace Park – 4 Medieval Moat (and fish ponds)

1 Palace Park – 6 The Ha-Ha

The Ha-Ha was an important part of the park, as it kept the local farmer’s livestock – ie cattle – out of the gardens so they didn’t eat all the ornamental plants! If correctly built, at over 8 foot high … Continue reading

Posted in Green Space - Palace Park, Item in the Parks Heritage Trail | Tagged , | Comments Off on 1 Palace Park – 6 The Ha-Ha

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

Posted in Green Space - Palace Park, Item in the Parks Heritage Trail | Tagged , , | Comments Off on 1 Palace Park – 7 Eastern Lawn and the Old Bishops Palace

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

Posted in Green Space - Palace Park, Item in the Parks Heritage Trail | Tagged , | Comments Off on 1 Palace Park – 2 The Fernery (Pulhamite stone feature)

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

Posted in Events, Green Space - Palace Park | Comments Off on New Virtual Tour – A visit to Bromley Palace and Park!

1 Palace Park – 5 The Ice Well and Summer House

This building is both an Ice House and an Arts and Crafts Summer House. The original ice well was built in the mid 1700s, when the well-to-do would store ice, stored in layers of straw – as refrigeration was not … Continue reading

Posted in Green Space - Palace Park, Item in the Parks Heritage Trail | Tagged | Comments Off on 1 Palace Park – 5 The Ice Well and Summer House

1 Palace Park – 1 St Blaise’s Well

St Blaise’s well was rediscovered in 1754 (by the Bishop’s domestic chaplain, a Rev Mr Hardwick); a worker showed him a spring, seeping into the moat, which he identified as a chalybeate spring. It had buried ancient oak steps. The … Continue reading

Posted in Green Space - Palace Park, Item in the Parks Heritage Trail, pre-victorian | Tagged | Comments Off on 1 Palace Park – 1 St Blaise’s Well

1 Palace Park – 3 The Cascade (Pulhamite stone feature)

The Pulham’s Rockery and Pulham’s Fernery were fashionable garden installations in the late Victorian era. Pulhams had invented an early form of concrete, which looks quite convincingly like rocks – but was much easier to install Continue reading

Posted in Green Space - Palace Park, Item in the Parks Heritage Trail | Tagged , , , | Comments Off on 1 Palace Park – 3 The Cascade (Pulhamite stone feature)

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 … Continue reading

Posted in Green Space - Palace Park | Tagged , | Comments Off on Palace Park – 1732 Lead Cistern

Lord of the Manor’s Folly

The folly for the BIshops Palace 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 palacr.
* It is by Pulhams, one of the most innovative and interesting c19th firms of garden contractors. Continue reading

Posted in Green Space - Palace Park | Tagged , | Comments Off on Lord of the Manor’s Folly