Category Archives: Local History

local history and historic information

Robert Dyas – a surprise Bromley resident

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 … Continue reading

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Church House and Library Gardens

These two parks are really one; it is just a historical note that Library Gardens is the level area behind the Churchill Theatre; you then go down the slope to the integrated Church House Gardens. Note that, part of this … Continue reading

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BCS and Parks Heritage Walk No.1 Market Square and North High Street

Market Square shops High Street north of Market Square You can download this walk as a .pdf here. Start at the south side of Market Square, outside Ann Summers. Look at the Primark Extension opposite you: Market Square is the … Continue reading

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Martins Hill, the War Memorial, and the Ravensbourne of Yesteryear

Martins Hill and War Memorial.
In the early years of the railway, the slopes were noted for the perfusion of broom, and made the hillside appear quite yellow from the train. Continue reading

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Heritage Walk – Bromley North

Above the shopfronts, 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. Continue reading

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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

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The Palace Park

The grounds of the former Bishops Palace. A quarter of the parkland was sold in November 2019 (including the listed folly and 2 buildings that Bromley Council have allowed to become in bad repair), and it is expected that the … Continue reading

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Architect – Evelyn Hellicar

Bromley’s forgotten architect by Doug Black in 2005 In 2005, Doug Black, Bromley Council’s principal conservation officer, was intrigued by the work of Edwardian architect Evelyn Hellicar, who lived nearly all his life in the borough and was responsible for … Continue reading

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David Bowie in Bromley (or Bickley, or Beckenham)

David Bowie (the famous musician!) was born in Southwark. His parents then moved to Bromley South (106 Canon Road, and briefly attending Raglan Road School), before settling at 4 Plaistow Grove, where he spent his school years, attending Ravenswood School … Continue reading

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Charles Cowels-Voysey, Architect, Art Deco in Bromley

Charles Cowles Voysey (1889-1981) and a renowned architect in the early 20th Century.  In Bromley he was responsible for the ‘Town Hall extension’ (1939) and the former Magistrates Court (1939), Elsewhere, his other notable completed works includes Worthing Town Hall, … Continue reading

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