Town Centre Parks Heritage Trail

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

Though the trail covers heritage and biodiversity in the main Town Centre parks, the work is also part of the Friends campaign to promote The Bromley Palace Park and conduct remedial work on it.

Start at the Central Atrium of the Glades, and take the escalators to the first floor. Behind the lift you will find a passageway to the bridge over Kentish Way (dual carraigeway). Descending to the bottom, go down Stockwell Close, through the Civic Centre and round to your left to the car park. In the far corner is the entrance to the Palace Park. On your left is St Blaise’s Well:

1 Palace Park – 1 St Blaise’s Well

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

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

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

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...
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1 Palace Park – 5 The Ice Well and Summer House

1 Palace Park – 5 The Ice Well and Summer House

The Ice House (and boat house) This building is both an Ice House and an Arts and Crafts Summer House....
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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 -...
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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...
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4 The Mill Pond

There were a number of mills recorded in the Doomsday Book along the River Ravensbourne in Bromley, but the only...
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