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Saxon Bromley

Bromley may have meant 'grove or wood with broom shrubs'.
862 Reference to Bromleag.


Medieval Bromley

1205 Charter for a market granted.
C13 St Peter & St Paul church.
1447 Second charter granted two annual fairs (no more) and moved market day to Thursday.


Stuart Bromley

1672 Bromley College founded as almshouses (gate dated 1666) by John Warner, Bishop of Rochester.


Georgian Bromley

1775 New Bromley Palace opened.
1790s St Peter & St Paul rebuilt.
1790s Sunridge Park by Nash & Repton.


Regency Bromley

1821 Bromley Common enclosed.


Victorian Bromley

1839 Holy Trinity Church built.
1858 Bromley South opened, linked Bromley to London.
1861 Bromley¹s population was 5,505.
1863 Old Market Hall demolished, replaced by Gothic Town Hall (now demolished).
1866 HG Wells born at 47 High Street.
1867 Bromley became a local board.
1875 New Cottage Hospital.
1878 Bromley College of Art opened (now council offices).
1878 Bromley North station opened on Bromley branch of the South East Railway.
Sunridge Park station opened on the South East Railway as a private station for Sir Charles Scott of Sunridge.
1889 New Theatre opened on High Street.
1890 St Luke¹s Church built.
1893 Bromley South station widened.
1894 Bromley became an urban district council.
1898 Royal Bell Hotel built.


Modern Bromley

1903 Bromley became a borough.
1910 Fire station opened in South Street.
1913 St Augustine built.
1936 Gaumont cinema opened (converted into Debenhams in 1960s).
1941 St Peter & St Paul damaged by a bomb.
1962 Bromley Technical College + Ravensbourne College of Art opened.
1965 Bromley became a London Borough.
1967 Telephone House built (Alun Jones, Ward & Partners).
1967 Cosmos House built (Owen Luder Partnership).
1970 Army & Navy Store opened.
1971 New Theatre destroyed by fire.
1975 New Churchill Theatre and Library opened (Aneurin John).


Book list
Bromley - ELS Horsburgh (1929 reprinted 1980)

 

David Bowie - The South London Years
Dulwich Design
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