In the 1700s Bromley, though so close to London, was little more than a country village where highway men infested the coach routes. In 1821 the total number of inhabitants was only 3147.
Above the shop fronts, hidden away in quiet parks and behind walls are some insights into Bromley’s past. From the 17th Century Bromley College, to Market Square, and HG Wells birthplace, Spring Park are taking a tour of discovery around Bromley North Village. The photos above depict Market Square in the late 1880s.
In the next few months we will be following the Bromley North Village Heritage Trail to produce an accompanying video to this pamphlet which will include fascinating facts about our town.
We will start our tour from the town pump and murual.The cast iron town pump originally stood against the north west corner of the Victorian town hall. It was moved to Church House Gardens after 1933 and then placed in its present location in 1985, in front of the H G Wells mural, approximately 20 metres from the original site.
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The mural is now changed and depicts Charles Darwin and the tree of evolution.