Bromley Borough Local History Society


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On this page we will add the occasional article which for one reason or another has not appeared in Bromleag or only in an abbreviated form.

They are stored as Adobe Reader files using the pdf format which most users will be able to autormatically open and read. If you do not currently have this facility or wish to update the program, go to the Adobe Systems Inc. web page here.

Simply click on the title of the article you wish to read and select Open or Save. Please note, all articles are copyright to their authors and if you wish to make commercial use of them, you must send us your request which we will forward to the author.

If you have an article or presentation you would like to share (and it is too long for Bromleag), please let us know.

An expanded version of the illustrated talk Dr. Pittman gave to the Society
in 2013.

Owning a deer park was one of the greatest status symbols one could have. Only the richest gentlemen or those higher in the social scale could afford to set aside land and fence it in for preserving deer to hunt and to supply venison.

Ten early deer parks have so far been found in the London Borough of Bromley.

Sometimes the shapes of deer parks have been imprinted on the countryside and can be detected by comparing old and modern maps. Even after the park had ceased to operate as a deer park, because the surrounding countryside had already been established, the continuous line of the park boundary was kept and the later field boundaries abutted onto it. The road and footpath pattern can still delineate the ancient park boundaries...

parks pic

Slides from an illustrated talk Mike Marriott gave to the Society in 2014

Believed to date back to 1032, Orpington Priory and its surrounding gardens form a pleasant oasis just behind Orpington High Street. The Priory, so called, is currently home to Bromley Museum.

Plans to develop the building and the exhibitions have, however, currently fallen foul of a failed Lottery Fund bid and the unwillingness of Bromley Council to commit any more money to the site. All options are being explored, but with the proviso that they must cost nothing!

Priory Gardens
Borough 19

Slides from a talk given to the Association in 2005

The London Borough of Bromley was created in 1965 but during the planning stages it was simply referred to as "Borough 19". What it was to be called, what area it should cover and a brief history of its constituent parts formed this presentation given by former resident Patricia Manning when celebrating the new borough's 40th anniversary in 2005.

For many years Pat Manning taught at Langly Park School for Girls. She has published several books on Beckenham history including Beckenham’s 30 Glorious Years 1935 – 1965 in collaboration with Cliff Watkins, Beckenham The Home Front 1939 – 1945, and her latest publication, this time in partnership with Ian Muir, Lest We Forget, Beckenham & the Great War. Although she has now moved to Plymouth to be near her family she says “her heart is still in Beckenham”.

John Cator

Slides from a talk given to the Association in 2002

The name of Cator is familiar to many in Beckenham, and elsewhere, but the family's history is less well known. In this presentation, which was paralleled by a book of the same name, Pat Manning explains how her interest in the Cators began and what the impact they had on Beckenham, on its roads, its building and St. George's church.

It goes on to look a the family's later life in Norfolk and the interaction between the two locations.

Orp map 1876

Slides from an unpublished talk - 2018

An amended version of a talk planned but not given in 2018.

A short survey of some early railway schemes in the Bromley and Orpington areas. How it was more by chance than design that a railway was even built close to the small village of Orpington which then became the crowded suburb it is today.

Also, a glimpse of its 150th anniversary celebrations held in March 2018 which can be seen on video by clicking here.

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