The History of Bromley in London

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Bromley History

Historic Bromley

Bromley area, property information and history
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Bromley underwent significant expansion after the railways arrived in the area in the mid 19th C. Bromley Palace, also known as Bishop’s Palace, is a beautiful Georgian Palace, with a boat house, rockery and lake. Built in 1775 it was once home to Bromley’s college, now it is a part of the Bromley Civic Centre, a grade I listed building it is located on the High Street.

At Bromley Palace, you’ll find St Blaze’s Well, set in the Bishop’s grounds, it is a natural spring of mineral water. Sadly the once beautiful Crystal Palace in the borough of Bromley burnt down in 1936.

History of Bromley

Called ‘Bromleag’ by the Anglo-Saxons, which translates to ‘the place where the broom grows’, broom being a shrub. Bromley is first on record AD863.  In the 10th C, the Bishops of Rochester chose Bromley as a base for their visits to London.

The towns market was granted royal charter in 1205 by King John, Bromley developed and prospered from here on in. Briefly a spa and health centre, Bromley was a fashionable destination for a period. In 1858 railway came to Bromley and it became a popular place to live once transportation was available. 

Modern Day Bromley

Named by the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, as a new area for opportunity and developed in his London Plan, the future of Bromley will see the creation of thousands of jobs and homes. Currently the £90 million development is underway in Bromley south central; there is a hotel, cinema and two hundred apartments being built. Bromley is now an important shopping and commercial centre of southeast England.