Tuesday 19th June – 24th meeting of 2018
Today we went back to our roots of a walking group! But with a little difference of staying local in Bromley but still keeping within Greater London.
A meeting of seven of us, two lucky ladies still on holiday, in The Greyhound for just a tea or coffee to start the morning. After a little chat we went on our way.
One of our ladies had a leaflet for a walk around Bromley North Heritage Trail giving a set route and marking off things of interest. A walk of about a mile or so. The leaflet is produced by London Borough of Bromley. It has 25 points of interest and winds its way through the northern end of Bromley Town.
We started at point 10 The Star & Garter pub just along from The Greyhound. The pub sign has become a local landmark and is well painted and preserved. Next The Swan and Mitre which is an old coaching inn with part of the original stables which date back to the 18th century. Onto Bromley College and College Slip which is a passageway which follows the old college wall. The walk here was so nice with the sun shining and the greenery it was lovely. The college was built between 1670 and 1672 and now accommodates retired clergymen and their wives as well as widows.
On the way to The Railway Public House which was built in 1879, we passed K2 Telephone Kiosk which dates to 1927 and designed by Giles Gilbert Scott. It looked rather sad with graffiti and broken windows but surprisingly we tried it and it worked! Opposite The Railway is Bromley North railway station which was rebuilt in 1925. With the introduction of the railway Bromley with Bromley North and Bromley South being built Bromley went from a market town to become an outer London Borough.
Following on we passed The Old Drill Hall in East Street, the former Post Office, No. 8 South Street where Mrs Knotts dame school was attended by a young H.G. Wells, the Fire Station which is still in use and the former Town Hall which is a fine building but unfortunately at the moment is empty!
We then back-tracked onto St Peter and St Paul church, The Partridge pub, The Royal Bell pub, which is mentioned in Jane Austen’s ‘Pride and Prejudice’, and we all agreed Bromley has it’s fair share of pubs! Then onto Market Square. Here we saw the Town Pump which stands in front of the Charles Darwin mural and where we could see opposite the blue plaque commemorating the birth of H.G. Wells.
We completed the walk, not in the order suggested but in a way the really enjoyed and would recommend. It really gave a lot of the history of our own local area Bromley which many of us had no idea of.
A very pleasant morning in the sunshine.