Bromley High Street (1903)

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Photo taken in an easterly direction · Bromley · BR1 ·
JUNE
9
2014
The north side of Market Square was full of character in Edwardian times.

Bromley's Market Square is the centre of the town which, until the coming of the railway in 1858 still comprised of only a single street. The Market Charter was granted to Bishop Gandalf by King John in 1205.

The building on the left of this 1903 photo features Skilton's the Butcher. It occupies the site of the Old Bull Inn which was, in the 19th century divided in two between Skilton's the Butcher and Issards Stores. By 1957, it was the site of Caters, one of the first supermarkets in the country.

Directly behind this viewpoint - not in the photo - is Victoria Chambers, a fine building from the 1890s in the Arts & Crafts style with its characteristic Dutch influence. It is built on the site the birthplace of the writer HG Wells, commemorated by the blue plaque.




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Added: 4 May 2021 19:45 GMT   

V1 Attack
The site of a V1 incident in 1944

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Lived here
Katharina Logan   
Added: 9 Aug 2022 19:01 GMT   

Ely place existed in name in 1857
On 7th July 1857 John James Chase and Mary Ann Weekes were married at St John the Baptist Hoxton, he of full age and she a minor. Both parties list their place of residence as Ely Place, yet according to other information, this street was not named until 1861. He was a bricklayer, she had no occupation listed, but both were literate and able to sign their names on their marriage certificate.

Source: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSF7-Q9Y7?cc=3734475

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Reginald John Gregory   
Added: 8 Aug 2022 14:07 GMT   

Worked in the vicinity of my ancestor’s house,
Between the years 1982-1998 (unknown to me at the time) I worked in an office close to the site of my ancestors cottage. I discovered this when researching family history - the cottage was mentioned in the 1871 census for Colindeep Lane/Ancient Street coming up from the Hyde. The family lived in the ares betwen 1805 and 1912.

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Barry J. Page   
Added: 27 Jul 2022 19:41 GMT   

Highbury Corner V1 Explosion
Grandma described the V1 explosion at Highbury Corner on many occasions. She was working in the scullery when the flying bomb landed. The blast shattered all the windows in the block of flats and blew off the bolt on her front door. As she looked out the front room window, people in various states of injury and shock were making their way along Highbury Station Road. One man in particular, who was bleeding profusely from glass shard wounds to his neck, insisted in getting home to see if his family was all right. Others were less fortunate. Len, the local newsagent, comforted a man, who had lost both legs caused by the blast, until the victim succumbed to his injuries. The entire area was ravaged and following are statistics. The flying bomb landed during lunch hour (12:46 p.m.) on June 27th 1944. 26 people lost their lives, 84 were seriously injured and 71 slightly injured.

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ANON   
Added: 20 Jul 2022 13:36 GMT   

The Square & Ashmore park
The Square and Ashmore park was the place to be 2000-2005. Those were the greatest times on the estate. everyday people were playing out. the park was full of kids just being kids and having fun, now everyone is grown up and only bump into eachother when heading to the shops or work. I miss the good days( Im 25yrs old as im writing this)

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Spotted here
   
Added: 18 Jul 2022 13:56 GMT   

Map of Thornsett Road Esrlsfield


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Born here
Carolyn Hirst   
Added: 16 Jul 2022 15:21 GMT   

Henry James Hirst
My second great grandfather Henry James Hirst was born at 18 New Road on 11 February 1861. He was the eighth of the eleven children of Rowland and Isabella Hirst. I think that this part of New Road was also known at the time as Gloucester Terrace.

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Richard   
Added: 12 Jul 2022 21:36 GMT   

Elgin Crescent, W11
Richard Laitner (1955-1983), a barrister training to be a doctor at UCL, lived here in 1983. He was murdered aged 28 with both his parents after attending his sister’s wedding in Sheffield in 1983. The Richard Laitner Memorial Fund maintains bursaries in his memory at UCL Medical School

Source: Ancestry Library Edition

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Anthony Mckay   
Added: 11 Jul 2022 00:12 GMT   

Bankfield Cottages, Ass House Lane, Harrow Weald
Bankfield Cottages (now demolished) at the end of Ass House Lane, appear twice in ’The Cheaters’ televison series (made 1960) in the episodes ’The Fine Print’ and ’Tine to Kill’

Source: THE CHEATERS: Episode Index

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Beckenham Lane, BR2 Beckenham Lane leads west out of central Bromley
Beckenham Lane, BR2 Beckenham Lane is a road in the BR1 postcode area
Blyth Road, BR1 Blyth Road is a road in the BR1 postcode area
Bracken Hill Lane, BR1 Bracken Hill Lane is a road in the BR1 postcode area
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Harmony Way, BR2 Harmony Way is a road in the BR1 postcode area
Harwood Avenue, BR1 Harwood Avenue is a road in the BR1 postcode area
High Street, BR1 Bromley High Street is the main thoroughfare of the area.
Hill House Mews, BR2 Hill House Mews is a road in the BR2 postcode area
Kentish Way, BR1 Kentish Way is a road in the BR1 postcode area
Kentish Way, BR1 Kentish Way is a road in the BR2 postcode area
Lownds Court, BR1 Lownds Court is a road in the BR1 postcode area
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Mill Vale, BR2 Mill Vale is a short road running south from Glassmill Lane.
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North Street, BR1 North Street is a road in the BR1 postcode area
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The Compass The Compass is a pub on Widmore Road, Bromley.
The Greyhound This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
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Bromley College from the air (2021)
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Bromley High Street, looking towards Bromley South
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The market square of Bromley dates from medieval times, when it was granted a market charter in 1205. Bromley’s first charter was granted by King Ethelbert of Kent, in 862, when it was known as ’Bromleag’.
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