As London Borough’s go, Bromley is big. In fact, at almost 59 sq miles it’s the largest Borough in Greater London. 30% of that land remains Farmland – which means Bromley represents a diverse mix of land uses not seen elsewhere in Greater London. It is also home to a population of just over 321,000 people – with a very high proportion of them being owner occupiers of their properties.
Bromley is bordered by the County of Kent to the East and the London Boroughs of Southwark, Lewisham, Greenwich, Lambeth, Bexley, and Croydon. As with most London Borough’s the population has grown considerably since the early 1800’s – when it was just shy of 9,000. A general split of
Bromley is one of only six London Boroughs not to have a Tube Station – although it is served by 6 Tramlink stops and there are plenty of overland
It could be said that Bromley is the home of Evolution – as notable people who lived in the Borough included leviathan of Natural History – Charles Darwin (a man who would undoubtedly have appreciated the flexibility of Self Storage).
Whilst the list of famous residents might not be as long as some other Boroughs, it is pretty distinguished – music superstar David Bowie moved there when he was 6, renowned author H.G. Wells was born in Bromley High Street, whilst Prime Ministers Pitt the Elder and his son (the younger), both hailed from the Borough. Speed demon and holder of Countless World Speed Recrds – Sir Malcom Campbell was born in Chiselhurst in 1885.
The name Bromley, derives from the old English Bromleag – first recorded in 882, when ‘G’ was pronounced ‘Y’. Given the rural nature of the Borough the translation would seem highly appropriate – it’s ‘woodland clearing where Broom grows’.
One of Bromley’s most notable landmarks – The Crystal Palace – was sadly destroyed by fire in 1936. A stunning structure, the parkland site is now one of London’s premier athletics facilities and – from 1927 until the early 1970s – roads around the park were used as a motor-racing circuit. The startling was the location for the infamous mini testing scene in classic 60’s caper – The Italian Job.