Bromley Common and its Schools

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Local History
School history
History pictures

Bromley Common
the history of a suburban village, including -

the common:- The area was mostly common land until it was enclosed in 1821.

the Parish Cottages:- They housed the Bromley Common Infant School for a while but they were originally built in 1823 for poor people to rent. 

robbery on the common:- John Evelyn, the diarist, was robbed as he crossed the common in 1652: - a full report by the man himself.

another robbery on the common:- A report from The Times. In 1798, a reward of 200 was offered for information leading to the apprehension and conviction of a highwayman who robbed the post-boy as he crossed the Common.

Mrs Norman was robbed as she returned to her home by Bromley Common 200 years ago.

Holy Trinity Church:- A short history.

the squire:- The Norman family were the biggest land-owners in the area but they also had connections with the City and the Bank of England.

the roads:- How some of the roads in the Bromley Common area got their names. 

the census:- Entries from the 1851 census for the squire, the vicar and the school master.

a map of Bromley Common c1821 with links to some other maps.

The Common Robbery Robbery 2 Robbery 3 Roads Parish Cottages Norman family Holy Tinity 1851 Census