introduction to the history of
Bromley Common Schools
Princes Plain Primary School
These pages tell the story of
our school from its founding in the
first year of Queen Victoria’s reign, through to the present
The story is divided between the Victorian and
Post Victorian eras but, for an overview, you can
visit the short history of the
school (or the very short history lower down this page).
The Appendices include material on other
schools in the area (particularly in the Victorian era), copies of the
school rules, memories of the school in the 1920s, material on Victorian
education not specific to our school and other interesting things. The
School Map link takes you to a map of Bromley Common
the locations of the schools featured in this history.
If you want to see a collection
of photographs, maps and drawings of the school (and the local area) without too
much text, you may want to see the history
very short history of our school.
1821 - Bromley Common is enclosed.
1823 - Six parish
cottages are built on the Westerham Turnpike Road.
1837 - Bromley Common Infant School opens in the
1841 - Holy Trinity Church is built.
1847 - A new school is built next to the church.
1871 - The water in the school well is contaminated.
1874 - A new classroom is built at the south end of the school.
A temporary, infant classroom is opened in Pope Road. It closes when
Addison Road School opens in 1883.
1891 - The children no longer have to pay to attend the school.
1900 - ‘The Iron Room’ is added at the north end of the school.
1903 - The school becomes the Bromley Common (Church of England) School
as Bromley Education Committee assumes responsibility for running it.
1928 - The older pupils move out, mostly to the Raglan Road Schools.
1930 - A fire in the school, no casualties.
1833 - Princes Plain School for Girls
1935 - The pupils of Bromley Common
(C of E) School transfer to Princes
Plain Primary School.
1944 - The schools are badly damaged by a V1 flying bomb.
1984 - Princes Plain Primary School moves to its present site after the
secondary girls' school closes.
1992 - A Special
Infant Unit opens for children with severe learning difficulties.
1997 - A nursery class