Heritage walks in September

Start Date: September 04, 2018

End Date: September 23, 2018

As part of Heritage Week and Open House, Bromley Civic Society have a schedule of walks coming up over the next few weekends. These include popular walks around Bromley College, Bromley North, Bromley Palace and a tour of the Bromley of HG Wells.

All walks are free and booking is not required.

Saturday 8th September: 17th C Bromley and Sheppard's Collages (meet 10:30hrs outside The Railway Tavern opposite Bromley North Station). The 17th century Grade 1 listed, Wren inspired buildings form a quiet oasis in Bromley North. The walk will take us through the two quadrangles of the main College, into the Chapel (1862), around the grounds to see Sheppard's College and some 200 year old graffiti.

Sunday 9th September: Bromley Palace and Park (meet 10:30hrs Stockwell Close). The 18th century Georgian home of the Bishops of Rochester was transformed in 1845 by Victorian entrepreneur Coles-Child. We will see the grand staircase, wood carved panels, an Adams fireplace and more; also historic landscape features in the adjoining park.

Sunday 16th September: Victorian Bromley - Arts and Crafts, HG Wells (meet 10:30hrs main entrance Primark). A walk around the old town of Bromley to get a flavour of its Victorian heyday, when many buildings in the Arts and Crafts style were built and the young Herbert George Wells was experiencing life that would later shape his novels.

Saturday 22nd September and Sunday 23rd September: A walk around HG Well's Bromley (meet 10:30hrs outside Primark). Our story starts where Bertie, as his mother called him, was born in 1866 in room above a shop on the site of what is now Primark. What follows is a tale, told in his own words, of two broken legs, infidelity and sexual awakenings, fights and battles, real and imagined, all set against the background of Victorian Bromley's phenomenal growth in the late 1800's. On our walk we will see the places and buildings that Bertie knew, many of which are still there today - including several in the Arts and Crafts style fashionable at the time.