Some of my correspondents have been kind enough to send me copies of older photographs and other documents of Orpington and the surrounding area.
Where possible, I’ve taken a more recent photograph of the same scene.
Orpington High Street 1967 [TW]
Orpington High Street 1971 [LF]
Orpington High Street [PC]
Chislehurst Road Junior and Infant Schools 1971 [LF]
The School itself moved to Perry Hall in the mid seventies; the Infant School was demolished, and most of the Junior school has been converted into housing.
These photos were taken in 1971 and 2002.
Charterhouse Road School 1971 [LF]
Station Road [PC]
Station Road Multistorey Car Park [RL]
Other Orpington 1971 [LF]
Eynsford 1959 [TH]
Hewitts Farm 1912 [AB]
Midfield Primary School 1963 [TH]
Horwoods Gravel Pit, Green St Green [RA]
Orpington Bypass Construction, 1926 [RA]
Five Bells, Chelsfield [RS]
For more information about Orpington History, including more archive photos of the area, see orpington-history.org
There are a selection of DVD’s about the local area available. These are produced by Jim Howitt, a well known local historian:
- A Look Back at Orpington
- A Look Back at St Mary Cray
- Petts Wood Past & Present
- Bromley Common & Keston
- The Millenium Dome
- Twelve Ancient Villages around Orpington
They can be obtained from Derek Allen, phone 020 8462 1735. Jim also gives talks to schools and various organisations; contact Derek for more details.
Many thanks to the contributors to this page:
- Allan Brooks
- Tony Holmes
- Roy Allchorne
- Les Forrow
- Ted Wheeler
- Peter Coell
- Richard Sinfield
- Roger Lawson
Unfortunately, these are all the older photos of the area that we have.
Additional photos or information are always gratefully received. Use the Contact Form for further details.