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]
This school moved to Perry Hall School in 1987. The Infant School was then 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.