Farnborough Green Street Green Locksbottom

Welcome to this website about the history of Farnborough Village, on the high road from London to Sevenoaks, Tonbridge and Hastings. The geographical scope of the website is taken to be the ancient parish of Farnborough, which included Green Street Green and Locksbottom in addition to the immediate village area. See panel to the right.

Farnborough is 13.4 miles from London (Charing Cross), about 10 from Sevenoaks, and 350 feet above sea level. Evidence dating from when it was a significant point on the turnpike road can still be seen today. The population of the Farnborough and Crofton ward according to the 2011 census was 14,632. 

Farnborough is less than 2 miles from Orpington, and today comes within the London Borough of Bromley, as it has since the creation of Greater London in 1965. But it is sometimes still regarded as being in Kent. It should be distinguished from the larger and  better known Farnborough in Hampshire and from places of the same name in Berkshire and Warwickshire.

Despite its proximity to London, Farnborough retains a shape and character that would be recognisable to a visitor from many centuries past.  One reason for this is that the railway never came to Farnborough, although there were many proposals.

This website contains nearly one hundred pages of articles about the history and development of the village and the immediate surrounding area.  For historical information about St. Giles Church and churchyard you may also wish to visit the companion website at www.farnborough-kent-parish.org.uk

My thanks are due to a select band of current and former residents of Farnborough Village who have written pieces for the website, also to the Bromley Borough Local History Society for generously giving permission for the inclusion of some articles from their archive

This selection of photographs were all taken in past decades. Some show buildings or locations that have now either gone or changed significantly.  Other show scenes that are little changed up to one hundred years since taken. 

Click on photos to enlarge and on the hyperlinks for pages on the website with more details.

The George and Dragon High Street / Church Road

Farnborough High Street The New Inn (Change of Horses)

The Woodman Village Character / Coach and Horses

The Plumbridges Farnborough Bypass

The Old Post Office Church Road / Lych Gate

Lubbock Cross in its original location High Elms Mansion

Oak Brewery Ye Olde Whyte Lion, Locksbottom

Farnborough Workhouse Farnborough Hospital

The editor would welcome feedback, and submission of new material about relevant subject areas. This can be sent to Nick Reynolds at nickr306@talk21.com


The following pages are either new or have been substantially revised with new material and/or photos.

About Farnborough

For convenience, the geographical scope for this website is taken to be the ancient ecclesiastical parish. This is indeed apt, as up until the later decades of the nineteenth century the church was the main instrument of local government and governance. 

This map shows the current boundaries for the parish of Farnborough, which includes Locksbottom and parts of Orpington in addition to the immediate village area.  Before 1938 it also included Green Street Green, as this is when the new parish of Green Street Green and Pratts Bottom was created, by taking areas from both Farnborough and Chelsfield Parishes.

After the second world war the land between Farnborough and Orpington experienced substantial housing development, such that today it is difficult to see where Farnborough ends and Orpington begins.  By contrast the establishment of the green belt has prevented expansion of the village to the south.  Today therefore Farnborough lies on the very edge of the Greater London built up area, and it is possible to walk directly into open fields. 

External Links

Farnborough Parish Website
Vision of Britain - Farnborough
Hidden London - Farnborough
British History Online
Farnborough Hall Listing
Bomb Sight Farnborough
High Elms (Wikipedia)
Friends of High Elms
The Primrose Centre
Gypsy Lee funeral 1933 (Video)
St. Mary Cray Village History
Kent County Council Archive
Kent map 1785
Kent map 1801
Bromley Local Studies Library
Bromley Borough Local History
The Change of Horses
The Woodman

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