Farnborough Parish Website Turnpike Road Farnborough Chapel

Welcome to this new website about the history of Farnborough Village, on the high road from London to Sevenoaks, Tonbridge and Hastings. Farnborough is 14 miles from London, 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.

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 often still regarded as being in Kent. It should be distinguished from the better known Farnborough in Hampshire and from places of the same name in Berkshire and Warwickshire.

This website has a number of articles about the history and development of the village and the immediate surrounding area, which 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.

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 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.

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

Please note that this site is not intended to be a source of information or publicity about current events around the village.

You may wish to also visit the companion website at www.farnborough-kent-parish.org.uk

This site does not set out to give publicity to current businesses, but an exception is made with respect to the two remaining public houses in the village, purely in the interest of historical importance of course...  and they both serve good beer!

The Change of Horses The Woodman


Some of the pages on this website were previously included in, but have now been removed from, the companion St. Giles Church website (see hyperlinks).  All of the content on these pages has been reviewed and updated where appropriate.
But the following pages are either new or have been substantially enhanced with new material and/or photos.

External Links

Vision of Britain - Farnborough
Orpington History
Hidden London - Farnborough
British History Online
Farnborough Hall Listing
The Primrose Centre
High Elms (Wikipedia)
Friends of High Elms
Gypsy Lee funeral 1933
Kent County Council Archive
Bromley Local Studies Library  
Bromley Borough Local History  

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