FARNBOROUGH VILLAGE HISTORY



 
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. For convenience, the geographical scope for this website is taken to be the ancient ecclesiastical parish, which also included Green Street Green and Locksbottom. 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. 

Administratively Farnborough today forms the major part of the
Farnborough and Crofton Ward (Polling District)

About Farnborough

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 erroneously 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 a surprising number of proposals.

The map above 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. 

   
High Elms Mansion  Post Office, Church Road 


About this website

This website was launched at the beginning of 2018, by transferring and developing a number of pages formerly on the Farnborough Parish website
www.farnborough-kent-parish.org.uk

The website has since been much expanded.  It now contains nearly one hundred pages of articles about the history and development of the village (excluding the parish church)  and the immediate surrounding area. 

For convenience, the geographical scope for this website is taken to be the ancient ecclesiastical parish, which also includes both Locksbottom and (until 1933) Green Street Green. 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. 

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 a number of articles from their magazine archive

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


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