Bromley was first recorded in 862. At this time, it was known as Bromleag, which means ‘woodland clearing where broom grows’. In 862, the King of Kent granted land to form the Manor of Bromley. This grant of land lasted right up until 1845 when Coles Child purchased Bromley Palace and became lord of the manor.
Bromley, for much of its life, was an important coaching stop. This may make Bromley sound a bit like a service station nowadays, but a coaching stop was vital in those days. Bromley was a place where people could relax on a journey from London to Hastings. They could eat, sleep, perhaps play an arcade game (perhaps not). The Royal Bell Hotel (just off Market Square) is even mentioned in Pride and Prejudice. This just shows how important places like Bromley were!
Bromley, like so many other places in London, was a quiet village until the railway came to town. In 1858, the railway landed in Bromley, and this meant that more and more Londoners moved out of the bustle and into the once quiet little village of Bromley. So while Bromley is no longer an important coaching stop, you are still able to eat, relax and enjoy an arcade game in The Glades!