12 stunning aerial pictures of Bromley borough including Beckenham, Chislehurst, Orpington, Penge and St Paul's Cray in 1920s, 30s and 40s

News Shopper: Church House Gardens and the town centre, Bromley, 1929. Photo from English Heritage Church House Gardens and the town centre, Bromley, 1929. Photo from English Heritage

Check out this selection of 12 stunning vintage aerial photographs showing Bromley, Orpington, Beckenham, Chislehurst, Penge and St Paul’s Cray.

The pictures are from English Heritage’s Britain from Above website which features some of the oldest and most valuable images in the huge Aerofilms Collection.

The collection consists of more than a million items, including negatives and photograph albums dating from 1919 to 2006 showing the changing face of Britain.

Photographs featuring on the website date from 1919 to 1953, and have gone through a painstaking process of conservation and cataloguing.

Highlights include the 1935 FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium, the Thames flood of 1947 and Blackpool in 1920.

There are currently 69,000 high-res zoomable images to explore. By the end of the project later this year, 95,000 images will be available online.

For your delight here, we present this dozen amazing shots from the sky showing various parts of the Bromley borough in the 1920s, 30s and 40s.

Photos are copyright of English Heritage, sourced from www.britainfromabove.org.uk

Town centre, Bromley, 1929:

News Shopper: Town centre, Bromley, 1929. Photo from English Heritage

Orpington station, 1930:

News Shopper: Orpington station, 1930. Photo from English Heritage

The High Street and Church of the Annunciation, Chislehurst, 1929:

News Shopper: The High Street and Church of the Annunciation, Chislehurst, 1929. Photo from English Heritage

The town centre, Orpington, 1930:

News Shopper: The town centre, Orpington, 1930. Photo from English Heritage

Station Road and the War Memorial, Orpington, 1930:

News Shopper: Station Road and the War Memorial, Orpington, 1930. Photo from English Heritage

Crystal Palace Park and Crystal Palace, Penge, 1928:

News Shopper: Crystal Palace Park and Crystal Palace, Penge, 1928. Photo from English Heritage

The Sidcup bypass road (A20) cutting through Beaver's Wood, Chislehurst, 1934:

News Shopper: The Sidcup By Pass Road (A20) cutting through Beaver's Wood, Chislehurst, 1934. Photo from English Heritage

New housing in Clarendon Way, St Paul's Cray, 1948:

News Shopper: New housing in Clarendon Way, St Paul's Cray, 1948. Photo from English Heritage

Bethlem Royal Hospital, Beckenham, 1930:

News Shopper: Bethlem Royal Hospital, Beckenham, 1930. Photo from English Heritage

Sydenham Industrial Estate, New Beckenham, 1949:

News Shopper: Sydenham Industrial Estate, New Beckenham, 1949. Photo from English Heritage

The town, Bromley, from the east, 1929:

News Shopper: The town, Bromley, from the east, 1929. Photo from English Heritage

Get in touch by email if you've got any great old photos of south-east London or north Kent which we might be able to use.

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3:43pm Tue 13 May 14

white rabbit9 says...

I wish i was living in the era now. This is now hell on earth.
I wish i was living in the era now. This is now hell on earth. white rabbit9
  • Score: -7

6:10pm Tue 13 May 14

Gypo.Joe says...

white rabbit9 wrote:
I wish i was living in the era now. This is now hell on earth.
It's just a shame you weren't as Myxomatosis was rampant among the rabbit population.
[quote][p][bold]white rabbit9[/bold] wrote: I wish i was living in the era now. This is now hell on earth.[/p][/quote]It's just a shame you weren't as Myxomatosis was rampant among the rabbit population. Gypo.Joe
  • Score: 6

10:31am Wed 14 May 14

bnorther says...

They may be stunning, but at 458x372px its a bit hard to tell.

When is NS going to have zoom capability on the photos? I mean, most people have full HD (1920x1080px) on their phones now. Its not 1997 internet days now.
They may be stunning, but at 458x372px its a bit hard to tell. When is NS going to have zoom capability on the photos? I mean, most people have full HD (1920x1080px) on their phones now. Its not 1997 internet days now. bnorther
  • Score: 8

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