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About Orpington

Orpington's nearest neighbours, in the London Borough of Bromley, are Hayes, Keston, Chelsfield, Petts Wood and St. Mary Cray.

The area has grown in popularity thanks predominantly to its growing range of facilities, especially in Orpington town centre which has recently benefited from significant investment. This, together, with a range of top-rated schools and the convenient rail links to the City make Orpington an attractive option to house-hunters.

Orpington's nearest neighbours, in the London Borough of Bromley, are Hayes, Keston, Chelsfield, Petts Wood and St. Mary Cray.

Estate agent insights into Orpington

One of the last towns before the green belt and the M25, Orpington offers a quick commute of about 30 minutes into London Bridge and the City, and a peaceful alternative for families escaping central London's bustle. Adding to the family appeal are good state schools, including two grammars, plus a regenerated town centre and homes ranging from multimillion-pound houses on private gated estates to affordable two- and three-bedroom terrace houses. Chickens and a famous Liberal by-election victory are Orpington's historic claims to fame.

Transport in Orpington

Orpington is close to the A21, the London to Hastings Road, and the M25. Trains to London Bridge and Cannon Street take about half an hour. Services to Charing Cross, Victoria and Blackfriars take slightly longer.

Out and about in Orpington

Orpington High Street is pretty and lined with trees. Here, Walnuts Shopping Centre has branches of Argos, Peacocks, New Look and Wilco. A new market square off High Street has a Sainsbury's superstore, Odeon cinema and Premier Inn, and will be used to revitalise the market in the autumn with a fresh emphasis on street food. There is a greater choice of stores at the Nugent out-of-town shopping park in Cray Avenue, St. Mary Cray, with branches of Debenhams, M&S, Next, Mothercare, Clarks and Laura Ashley. There are local shops in Petts Wood, and café society has arrived in Locksbottom, with residents in Keston Park and Farnborough Park able to walk to popular Italian restaurant Cyprianis or to modern European fine-dining restaurant Chapter One.

Vegetarians can find menu choices at Pato Lounge, and the many pubs and clubs include The Cricketers, The Harvest Moons and The White Hart. If you like to keep up with the latest comics and graphic novels, then Kent Comics in the High Street is the place for you.

There are a number of leisure or keep-fit related activities available, including at Walnuts and Priory Link Leisure Centres, where swimming, squash, saunas, martial arts and badminton, amongst others, can be enjoyed. Then there is the Orpington Rugby Club and Tennis Clubs and Cray Valley Bowls Club.

The history of Orpington

Stone Age tools and early Bronze Age pottery fragments have been found in the area and, in the 1950s, some parts of an Iron Age farmstead were excavated. The Romans occupied the area, as evidenced by the Crofton Roman Villa and the bath-house at Fordcroft. The first time Orpington is known to be named is in 1038, when land at 'Orpedingetune' was given to the Monastery of Christ Church at Canterbury. In 1086, The Domesday Book lists the population as 75-100 people. In 1573, Queen Elizabeth I attended Orpington Priory, then known as Bart Hart, and her horses were stabled at an inn on what is now Orpington High Street.

At this time, St. Mary Cray was the centre for commerce as it had a regular market, and some industry, whilst Orpington was a small country village surrounded by orchards, farms and hop fields. It is not until the arrival of the railway in 1868 that Orpington starts to gain prominence and, indeed, most of the buildings in the town date from the early 1900s. A new station was opened in 1905 and the growth of the high street and the major housing estates followed.

The rail journey times into London from this area were amongst the quickest to be had at the time, and Orpington soon grew into popular commuter town it remains today.

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