In Bromley Palace Park (aka Civic Centre Grounds) you can find a number of Grade 2 listed features; Ice House, Cascade & Fernery, mock Medieval Folly plus a Ha-Ha! The latter originally consisted of a wall & ditch to keep livestock in the adjacent fields, out of the parkland around the Bishop’s Palace.
The fields and associated animals have long since gone, and have now become the many houses and gardens on the ‘Palace Estate’. However the wall of the Ha Ha! still remains. Recently the undergrowth has been cleared away and the brickwork exposed again as seen below.
This and the other listed features are on the Heritage England list of at risk buildings etc. They are working with Bromley Council, the site owners, in order to restore and protect them for future generations.
On 16 October, despite continuing doubts as to the de-registering of the land as Urban Open Space, the council’s Executive Committee ‘rubber-stamped’ the sale of the land currently occupied by former Joesph Lancaster and Ann Springman buildings. In less than five minutes, and without any public discussion, the decision was confirmed. Later discussions were held in secret session. We now await details fo how this site is going to be developed by the new owner and any implications on continuing access to the adjacent park from Rafford Way.Pa
A Public Notice was recently published in the News Shopper in which Bromley council has announced its proposed sale of part of the grounds of the Bromley Palace Park (aka Civic Centre) for development. This despite there being no planning application, or indeed any details of what would be built, so we the public are therefore a unable to judge whether this sale is justifiable. This ‘back door’ sale is very similar to the earlier attempt to sell off park of Library Gardens for the Churchill Quarter development. In this latter case campaigning pressure made the council withdraw their public notice of sale – at least for now. It seems that the council have not learnt!
So our Friends group have sent in a letter of objection, copied to the Bromley Town ward councillors. The palace site contains several Grade 2 listed features and indeed one of them, a Folly, is within the land to be sold off to private developers! This area is a highly valued public green space of great importance to both our group and the wider Bromley public. How the council deal with it should properly reflect this. We hope that members of the public will support us in this.
The Grade 2 listed Ice House in Bromley Palace Park (aka Civic Centre) has had to be partly fenced off to combat repeated damage by vandals. As heritage fencing could not be found it was necessary to use a modern design instead. The sympathetic repair of the roof and buttresses remains to be carried out. Heritage England have identified this and some other listed garden features as at risk.
During a recent walk by our group we came across these unusual objects adjacent to the Grade 2 listed Pulhamite garden feature in Bromley Palace Park (aka Civic Centre Grounds). This included a ‘St.Brigid’s Cross’ celebration of spring. Let us hope that the weather proves otherwise!