05: Parish Church of St Peter and St Paul

DescriptionA stop on the Bromley North Village heritage trail
LocationChurch Road
Built/designed15th century tower. The new church by F. Harold Gibbons, making extensive use of local materials including flints associated with the chalk downlands, was dedicated by the Bishop of Rochester in 1957.
HistoryThe church was almost totally destroyed by bombing on the night of 16 April 1941; only the tower remained. It was one of the first churches to be rebuilt after the war. Princess Elizabeth, now Queen Elizabeth II, laid the foundation stone in 1949. The oldest remains of the earlier church are a Norman front and a 14th century door in the tower. The lych gate dates from 1855 and the obelisk is dedicated to Coles Child, the last individual to own the Bishop's Palace.
Did you know?Adjacent Tetty Way commemorates 'Tetty' Johnson, Dr Johnson's wife, Elizabeth, who was buried in the church in 1752. The gravestone survived the Blitz and now stands broken but still bearing its Latin inscription in the church ambulatory.
Continue walkRetrace your steps back to the High Street.

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