Local history

We hold a variety of sources for local historians and people researching the history of a building, road or area.

Visit https://www.ideal-homes.org.uk/bromley.html for introductory notes on the history of Bromley’s town and village histories, maps and images.

Historic collections sources

Most of our historic collections sources are available for immediate access.

  • street directories
  • list of buildings of special architectural or historical interest
  • maps and plans
  • photographs
  • electoral registers

Archive sources

Our archive sources are available to library members and are available to view in the Historic Collections Library in the Central Library, Bromley.

  • building plans and drawings
  • district valuers records
  • electoral registers
  • estate maps and papers
  • surveys of parsonage and glebe land
  • manorial records
  • parish records
  • planning applications and deposited plans
  • plans of public undertakings (canals, railways, roads)
  • poll books
  • probate records
  • licensing records
  • rate books
  • sale catalogues and particulars
  • school records
  • taxation records
  • title deeds

Historic collections

Address: Central library, High Street, Bromley, BR1 1EX

Telephone: 020 3931 0907