BR6 (Bromley) area guide
The northern boundary of BR6 curves around to follow Crofton Lane, Perry Hall Road and then Court Road. At approximately the junction with Avalon Road and Spur Road, the postcode district juts out to the east to include the more rural areas of Griffs Wood and Crown Wood, before crossing the M25. The southern boundary loosely follows Sevenoaks Road. To the west the postcode district spreads as far as Park Avenue and Sunnydale. The main town of BR6 is Orpington, however, it does also include the areas of Pratts Bottom, Green Street Green and Farnborough.
The BR6 postcode district lies within or includes part of the following towns, counties, localities, electoral wards and stations: Bromley, Bromley Common and Keston, Chelsfield, Chelsfield and Pratts Bottom, Chelsfield Station, Cray Valley East, Cray Valley West, Crockenhill and Well Hill, Darwin, Downe, Farnborough, Farnborough and Crofton, Green Street Green, Halstead, Knockholt and Badgers Mount, Kent, Orpington, Orpington Station, Petts Wood, Petts Wood and Knoll, Pratts Bottom.
As with many London suburbs, Orpington experienced its most significant period of urbanisation in the Victorian era, as a response to the arrival of the railway. Prior to this, Orpington was merely a small hamlet. Residents would go to the nearby town of St Mary Cray (BR5), whose retail and industrial centre was far more developed than the predominantly agricultural village of Orpington.
In 1868, Orpington Railway station was built, and the South Eastern Railway then connected the village with central London and Sevenoaks. By 1904, the station was rebuilt, this time with six platforms. This improved transport link fuelled the development of hundreds of new homes in the decades following the First World War. However, the area suffered from bomb damage during the Second World War due to its proximity to London and Biggin Hill airfield.
The oldest streets in the area are the Victorian terraces and semi-detached homes surrounding the town centre. This is also true for the nearby village of Green Street Green, where a two bedroom conversion flat within a Victorian property will reach an asking price of approximately £170,000. Nearby Court Road and Spur Road were built in the 1920s, by the Fordyve Bros Ltd.
The area is close to Biggin Hill aerodrome, and in commemoration of the pilots stationed there, the streets on Grasmead Housing Estate are named after pilots who fought and died in the Second World War.
The most expensive part of the postcode district is around Farnborough Park, where the substantial detached houses can reach asking prices of around £3 million.
Orpington High Street is a bustling retail centre with both chain stores and independent shops and restaurants.
Orpington’s public transportation system is good, just as any area in London is. Orpington Railway Station serves BR6 and is in travelcard zone 6. If London is your destination, Orpington Railway Station caters to both Charing Cross and Cannon Street stations every 5 to 15 minutes. From Orpington, one can also directly reach London Bridge, Pets Wood, Lewisham, and London Victoria.
Local Schools (Burwood School on Avalon Road) in the area have had complaints for racism and bullying, however have been said to have had a full turnaround. The schools are now increasingly highly rated and are said to provide a high grade education.
Pubs in the area are abundant: Maxwell Hotel, Royal Oak, British Queen, The Broomwood, and The Chelsfield are some of the most popular. Maxwell Hotel is located on Station Approach. The Royal Oak is on Orpington High Street. The British Queen is on the Crofton Road. Broomwood is on Sevenoaks Way. The Chelsfield is on Windsor Drive.
Local shopping can be done at Walnuts Shopping centre.