12 Facts About Orpington


Orpington is a town and area in south east London, England, within the London Borough of Bromley.

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Stone Age tools have been found in several areas of Orpington, including Goddington Park, Priory Gardens, the Ramsden estate, and Poverest.

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In contrast, Orpington was a small country village surrounded by soft fruit farms, hop fields and orchards.

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In 1967, Eric Lubbock, then Liberal MP for Orpington, promoted a Private Member's Bill to provide permanent Romani sites; this resulted in the Caravan Sites Act 1968 that placed an obligation upon local authorities to provide sites for locally residing travellers.

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Orpington has been part of the London Borough of Bromley since 1 April 1965.

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Orpington was without a cinema since 1982, when the old Commodore cinema closed.

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Education in Orpington is managed by the London Borough of Bromley which is the local education authority.

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Orpington campus of Bromley College, Bromley is a further education college, affiliated with the University of Greenwich and Canterbury Christ Church University.

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Orpington railway station is a transport hub served by Southeastern with trains to the Central London stations of Charing Cross and Cannon Street via Grove Park, as well as Victoria via Bromley South and Herne Hill.

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Orpington is served by many Transport for London bus services as well as an Arriva Kent Thameside service and a Go Coach Buses service.

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Today Orpington Hospital provides rehabilitation and therapy services, outpatient and diagnostic services, but it no longer has an Accident and Emergency Unit.

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Orpington War Memorial standing at the end of the High Street is a focal point for Remembrance Sunday.

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