Victorian London - Directories - Dickens's Dictionary of London, by Charles Dickens, Jr., 1879 - "Bromley"

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Bromley.—A suburban village with pretty neighbourhood around; gravelly soil; rents about average. At the station end of the town is the old palace of the bishops of Rochester; at the other the low red brick buildings of Bromley College for clergymen’s widows and unmarried daughters. Bickley, Bromley Common, Southborough, and Shortlands are all outlying offshoots of Brom!ey; the first and last having stations of their own, the former about three minutes farther, the other about the same distance nearer town. From Charing-cross (S.E., 45 min.), Victoria (38 min.), Holborn-viaduct (42 min.), 1st, 1/9, 2/3; 2nd, 1/4, 1/9; 3rd, -/10, 1/5. And from Cannon-street and London-bridge. 

Charles Dickens (Jr.), Dickens's Dictionary of London, 1879