High Street, Bromley
|OS grid reference|
|• Charing Cross||9.3 mi (15.0 km) NW|
|Ceremonial county||Greater London|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Postcode district||BR1, BR2|
A market town, chartered in 1158, its location on a coaching route and the opening of a railway station in 1858 were key to its development and the shift from an agrarian village to commerce and retail. As part of the suburban growth of London in the 20th century, Bromley significantly increased in population and was incorporated as a municipal borough in 1903 and became part of the London Borough of Bromley, in 1965. Bromley today forms a major retail and commercial centre. It is identified in the London Plan as one of the 13 metropolitan centres of Greater London.