Book a cheap car rental Orpington deal today. Orpington is a suburban city within the London Borough of Bromley. It is located on the south eastern edge of London’s urban sprawl and is identified in the London Strategy as one of thirty five major centers in Greater London. The town is served by numerous services including London Buses route 51, 61, and 358. The M25 ring-road around London passes Orpington to the South of the town and three A roads pass via the region. Orpington railway station is really a transport hub served by Southeastern trains to Charing Cross, Cannon Street, London Bridge, Victoria and other South East Coast stations.
The Parish Church of All Saints stands upon pre-Norman foundations. Pointed out within the Domesday Book, it’s early English in style but some Saxon influence is visible. It had been endowed by the Archbishop of Canterbury in the 12th century. The tower and steeple had been damaged by a storm in the 18th century. The rebuilt steeple was struck by lightning in 1809 and has never been replaced. The church was significantly enlarged in over fifty years ago. The Priory is really a fine instance of a medieval hall house. The house was acquired by Orpington Urban District Council in 1947, and now it houses a museum and a public library. The garden is an attractive public park and consists of a natural pond which is the source of the River Cray. Every year the Orpington May Queen is crowned in the gardens.
During the 1st World War a big military hospital was constructed south-east of the station funded through the government of Ontario, Canada. It originally accommodated over one thousand patients and an additional wing was added in 1917. More than fifteen thousand wounded soldiers had been treated here. Some who died are buried in Canadian Corner of All Saints’ churchyard. Most of the original pre-fabricated buildings remained in use for more than eighty years before a major renovation occurred at the turn of the century.