253 High Street, Orpington, Bromley, 1966




Unlike most neighbouring High Streets, Orpington's did not become entirely retail before the second world war. It retained an interesting mix of shops and older buildings, put to a variety of uses.

Here is one of the last survivals about to be demolished to make way for a Tesco store.

Built in the late 19th century on land attached to The Firs, a large old house, this cottage remained in residential use until the 1930s when it became a nursery office.

See historic maps of Orpington