Farnborough, London

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Farnborough Village Sign on Farnborough High Street.jpg
Farnborough is located in Greater London
Location within Greater London
Population14,632 (2011 Census. Farnborough and Crofton Ward)[1]
OS grid referenceTQ445645
• Charing Cross13.4 mi (21.6 km) NW
London borough
Ceremonial countyGreater London
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtBR6
Dialling code01689
EU ParliamentGreater London
UK Parliament
London Assembly
List of places
51°21′33″N 0°04′27″E / 51.3591°N 0.0741°E / 51.3591; 0.0741Coordinates: 51°21′33″N 0°04′27″E / 51.3591°N 0.0741°E / 51.3591; 0.0741

Farnborough is an area of South East London within the London Borough of Bromley. It is located south west of Orpington and south east of Bromley. It is also 13.4 miles (21.6 km) southeast of Charing Cross.


The village name derives from Fearnbiorginga, meaning village among the ferns on the hill. Old records date from 862 when Ethelbert, King of Wessex, gave away 950 acres at Farnborough. The village was not included in the Domesday Book survey, but the manor existed in the Middle Ages and was held in the 13th century by Simon de Montfort.[2]

The village evolved on the main road from London to Hastings which originally ran via Church Road and Old Hill (to the south of the village). The George pub existed in the 16th century and was used as a coaching inn. Coaches and horses were accommodated later.[2]

Farnborough formed a civil parish in the Ruxley hundred of Kent. In 1840 the parish was included in the Metropolitan Police District. It was part of the Bromley rural sanitary district and went on to form part of the Bromley Rural District from 1894 to 1934. The parish was abolished in 1934 as part of a county review order, following the Local Government Act 1929, and its area was split between the Municipal Borough of Bromley (3 acres) and Orpington Urban District (1,426 acres). The entire area has formed part of the London Borough of Bromley in Greater London since 1965.[3] The population of the parish was as follows:

Year 1801 1811 1821 1831 1841 1851 1861 1871 1881 1891 1901 1911 1921 1931
Population[4] 314 452 553 638 680 920 955 1,086 1,451 1,627 2,262 3,210 3,322 4,373

2008 aeroplane crash[edit]

On 30 March 2008, at about 14:40, a Cessna Citation 501 aircraft crashed into a house in Romsey Close, Farnborough.[5] Five people, two pilots and three passengers, were aboard the aircraft. There were no survivors in the aircraft, but no casualties on the ground. The aircraft had taken off from Biggin Hill, on the way to Pau in south-west France. The aircraft was attempting to return to Biggin Hill when it crashed, shortly after the pilot had issued a Mayday call.[6][7] Amongst those killed were Eurosport commentator and former Touring Car driver David Leslie and ex-Le Mans driver Richard Lloyd.[8] An investigation was launched by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch, which concluded that the accident had been caused by a missing rivet head, which may have contributed to the shutdown of one of the engines.


Church of St Giles the Abbot, Farnborough

The main feature of Farnborough is Farnborough Village. The Princess Royal University Hospital at Locksbottom, near Farnborough (formerly Farnborough Hospital) has an accident and emergency department and specialised units. Farnborough was one of the main filming locations for Footballers' Wives.[citation needed]

Nearby areas[edit]

Farnborough borders Locksbottom to the north west and north, Orpington to the north east, Green Street Green to the east and south east Hazelwood to the south, Downe to the south west, and Keston to the west.

A view to the south from near St Giles the Abbot church



The nearest National Rail station to Farnborough is Orpington.



  1. ^ "Bromley Ward population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 10 October 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Farnborough Village Society". Farnboroughvillage.info. Archived from the original on 5 July 2007. Retrieved 26 July 2012.
  3. ^ Great Britain Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, Farnborough (historic map). Retrieved 2008-03-31.[dead link]
  4. ^ Great Britain Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, Farnborough population. Retrieved 2008-03-31.
  5. ^ Mostrous, Alexi; Yeoman, Fran (31 March 2008). "Five die as jet crashes into Farnborough homes". London: The Times. Retrieved 30 March 2008.
  6. ^ "Two Victims Of Private Jet Crash Named". Sky News. 30 March 2008. Archived from the original on 16 May 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-30.
  7. ^ "Private plane crashes into homes". BBC News. 30 March 2008. Retrieved 30 March 2008.
  8. ^ "David Leslie and Richard Lloyd killed in plane accident". Planet Le Mans. 30 March 2008. Retrieved 31 March 2008.

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