Green Street Green

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Green Street Green
Green Street Green Roundabout - geograph.org.uk - 1605918.jpg
Green Street Green is located in Greater London
Green Street Green
Green Street Green
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CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townORPINGTON
Postcode districtBR6
Dialling code01689
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51°21′03″N 0°05′19″E / 51.350933°N 0.088706°E / 51.350933; 0.088706Coordinates: 51°21′03″N 0°05′19″E / 51.350933°N 0.088706°E / 51.350933; 0.088706

Green Street Green is a village in South East London, in the London Borough of Bromley. It is located south of Orpington. It is within the historic boundaries of Kent and has been administered as part of London since 1965.

Sports Teams[edit]

Green Street Green Football Club[edit]

Green Street Green Football Club is an Amateur Football Club that plays its home games at Norman Park, Bromley.

Formed in 2009, Green Street Green Football Club competes in the Metropolitan Sunday Football League Division Three.

Village sign featuring Fox, Oak & The Brewery

Green Street Green Rovers F.C.[edit]

GSGR F.C. are an amateur adult football team, playing in the Sevenoaks and District League on Saturdays. Formed in 2017 the club ethos is to bring the community together and support local charities. Kent affiliated.

Place name[edit]

The name originates from La Grenestrete c.1290, meaning the green or grassy hamlet. It is recorded as Greenstreet Green in 1819, the addition of the suffix Green, referring to a village green. Green Street Green Primary School is located in the area.[1] The village sign was designed by Stan Mortimer, resident for over 50 years. The village did not historically form a parish of its own, instead forming part of the parishes of Farnborough and Chelsfield.[2]

History[edit]

The opening of Oak Brewery by Fox & Sons in 1836 was the first awakening of Green Street Green from a tiny hamlet on the old London to Hastings Road. Village life centred round the brewery until 1909 when it closed down. During the First World War it was used briefly as a barracks. It became the Telcon Plastics factory site before the Second World War. This has now made way for a new housing estate, standing opposite the parade of shops in which Waitrose, arriving in the 1970s, is the main supermarket.

The first modern housing development was at Chelsfield Park in the 1920s. Intensive building, council and private, took place in the 1950s between the village High Street and new Chelsfield. It was during this period that the attractive old people's dwellings were built at Brittenden Close, round three sides of a square lawn with rose gardens and terrace.[3]

A Coal Post at Brittenden Close.

In 1947, the Town & Country Planning Act set the boundary of Green belt (United Kingdom) at the Green Street Green edge of the town of Orpington, by the A20 and A21 roads. From the 1920s till the 1960s Green Street Green was such a popular meeting point for cyclists that several tea rooms opened in the village, attracting trade from the hordes of weekend cyclists who rode into the Kent countryside from London's suburbs. The former Mrs Valentine Moon's teashop is still a landmark on the east side of Sevenoaks Road, standing opposite The Green.

Recreation grounds are at Cudham Lane North and at Glentrammon Road.[4]

On the 22nd November 2018 at approximately 3:30am firefighters were called to a fire at Green Street Green bus garage, the cause of which is yet unknown. The fire destroyed 11 buses however no injuries were reported [5]

Buildings[edit]

The Anglican parish church is St Mary's Green Street Green. It falls under the parish of Green Street Green and Pratt's Bottom in the diocese of Rochester. It was built in the early 20th century and in the first decade of the 21st century underwent some work on both inside and out to make it more accessible. The church plays an important role in the village, with many of the local schools' governors regularly attending it. The church's creative art group recently created a willow structure, placed on the top of the church, in the shape of a man reaching to the heavens, which has been a large attraction to the church. The vicar is Reverend Karl Carpani.

Green Street Green's Baptist church, know to members as "The Green" is a pivotal part of the local community. It holds youth events such as the popular worship event "Encounter" and does work within the community with the young people from St Mary's Church in an initiative called "Liberation".

Notable residents[edit]

Pubs, Restaurants and coffee houses[edit]

Green Street Green has a number of pubs, restaurants and coffee houses. The Bombay (Curry House) is an award winning Indian restaurant. Belmondo, situated in the premises formerly occupied by Spoons, is a coffee house offering coffee and sandwiches.

Transport[edit]

Green Street Green is served by a number of Transport for London bus routes. The nearest rail link to Green Street Green is at Chelsfield station.

Nearby Areas[edit]

Green Street Green borders Orpington to the north and north east, Chelsfield to the east, Pratts Bottom to the south east, Hazelwood to the south, Downe to the south west and Farnborough to the west and north west.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mills, A., Dictionary of London Place Names, (2001)
  2. ^ Bartholomew, J., Gazetteer of the British Isles, (1887)
  3. ^ London Borough of Bromley Official Guide. Published by authority of the Council of the London Borough of Bromley (1971/74)
  4. ^ The Book of Orpington. Dorothy Cox, Barracuda Books (1983). ISBN 978-0860234241
  5. ^ Shopper, News. "Green Street Green bus depot fire: 11 buses alight at Farnborough Hill base". News Shopper. News Shopper. Retrieved 22 November 2018.

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See also[edit]

There is also a hamlet called Green Street Green in the parish of Bean near Dartford.