Heritage - a look at Bromley stores that thrived then disappeared

PUBLISHED: 10:51 12 December 2013 | UPDATED: 10:51 12 December 2013

Market Square, in Bromley, during 1905.

Market Square, in Bromley, during 1905.


As Bromley starts to get busier with Christmas shoppers, Bromley Local Studies and Archives looks back at the shops that graced the High Street in years gone by.

Medhurst’s was a drapery shop, first occupying numbers 49 and 50 in the High Street, which was started in 1879 by Fred Medhurst.

The business was so successful that successive adjoining shops were bought as they became vacant, expanding the business until it took up a large part of the west side of the High Street.

Eventually, Medhurst’s had a large department store built, trading as a family-owned business until the late 1960s. The site is now occupied by Primark.

Another family firm no longer in business was Dunn’s.

Dunn’s was established in about 1735, trading as “furnishers, upholsterers and undertakers”. The business became best known for its furniture design and had a large shop in the Market Square which was destroyed by bombing in 1941.

The business rebuilt the shop which eventually closed in 1980. The site is now occupied by Starbucks.

Bromley High Street and Market Square had many varied businesses, making it a bustling and vibrant shopping centre throughout its history.

Find out more by visiting an exhibition of shop adverts and photographs, mainly from the Victorian and Edwardian age, on display in the Local Studies Library in Central Library, High Street, Bromley, throughout December.

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