Leaves Green, Bromley
A hamlet surrounded by farms and common land, situated one mile north of Biggin Hill
Leaves Green’s name is a corruption of Leigh’s Green, which derived from a family that owned land here in the mid-15th century.
On Milking Lane, Green Leaves Cottage and Old Farm Cottage are of 17th-century origin. The equally ancient Old Cottage is set well back from Leaves Green Crescent. However, that building has been refronted.
The weatherboarded Kings Arms pub dates from around 1700. The ground floor has extensions and a porch that were added in the 19th century. A Spitfire crash-landed here in 1949 and demolished part of the pub.
A terrace of flint-faced cottages (now called Jasmine Cottage, Ramblers Rest Cottage and Green View) began life as Cudham workhouse, which was erected in 1731 but never much used. Situated on the east side of the green, the cottages are grade II listed.
A cast iron coal post was erected on the green in 1861 to mark the point at which duty had to be paid on coal and wine being brought into the City of London. The post is now a grade II listed structure, as is the K6 telephone box outside the Kings Arms.
Apart from those mentioned above, the most historically significant buildings in Leaves Green are:
- Elm Cottage, Little Stone House and Old House Farmhouse (grade II listed)
- Summer Hill and Farringdon Cottages (shown in the photo above*) and the Crown Inn (locally listed)
Several other attractive old buildings survive in the village centre, but there has been some less appealing post-war development along Leaves Green Road, some of it highly priced. The Greenacres riding school dominates the western side of the village. Biggin Hill airport’s runway protrudes into the farmland to the east.
Parts of Leaves Green Common, the expansive village green, have been allowed to grow more wildly in recent years to let natural flora regenerate.
Postcode area: Keston BR2