Scott’s Lodge

Scott’s Lodge, Bromley

A large house and – arguably – the name for its immediate vicinity in the far south-eastern corner of London, one-and-a-half miles south of Cudham

Scott's Lodge Cottages, with area map on mouseover
Scott’s Lodge Cottages*

Known only (as a place name) to the carto­graphers at Philip’s, this is appar­ently the identity of a tiny settlement strad­dling the Bromley/​Sevenoaks (London/​Kent) border, perhaps extending as far north-east as the Tally Ho public house.

Like the pub, the house now called Scott’s Lodge lies outside Greater London in the Kentish parish of Knockholt. Originally called White Lodge, in reference to its finish, this is an undis­tin­guished double-roofed property, much altered around 1900. An unsub­stan­tiated story suggests that it was renamed in honour of a 14th-century prede­cessor on the site, built by Ralph Scot(t). Among the features of the house’s grounds are an outdoor swimming pool, tennis courts, various outbuildings and a paddock with mature trees and shrubs. At the time of writing (March 2018), the Zoopla website values Scott’s Lodge at almost £3 million.

The more modest – and more aesthet­ically pleasing – weather­boarded Scott’s Lodge Cottages stand a short distance south of the main house.

On the London side of the boundary, the closest property to Scott’s Lodge is Rosemary Farm. To its north is Fairmead, a large house with a self-catering cottage in its grounds.

To the south-west there’s a varied cluster of detached resid­ences south of Cudham Frith Farm on Grays Road, graced by one of the Metropolitan Drinking Fountain and Cattle Trough Association’s fine install­a­tions, opposite the junction with Viewlands Avenue.

Realistically, it’s most likely that Scott’s Lodge has never actually existed as a recog­nised settlement but that a carto­grapher’s error resulted in the name of a house being typeset in the style used for local­ities. Nevertheless, this page has been created because Hidden London aims ultimately to include every Greater London locality shown on any map.

Postcode areas: Sevenoaks TN14 and Westerham TN16
See also: Horns Green
* The picture of Scott’s Lodge Cottages on this page is cropped from an original photograph, copyright Ian Capper, at Geograph Britain and Ireland, made available under the Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic Licence. Any subsequent reuse is hereby freely permitted under the terms of that licence.