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.