Before the advent of the railway in the 1850s, it was a traditional market town.
St. Peter and St. Paul Church suffered considerable bomb damage in 1941, but has been restored. The 14th century tower, however, escaped damage.
The almshouses known as Bromley College were founded by John Warner in 1666.
The red brick Town Hall was begun in the Edwardian period and extended in the 1930s.
Among those born in Bromley are Norman Cook ("Fatboy Slim"), singer; Susan Dallion ("Siouxsie Sioux"), singer: David Jenkins,Bishop of Durham; Antoinette Sibley, ballerina; Derek Underwood, England cricketer; and H. G. Wells, author.
Blue Badge Guide Colin Crosby is available to lead Guided Walks around Bromley for groups.