Although laid out relatively recently, College Green was originally part of the lands of Bromley College almshouses and was long used for a nursery. In 1985 Bromley Council demolished the greenhouses here and created this new public open space. The landscape has been improved in collaboration with the Friends of Bromley Town Parks & Gardens, including tree clearing and planting using plants recorded in the C17th, recalling the connections of this area with the Bishops of Rochester.
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Bromley College (q.v.) was owned by the Lord of the Manor, the Bishop of Rochester, the C17th almshouses founded under the will of Dr John Warner, Bishop of Rochester. The land where College Green is now was used as a nursery, which in the mid C18th was reputedly the second oldest nursery in Greater London with 250 years of unbroken use; the seedsman's cottage on College Slip was built around mid C18th. The site has been variously named over the years, reflecting the different nurserymen using it over the years, who included Pococks and Stiddolphs, and more recently Stephens and Cramphorns. It has also been known as Mulberry Field after the old black mulberry that is still here, one of three planted on Bromley College lands, although the date is given variously as late C17th, c.1720 and later.
The land was used as a nursery up until 1985 when Bromley Council demolished the greenhouses and created a new public space, College Green. The landscape has been improved in collaboration with the Friends of Bromley Town Parks & Gardens, including tree clearance to improve views of Bromley College, creation of a wildflower meadow, circular planting bed around the mulberry using plants recorded in the C17th, including 'Bishops Hat', which recalls the connections of this area with the Bishops of Rochester.
Friends of Bromley Town Parks & Gardens information sheet 2007