The history of Orpington reaches back to the Stone Age, but it was during the nineteenth century that the suburban town and surrounding areas began to take shape into something we would recognise today. Located on the outskirts of Greater London, road development, the coming of the railways and the Industrial Revolution had a lasting impact. Local authors Phil Waller & Tom Yeeles take readers on a historical tour; with the help of a handy location map, readers are invited along to discover how Orpington's most recognisable locations and hidden-away gems have changed over time.
Phil Waller is a successful local historian and the owner of the website orpington-history.co.uk. He is well known in the area and has an extensive collection of images of in and around Orpington.