RepositoryLondon Borough of Bromley Archives
Ref No1115
TitleNorman Papers
DescriptionConsists of papers relating to the estate of George Warde Norman in Bromley, Orpington, Keston, Cudham and Hayes, Kent.
Administrative HistoryGeorge Warde Norman was a prominent figure locally, nationally and internationally. He was born 20 September 1793 at the Rookery, Bromley Common, Kent. He was one of the largest landowners in Bromley and built on land purchased by his father and grandfather. By 1841 he owned 15.5% of the land in Bromley parish. He also bought land outside the parish, in Hayes, Keston, Orpington, Lewisham and Blackfriars. He was educated at Eton and joined his father in the family firm of Timber Merchants , which he took over in 1824; subsequently selling the business in 1830. He married Sibella Stone (1808-1887), the daughter of Henry Stone of Chislehurst in 1830. George Warde Norman died 4 September 1882 and is buried at Holy Trinity, Bromley Common. He had remained actively involved in local affairs until the end of his life. The family remained in the area until the Second World War, when they moved away. The family home, the Rookery was being used as a military headquarters when it burnt down. The family decided not to rebuild the property and sold off the estate
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