Crofton, Kent

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Grid reference: TQ445658
Location: 51°22’20"N, 0°4’26"E
Population: 14,632  (2011)
Post town: Orpington
Postcode: BR5, BR6
Local Government
Council: Bromley

Crofton is village in Kent, which has become effectively a suburb of Orpington. It stands within the metropoian conurbation, to the south of Petts Wood, west of Orpington and Broom Hill, north of Green Street Green and Farnborough, north-east of Locksbottom and east of Bromley Common.


Crofton Roman Villa

A Roman settlement existed here from circa 140 ADs-400: the ruins of a Roman villa form a small museum just next to Orpington train station.[1]

The name 'Crofton' comes from Old English and indicates a 'farm on a rounded hill'.[1] Little is known of its subsequent history, though it remained a rural locality until well into the 19th century.[1] Some small-scale development occurred from 1868 following the opening of Orpington train station, and St Paul's Church, Crofton Road was built in 1887 (later rebuilt in 1958).[1] The inter-war years saw extensive development and the area is now effectively a suburban extension of Orpington.[1]

About the village

The area contains two small shopping parades on Crofton Lane and Kelvin Parade. To the north-west lies Crofton Wood, which is designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest.[1][2]



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Willey, Russ (2006). The London Gazetteer. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd. pp. 125–6. 
  2. SSSI listing and designation for Crofton Woods
  3. "St Paul's Church, Crofton, Kent". London Churches in Photographs (London Church Buildings). 23 February 2017. Retrieved 12 September 2020.