Our History

We are celebrating our 16th year in our premises in Cherry Orchard Road, (just off the main A21 Hastings Road), a small road with a lot of history.

A SUMMARY OF OUR HISTORY AND CHERRY ORCHARD ROAD

Our Accountancy Practice commenced in the early 1990s and we moved to Cherry Orchard Road in 1998. In 2004/5 we doubled the size of our building to accommodate our growth and to provide an air-conditioned meeting/training room.

We play an active part in the running of Cherry Orchard Road, which is an unadopted road and we are founder members of the local Residents Association: Cherry Orchard Road Residents Ltd. Since its formation we have had  the road tarmacked, had a Street Party to mark the Jubilee, had a quiz night and race night and generally improved the street furniture.

The road has been here since the early 1800's. The local Baptist Church was built here. And there was a post office, a baker's, and a shop selling radios. Richmal Crompton, creator of Just William also lived in the road, at No. 9, for many years. She was a teacher at Bromley High School for Girls but gave this up when she contracted polio and switched to full-time writing. Her connection with the area is marked by a Wetherspoons Pub in the heart of Bromley, The Richmal Crompton, and a country park quite near Cherry Orchard Road: Richmal Crompton Fields. You can find out more about Richmal Crompton and Just William on these websites:

www.justwilliamsociety.co.uk and www.justwilliam.co.uk.

Our office, No. 26, was once the local Blacksmith's and you can see what it looked like in the photo showing the (now disappeared) pond and the Blacksmith himself standing outside. Next door to us is a Majestic Wine Warehouse, which was converted from a pub, The Plough. In another photo you can see 'day trippers' enjoying their beano stop outside The Plough (with a policeman keeping a friendly eye on the proceedings).

In the late 1950s, John Humphries, a bookmaker opened a credit betting shop on the site of our building at No. 26, naming it Johnny of Bromley. It remained the local bookies until the late 1990s when we moved in. You are always assured of a warm and interesting welcome when you come to Accountancy Aid in Cherry Orchard Road!