London Borough of Bromley
Greater London England
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Orpington is a suburban town and electoral ward in the London Borough of Bromley. It forms the southeastern edge of London's urban sprawl. The area was occupied in Roman times, as shown by Crofton Roman Villa, and the Roman bath-house at Fordcroft.The first record of the name Orpington occurs in 1032, when King Cnut's (Canute) treasurer Eadsy gave land at "Orpedingetune" to the Monastery of Christ Church at Canterbury. The Parish Church, "All Saints", stands upon pre-Norman foundations. Mentioned in the Domesday Book, it is Early English in style, but some Saxon work is visible. It was endowed by the Archbishop of Canterbury in 1173. The tower and steeple were damaged by a storm in 1771. The rebuilt steeple was struck by lightning in 1809, and it was not replaced. The churchyard stands in Ramsden Road, Orpington, Kent off the A224, but the church itself is in Bark Hart Road. The churchyard contains 23 wargraves, two of which are Canadian. Also buried here is Ivy Millichamp who was the last civilian in Britain to be killed by enemy action in WWII.