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Is Bromley part of Kent?

It might have split from Kent's control more than five decades ago, but Bromley is still causing controversy.

The big question is where does Kent end, and London actually begin?

Is Bromley genuinely one of the London boroughs - or should it be classified as Kent because of its postcode?

Once an ancient parish in the county of Kent, Bromley was traditionally a market town, chartered in 1158.

It has formed part of Greater London since 1965, gradually making the shift from quiet village to busy district.

This is mainly thanks to rail services, as areas were developed to accommodate those who wanted to live so close to the capital.

Despite now forming one of the 32 London boroughs - established by the London Government Act of 1963 - there is still some confusion surrounding Bromley's place in the world.

Bromley South train station. Picture: Google Street View
Bromley South train station. Picture: Google Street View

Residents have a BR rather than SE postcode - apart from a few select areas like Crystal Palace and Penge.

Yet they are served by the Metropolitan Police, alongside London's fire and ambulance services and TFL.

Those on the electoral roll can vote for London's mayor - but people with a BR postcode still have Kent in their address.

It doesn't look like the long-standing debate is going to be solved any time soon.

Many members of the older generation remain adamant that Bromley is a part of Kent, while younger people have never know it as anything other than a London borough.

Do you think Kent should re-claim the area? Send us your views at news@thekmgroup.co.uk, or tweet @Kent_Online

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