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Downe is a village in South East London within the London Borough of Bromley. It is located south west of Orpington

The Area

Downe lies on a hill, and much of the centre of the village is unchanged; the former village school now acts as the village hall. The word Downe originates from the Anglosaxon word doon, latterly down, hence the South and North Downs. Downe is a village in South East London within the London Borough of Bromley. It is located south west of Orpington

History

When Charles Darwin moved there in 1842, the village was known as Down. Its name was changed later to Downe.
Charles Darwin lived in Down House for 40 years, from 1842 until he died there in 1882. A favourite place of his was Downe Bank, now a Nature Reserve and Site of Special Scientific Interest.

Down House and the surrounding area has been nominated by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport to become a World Heritage Site. However, this decision has been deferred. Downe is a village in South East London within the London Borough of Bromley. It is located south west of Orpington

Buckston Browne Farm

Downe is the location of Buckston Browne Farm, built in 1931 as a surgical research centre by the Royal College of Surgeons of England (RCS). In the 1980s, the farm caused controversy because of its use of vivisection techniques, and in August 1984 it was raided by Animal Liberation Leagues.

The farm has now been made into four houses. Downe is a village in South East London within the London Borough of Bromley. It is located south west of Orpington

Scouting

There are two scout campsites in the Downe area:

•The Downe Scout Activity Centre consisting of of woodland and open fields is just outside the village.

•The Greenwich (one of the Districts of the Scouting in Greater London#Greater London South Scout County) District campsite is also nearby. Downe is a village in South East London within the London Borough of Bromley. It is located south west of Orpington

Transport

Downe is served by two Transport for London bus services, the 146 connecting the area with Bromley via Hayes and the R8 to Orpington via Green Street Green and to Biggin Hill.The nearest rail link to Downe is Chelsfield station. Downe is a village in South East London within the London Borough of Bromley. It is located south west of Orpington

Notable people

*Charles Darwin, naturalist
*Charles Hayes (mathematician) (1678–1760) mathematician
*Sir John Lubbock, 3rd Baronet, banker, barrister, mathematician and astronomer
*John Lubbock, 1st Baron Avebury, banker, biologist, archaeologist and Liberal Party (UK) politician
*Olive Willis (1877–1964), founder of Downe House School
Herbert Newton Casson, journalist/author (1869-1951), founder of Efficiency Magazine Downe is a village in South East London within the London Borough of Bromley. It is located south west of Orpington

Nearest places

*Cudham
*Farnborough, London
*Keston
*Orpington Downe is a village in South East London within the London Borough of Bromley. It is located south west of Orpington

References

Downe is a village in South East London within the London Borough of Bromley. It is located south west of Orpington

External links

*[http://www.bbc.co.uk/kent/places/villages/audiotours.shtml Audio tour of Downe and Down House]
*[http://www.kentwildlife.org.uk/reserves/shortreserves.htm Downe Bank Nature Reserve]
*[http://www.darwinatdowne.co.uk Darwin at Downe - World Heritage Site nomination]
*[http://www.sdtg.co.uk Homepage of Stage Door Theatre Group, Downe]



Category:Areas of London
Category:Districts of Bromley
Category:Villages in London

de:London Borough of Bromley