St Mary Cray Paper Mill1891. The Joynson's Paper Mill was a landmark site and the chimneys could be seen from miles around. The Mill was a high production plant employing many workers from the local area. The Mill is referenced by many local history books.
Residential HousingCharterhouse Road 1933 - Original Copy Held
Residential HousingGoddington Lane 1933 - Original Copy Held
Morphy Richards - Electrical GoodsMorphy Richards produced many household electrical items and was in it's prime in the 1950's and 1960's. Employing 1000s of people from around the area. The Nugent Shopping park occupies the majority of what was a huge manufactory complex.
Sainsbury’s Orpington8th May 1973. The new Sainsbury’s in Orpington was opened by Arthur Russell and Director Timothy Sainsbury (brother of the Chairman at the time J.D Sainsbury).
Orpington Walnuts 1973A picture taken on the opening day of Sainsbury’s. This picture contains one of the original Walnut trees from which the shopping centre and previous 'house' got their names.
J. Sainsbury, Orpington 19781978 - A view of a smart looking Sainsbury’s with all sorts of offers.
J SainsburySainsbury’s came to Orpington in 1973 as part of a joint venture with the LBB to regenerate council owned land on the former Walnuts House estate. The Supermarket, adjacent shops and the Walnuts Leisure Centre were built alongside the Orpington College. The Council were also building the Walnuts Shopping centre and due to some reason or another could not complete it at the same time as the rest of the development and for a while Sainsbury’s, the rest of the shops, the leisure centre and the college did not have a car park!
Cook’s Farm and the Orpington Buff.
Commerce and IndustryBefore the Railway, Orpington and the Cray Towns had to make their own way. The River Cray was the life blood of all the early industries and the Cray Valley the place where modern commerce and industry would settle.