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Orpington is located to the south east of London, on the edge of the conurbation and adjacent to Bromley. The M25 Motorway is not far away giving easy access to the rest of the South Eastern part of England.

The first recorded mention of the area was in 1032. The name derives from Orped's farm, becoming Orpington with usage and adaptation over the years. The town stands at the head of the valley of the River Cray that eventually drains into the River Thames near Dartford.

Orpington is essentially a town of the twentieth century, when most of the development took place. The railway arrived as early as 1868 leading to the replacement of many buildings on the High Street with Nineteenth Century developments.

Development continued with the creation of the New Town that was built as a self-contained suburb between the Priory and St Mary Cray.

The visitor with a hire car can easily reach the coast to the north or the south of the county of Kent, or even the Channel Ports for a day trip to France perhaps through the Channel Tunnel.

Nearby London Biggin Hill Airport is fast developing as a base for corporate aviation with the combination of its excellent facilities for aircraft up to the size of a 737 and its location only twelve miles from the City of London.

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