It’s a long time since I’ve been to Bromley and I’ve never seen this mural dedicated to Charles Darwin and his work, but it’s an impressive sight. It’s been placed here as Darwin lived for forty years a few miles away, in the Down House in Downe. Darwin might not have strong links to Bromley itself beyond that, but it’s known that he visited the town many times.
Until 2008, there was a mural dedicated to the life of HG Wells here, with the Darwin one being painted here in 2008 by Bruce Williams. He isn’t entirely forgotten though, and he appears in this mural as well (Wells I mean, not Bruce Williams), on the left hand side. In many ways, it’s a shame that the Wells mural was lost (this wasn’t vandalism, just that the wall needed replastering anyway), as he was born just a few metres away from this location.