C. George & SonsTripes Farm - Chelsfield Lane, Orpington, Kent, BR6 7RS01689 876602
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Copyright C. George and Sons 2007-17
A 'Tripes Farm' delivery van 1920sTripes Farm once formed part of the Manor of Mayfield which in 1080 belonged to Bishop Odo - half brother to William the Conqueror - who was Archbishop of Canterbury, Earl of Kent, Bishop of Bayeaux and the instigator of the Bayeux Tapestry. A very consequential person indeed and any property belonging to him would have its own importance! There are reminders of this significant time in Orpington history i.e. Mayfield Nursery, Mayfield Avenue Mayfield Manor (demolished in the early 1930's) and Norman Close.Map from 1769 showing Tripes FarmThe earliest remaining buildings on Tripes Farm date from 1540 (Tudor). It is the only remaining farm in the Parish of Orpington.Tripes Farm was a very large working livestock farm in the early part of this century and it represented a very important part of local and regional history. It has been worked by the George family since 1911 and once boasted the largest outdoor pig production enterprise in the UK. It provided fresh pork and amongst the farm's most famous products were 'George's Famous Farm Pork Sausages'. Packet used to package the famous 'George's Sausages'!A wrapper that would have been used to hold the sausages together!It's neighbour, Cook's Farm, was an award winning poultry farm which had the largest production of chickens in the UK (where the Buff Orpington originated). Cooke's Farm and Tripes Farm had a very healthy economy and were suitably placed as Orpington, at the beginning of the Century, was very accessible to London. London was not only the Capital but also the heart of the British Empire. Map from 1908 showing Tripes FarmTripes Farm is surrounded to the north and west by the ever increasing town of Orpington. The Farm is well known today for its Commercial Centre and its very popular car boot sales held fourteen times each year. It is still a big part of the community and retains the 'country feeling' as it is part of the Bromley Borough Council's "Green Belt". Hopefully, Tripes Farm will continue to prosper and remain with the George family for years to come........For further information on Orpington and it’s history please click here or on the image below.