Bromley Historic Collections

Bromley Historic Collections Bromley Local Studies Library and Archives collects, preserves and makes available current and historic materials on the area of the London Borough of Brom

Local studies library and archives Bromley Historic Collections collects, preserves and makes available current and historic materials on the area of the London Borough of Bromley. The collections and records form a unique resource for information about the people, places and events that make up Bromley's history. Bromley Historic Collections is open to anyone, anywhere in the world, who wants to find out about local and family history, related to the Bromley area, and they are welcome to visit or contact us.

To the memory of Ernest Thomas Lloyd Breach Royal Marine Commando who gave his life during on Gold Beach during D-Day op...
06/06/2019

To the memory of Ernest Thomas Lloyd Breach Royal Marine Commando who gave his life during on Gold Beach during D-Day operations.

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To the memory of Alan Roger Allsopp - a teacher at Bromley County School for boys who died in the run up to D-Day servin...
06/06/2019

To the memory of Alan Roger Allsopp - a teacher at Bromley County School for boys who died in the run up to D-Day serving with the Royal Artillery

"HE LIVED AND DIED FOR HIGH IDEALS OF DUTY TO HIS FELLOW MEN"

Bromley Local Studies remembers the local boys who died while serving during D-Day operations.Sub-Lieutenant DONALD CHAR...
06/06/2019

Bromley Local Studies remembers the local boys who died while serving during D-Day operations.
Sub-Lieutenant DONALD CHARLES WILLIAM MACINNES
who died aboard HMS Swift - 24th June 1944

A VERY PERFECT GENTLE KNIGHT

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Bromley Local Studies D-Day commemorations - A message from the front - Farnborough lad Percy Surridge of the Merchant N...
05/06/2019

Bromley Local Studies D-Day commemorations - A message from the front - Farnborough lad Percy Surridge of the Merchant Navy brought cheer to those at home after it was published in the Kentish times on 14th July 1944.

Harold Barker named in the article survived the war.

World Bicycle Day -Bromley and Beckenham both had cycle clubs - Bromley was formed in 1877 and Beckenham around abt. 189...
03/06/2019

World Bicycle Day -
Bromley and Beckenham both had cycle clubs - Bromley was formed in 1877 and Beckenham around abt. 1897

Both used their clubs to raise money for charity .

World Bicycle Day - Cycles were not only ridden in Bromley but also made  - the example below is from the 1897 street Di...
03/06/2019

World Bicycle Day -
Cycles were not only ridden in Bromley but also made - the example below is from the 1897 street Directory for Thomas Cowell's cycles

Bromley Local Studies celebrates World Bicycle Day - Local boys John Davis Boxall of Bromley common & Albert Andrews of ...
03/06/2019

Bromley Local Studies celebrates World Bicycle Day -
Local boys John Davis Boxall of Bromley common & Albert Andrews of Penge who gave their lives in WW1 both having served in the Huntingdon Cyclist Battalion
http://ow.ly/o3VR50uvfY7

Bromley local studies collection has a an original New Ideal Homesteads Sales catalogue for Southborough Park estate c. ...
03/06/2019

Bromley local studies collection has a an original New Ideal Homesteads Sales catalogue for Southborough Park estate c. 1933. Its bright cover is in the Art Deco style
New Ideal Homesteads was formed in 1929 & became the country's largest private housebuilder in the 1930s

Included in the Bromley Local Studies collection is the 21st annual report of the Old Beckenham Mission which was establ...
01/06/2019

Included in the Bromley Local Studies collection is the 21st annual report of the Old Beckenham Mission which was established about 1878 in Chancery Lane, but moved to a larger building in Bromley road, erected expressly for the combined purposes of Mission and a Coffee House.

The Bromley Local Studies Collection includes the First Annual Report of the Cray Library & Literary Institute published...
31/05/2019

The Bromley Local Studies Collection includes the First Annual Report of the Cray Library & Literary Institute published in 1848. It includes the Rule of the library & the Catalogue of books such as Froissart's Chronicles and Radcliffe's Mysteries of Udolpho.

Bromley local studies collection includes the 'Observations on Ants, Bees & Wasps' by Sir John Lubbock a protege of Char...
30/05/2019

Bromley local studies collection includes the 'Observations on Ants, Bees & Wasps' by Sir John Lubbock a protege of Charles Darwin.
Learn more about Lubbock in the 'John Lubbock Gallery' on the second floor of Bromley central Library

Bromley local Studies highlights from its collection 'The Oyster Conglomerate Bed'c.1885 - a study of the Geology nr Sun...
29/05/2019

Bromley local Studies highlights from its collection 'The Oyster Conglomerate Bed'c.1885 - a study of the Geology nr Sundridge Park. Geologist, paleontologist & obstetrician Dr Gideon A Mantell believed it to be one of the most interesting spots he knew.
http://ow.ly/rwSy50uoymt

Bromley Local Studies Collection - 'The Bee Keepers Instructor' c.1888 by Stephen James Baldwin. Stephen was a apiarian ...
28/05/2019

Bromley Local Studies Collection - 'The Bee Keepers Instructor' c.1888 by Stephen James Baldwin. Stephen was a apiarian - bee keeping & care of bees - who made bee hives.
The Instructor gives information on the care of bees & shows many of his hives.

http://ow.ly/8QtM50uoAl5

Item from the Local Studies collection at Bromley  - an original auctioneers catalogue from the sale of The Bell Hotel i...
27/05/2019

Item from the Local Studies collection at Bromley - an original auctioneers catalogue from the sale of The Bell Hotel in 1898 including furniture, wines, horses & carriages

The St Nicholas parish registers show that Rev. Wollaston of Chislehurst baptised a number of adult converts from the Ro...
25/05/2019

The St Nicholas parish registers show that Rev. Wollaston of Chislehurst baptised a number of adult converts from the Roman catholic church in 1795 .

Rev. Wollaston of Chislehurst (1769-1815) was protective of his flock & when in 1799 a religious sect - Union Society pr...
25/05/2019

Rev. Wollaston of Chislehurst (1769-1815) was protective of his flock & when in 1799 a religious sect - Union Society proposed to set up a school it was much to his displeasure - he wrote a tract denouncing them as seditious – which can be read at Bromley Local Studies Library

BHC looks at the amazing vicar of Chislehurst - Francis Wollaston b. 1732 he was originally intended for the Law but ins...
25/05/2019

BHC looks at the amazing vicar of Chislehurst - Francis Wollaston b. 1732 he was originally intended for the Law but instead became a clergyman in 1755. He was the Rector of St Nicholas Church for 46 years (1769-1815) .
He was also a scholar and a brilliant amateur astronomer.

With Chelsea flower show  in the news BHC looks at a very important garden in the Bromley area - Downe House Gardens whi...
24/05/2019
The house of Charles Darwin (Down House) in Kent: the exterior (above) and Darwin's study (below). Wood engraving by J. R. Brown.

With Chelsea flower show in the news BHC looks at a very important garden in the Bromley area - Downe House Gardens which Darwin used as his outdoor laboratory & helped to form his Theory of Evolution.

Highlights - the sandwalk, glasshouse & the bees

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The house of Charles Darwin (Down House) in Kent: the exterior (above) and Darwin's study (below). Wood engraving by J. R. Brown.

Rev  Wollaston of Chislehurst (1769-1815) was protective of his flock & when in 1799 a religious sect - Union Society pr...
23/05/2019

Rev Wollaston of Chislehurst (1769-1815) was protective of his flock & when in 1799 a religious sect - Union Society proposed to set up a school it was much to his displeasure - he wrote a tract denouncing them as seditious – which can be read at Bromley Local Studies Library

Celebrating the life of Desmond Herbert Carrington b.23 May 1926 Bromley.  As an actor he starred in Emergency Ward 10 &...
23/05/2019

Celebrating the life of Desmond Herbert Carrington b.23 May 1926 Bromley. As an actor he starred in Emergency Ward 10
&for radio 2 presented 'The Music Goes Round' from 1981 -2016. He learned his radio skills in the BFBS during WW2 while in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
He died in 2017.

Chelsea Flower Show  - BHC celebrates the live & works of Lillian Snelling MBE  b.1879 & d.1972 in St Mary Cray.  She wa...
23/05/2019

Chelsea Flower Show - BHC celebrates the live & works of Lillian Snelling MBE b.1879 & d.1972 in St Mary Cray. She was - "probably the most important British botanical artist of the first half of the 20th c".
She worked at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh & Kew

21/05/2019
Hook Farm Allotment

Chelsea Flower Show starts today & BHC celebrates the boroughs green space. During WW1 allotments were important & were introduced by 1917, 558 plots had been allocated.
One of the smallest but most beautiful is Hook Farm Allotments along Bromley Common.
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A pot pouri of impressions glimpsed and gleaned over three years of inhabiting this delightful microcosm of horticulture and nature close to London.

With the start of the Chelsea Flower show today Bromley Historic Collections looks back at Bromley's horticultural past....
21/05/2019

With the start of the Chelsea Flower show today Bromley Historic Collections looks back at Bromley's horticultural past. The 1881 Bromley Record reports the about the Bromley Common & District Horticultural Society Show and its winners.

Celebrating the Royal wedding of Lady Gabriella Windsor today Bromley Historic Collections shows of its own - if not mor...
18/05/2019

Celebrating the Royal wedding of Lady Gabriella Windsor today Bromley Historic Collections shows of its own - if not more modest- wedding dress which dates from 1967. This can be seen on display in Central Library, Bromley
#royalwedding

BHC http://ow.ly/C2Ja30okQDZ - Parish Registers an important research tool.  They show  Birth Marriage & Death informati...
17/05/2019
Kent Online Parish Clerks - Home Page

BHC http://ow.ly/C2Ja30okQDZ - Parish Registers an important research tool. They show Birth Marriage & Death information & occupations. Bromley St Luke's register lists an old job - Lamplighter - once essential to the community by lighting Gas lamps before electric lights.

Bromley Women In culture - celebrating the amazing Kate Hosali & her daughter NinaKate founded the Society for the Prote...
14/05/2019
Our Story & History | SPANA

Bromley Women In culture - celebrating the amazing Kate Hosali & her daughter Nina
Kate founded the Society for the Protection of Animals in North Africa. (SPANA)
Nina Hosali was an artist and author.

#WomenInCulture
http://ow.ly/Zrh250u9Ytg

Image copyright SPANA

SPANA was founded in 1923 by Kate Hosali and her daughter Nina, after they witnessed the suffering of working animals on their travels through north Africa.

Bromley Camera Club is one of Bromley's oldest continuous clubs founded in 1896.This week they are exhibiting at Bromley...
14/05/2019

Bromley Camera Club is one of Bromley's oldest continuous clubs founded in 1896.

This week they are exhibiting at Bromley Central Library.

Local Lad (pt 4) Harold's war time efforts were recognised when he was awarded M.B.E. in 1943.Married to " Babs," Tansey...
13/05/2019

Local Lad (pt 4) Harold's war time efforts were recognised when he was awarded M.B.E. in 1943.

Married to " Babs," Tansey they had two daughters. Harold died in 1980 aged 84

Local Lad (pt 3) Harold Evernden's work with Rolls Royce involved design that was secret & confidential & he became part...
13/05/2019

Local Lad (pt 3) Harold Evernden's work with Rolls Royce involved design that was secret & confidential & he became part of a governmental delegation that travelled to the US in 1943.

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Local Lad (pt 2)  Harold Evernden went to Sutton County School &  King's College Uni London gaining a B.Sc.(Eng.) in 191...
13/05/2019

Local Lad (pt 2)
Harold Evernden went to Sutton County School & King's College Uni London gaining a B.Sc.(Eng.) in 1918
He worked on Airship design before joining Rolls Royce.

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Local & Community History MonthLocal lad (part 1) -Harold Ivan Frederick Evernden was baptised at St. Luke's Bromley Com...
13/05/2019

Local & Community History Month
Local lad (part 1) -Harold Ivan Frederick Evernden was baptised at St. Luke's Bromley Common on 11th Oct 1896. From humble beings he rose to be an important engineer in war time Britain.

Local & Community History MonthThe 1889 Bromley Street Directory shows the adverts of local businesses.  These often hig...
12/05/2019

Local & Community History Month

The 1889 Bromley Street Directory shows the adverts of local businesses. These often highly illustrated adverts can reveal more information - the one shown reveals the previous owner of the business - the Late B. Rockall & where it was located

Local & Community History MonthThe Local Street Directories gave the newcomer a sense of the area & the 1889 Bromley dir...
12/05/2019

Local & Community History Month

The Local Street Directories gave the newcomer a sense of the area & the 1889 Bromley directory devoted pages to the history of the town and details the community buildings of the time.
The Drill hall described is still in existence as a pub.

Local & Community History monthThe street directories are full of information which helps to locate our ancestors & disc...
12/05/2019

Local & Community History month

The street directories are full of information which helps to locate our ancestors & discover long lost places.
A page from the 1889 directory reveals a place called Streamlet Place which sat at the corner of Westmoreland Rd & Sandford Rd

Local & Community History MonthToday Bromley Local Studies showcase the amazing resource that the Local Street Directori...
12/05/2019

Local & Community History Month
Today Bromley Local Studies showcase the amazing resource that the Local Street Directories are for local & Family history .

On opening the 1889 directory a map of the Bromley district in 1889 is the first thing found.

'Diaries in the Archive' a talk by Bromley Archivist exploring the diaries in our Archives.Sat 11th May   1:00 - 2:15pmT...
11/05/2019

'Diaries in the Archive' a talk by Bromley Archivist exploring the diaries in our Archives.
Sat 11th May 1:00 - 2:15pm
To reserve your FREE place book online -
hiddendiaries.eventbrite.co.uk
Or Local Studies Library 020 3931 0907

BHC Diaries in the ArchivesDay 9 – 789/1 Diary of Richards Adams Jnr. Extract from the diary of Richard Adams Jnr. of ...
09/05/2019

BHC Diaries in the Archives
Day 9 – 789/1 Diary of Richards Adams Jnr.
Extract from the diary of Richard Adams Jnr. of Elmers Lodge on May 9th 1837 where he expresses his romantic interest in Adelaide Wood and local business connections.

BHC Diaries in the ArchivesDay 8 – 650/1 Sir Frances Evans Diary extract from Sir Frances Evans of Tubbenden Hall desc...
08/05/2019

BHC Diaries in the Archives
Day 8 – 650/1 Sir Frances Evans
Diary extract from Sir Frances Evans of Tubbenden Hall describing a court appearance on May 8th 1905 with Charles Dickens’ son as his counsel.

Diary in the Archives -George Warde Norman of Bromley Common was a director of the Bank of England, a writer on finance,...
07/05/2019

Diary in the Archives -George Warde Norman of Bromley Common was a director of the Bank of England, a writer on finance, a governor of Guy's Hospital, amateur English cricketer and supporter of free trade. He wrote a number of Diaries- extract mentioned his friend Charles Darwin

BHC Diaries in the ArchivesDay 6 – Louisa Hall 855/F1/8Extract from Louisa Hall’s diary on May 6th 1869 during a tri...
06/05/2019

BHC Diaries in the Archives
Day 6 – Louisa Hall 855/F1/8
Extract from Louisa Hall’s diary on May 6th 1869 during a trip to Mont Pilatus in Switzerland, watching the mountain and going on a steamboat.

BHC Diaries in the ArchivesDay 5 – Ellen Hall F3/3An extract from the diary of Ellen Hall on May 5th 1845 expressing h...
05/05/2019

BHC Diaries in the Archives
Day 5 – Ellen Hall F3/3
An extract from the diary of Ellen Hall on May 5th 1845 expressing her anger at Mr. Shinard ‘Oh! What creatures some men are’

04/05/2019
The Modern May Queen (1928) : British Pathé : Free Download, Borrow, and Streaming : Internet Archive

In 1928 the May Queen festival took on a whole new demeanor with the London May Queen Gladys Hastings being flown from Croydon Aerodrome to Biggin Hill then on to Hayes to be crowned. The event was captured by Pathe News

https://archive.org/details/youtube-YYaZoBN2D7E

Full titles read: The Modern May Queen! - Gladys Hastings... London's May Queen... flies to her Coronation and open air Court. Hayes Common. M/S shows...

Farnborough May Queen Elizabeth Burchell crowned in May 1977.  She followed in her mother Rosemary's footsteps as she wa...
04/05/2019

Farnborough May Queen Elizabeth Burchell crowned in May 1977. She followed in her mother Rosemary's footsteps as she was once May Queen of Coney Hall nr. West Wickham.

Hayes May Queen in 1935.
04/05/2019

Hayes May Queen in 1935.

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