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
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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.

Signed, sealed and delivered! New to our H.G. Wells collection: a signed copy of The Outline of History.#hgwells #histor...
05/03/2020

Signed, sealed and delivered! New to our H.G. Wells collection: a signed copy of The Outline of History.

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End of the week endpapers!#bromleyhistoriccollections #archives #library #archive #archivistsofinstagram #archivesofinst...
28/02/2020

End of the week endpapers!

#bromleyhistoriccollections #archives #library #archive #archivistsofinstagram #archivesofinstagram #bookstagram #books #beautifulbooks #endpapers @ Bromley Historic Collections

A truly beautiful item from the stacks! Presented to Alderman Walter Lindley-Jones on the 23rd of March, 1918, by the ch...
27/02/2020

A truly beautiful item from the stacks! Presented to Alderman Walter Lindley-Jones on the 23rd of March, 1918, by the chairman, treasurer and secretary of the committee on behalf of its subscribers, this fantastically illuminated album was a token of gratitude for his four years of service as Mayor from 1913-1917. Mayor Lindley-Jones was particularly praised for his contributions to promoting recruitment and raising vital funds for the war effort. His also donated the £135.00 he was gifted along with this book towards a fund to provide prizes for pupils of Bromley Elementary and Secondary Schools. Quite a man!

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25/02/2020

Modestly described as a 'scrapbook', Charles Kadwell's stunning portfolio of Hayes contains more beautiful things than we can fit in one post! Come down to @bromleyhistoriccollections to see the rest. (Ref: P/180/28/13)

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As part of our talk and tour with the WEA local history group yesterday, we looked at this striking panoramic photograph...
14/02/2020

As part of our talk and tour with the WEA local history group yesterday, we looked at this striking panoramic photograph of the aftermath of the Crystal Palace fire, taken on 30th November 1936, the day after the tragic event.

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Thank you very much to the WEA local history group for a fantastic visit today. It was lovely to meet you all and hear a...
13/02/2020

Thank you very much to the WEA local history group for a fantastic visit today. It was lovely to meet you all and hear about your upcoming projects. We look forward to seeing you in the archives again soon!

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New to the archives! Today we were kindly given a set of sales particulars from 1848 for a "gentlemanly cottage residenc...
08/02/2020

New to the archives! Today we were kindly given a set of sales particulars from 1848 for a "gentlemanly cottage residence" at Keaton Lodge. They also include a gorgeous set of plans. Watch out for these soon in our Sales Particulars Collection (ref: 1200).

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** VOLUNTEERS NEEDED **Do you like history and geography?Can you spare up to 10 days over 4 months to help us map John L...
20/01/2020

** VOLUNTEERS NEEDED **

Do you like history and geography?

Can you spare up to 10 days over 4 months to help us map John Lubbock's collection of objects from across the world?

If this sounds of interest to you then please get in touch with our curator Jane Cameron for more information

[email protected]

We have been donated this postcard showing a view of Hayes, but we need some help to identify whether this is our Hayes ...
05/12/2019

We have been donated this postcard showing a view of Hayes, but we need some help to identify whether this is our Hayes in Kent.

Please let us know if you recognise it. It would be great to get a modern day view of the same road.

Please share

#Hayes #photoindentity #help

Discover John Ruskin's Orpington Connections in a new exhibition at Bromley Central Library. The exhibition will be laun...
05/08/2019

Discover John Ruskin's Orpington Connections in a new exhibition at Bromley Central Library. The exhibition will be launched on Thursday 8th August at 6.15pm with a talk by curator Paul Dawson in the Small Hall, 4th Floor. Everybody welcome!

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
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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.
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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.

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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
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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

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🎬Hello Bromley! Do you have any old home movies? If so, bring them along to the free London's Home Movie Day at the Cinema Museum. Saturday 19th October, 11-4, family friendly and tea and cake available!🎬 http://www.cinemamuseum.org.uk/2019/home-movie-day-2019/
Tomorrow I am traveling to meet with a living relative of Bertram Holland Boxall from Bromley. I came to be in possession of Bertram’s medals and really wanted to return them to his family. After much research, a relative was found and tomorrow is the day! 🏅
Where is the Orpington village hall drinking fountain that was in the Priory ?
Hi everybody, I am having a problem, I hope someone can help me with. I am trying to locate the house in an old address, The house was the home of Captain Harry George Ernest Luchford in 1912-17 the name of the house was Walmer in Quernmore road, Bromley,over the years I have looked, but gave up. If any body could help, I would be most grateful, thank you Keith
Excellent service! Very helpful staff. Nice to be able to carry out research from a distance.
Kids had a great time making their bug masks yesterday. Thank you