Publications for sale

The Society maintains a portfolio of books available for purchase by members and non-members. Occasionally publications go out of print. You may find copies for sale at Chislehurst Library, Bromley Local Studies Library, and online at

Prices include the cost of packaging and post. Please send your order and payment (cheques should be made payable to ‘The Chislehurst Society'; please do not send cash through the post) to:

The Chislehurst Society, The Old Chapel, 3 Queens Passage, Chislehurst, Kent BR7 5AP

You can also buy online using our Paypal facility. Simply click on the add to cart buttons below, and then go to view cart, below, when you have finished your purchases. We regret that not all books mentioned here are available for on-line purchase.

These publications are also on sale at Chislehurst Society events and from stands that the Society takes at various local fairs and events, at which time no postage is charged.

Members who wish to pick up their copies to save postage should contact us.

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Book cover Title and details Price  

Built on the Bowling Green


The story of a corner of Chislehurst Common and the people who lived there

Carefully researched and richly illustrated

More information about this book here...


Secret Chislehurst


A cornucopia of hidden delights in Chislehurst - full of new and delightful discoveries. Illustrated throughout.


Chislehurst Through Time


Taking you on a fascinating journey through time as Chislehurst changed and developed


Arthur Cooling:From Smallholding to Garden Centre


A story of the well known garden centre and its beginnings in Chislehurst.


Chislehurst History Today


A circular self-guided tour with old photographs around 36 locations in Chislehurst

Discover Chislehurst

Discover Chislehurst and its Environs. 


Detailed architectural walks around Chislehurst and neighbouring areas.

Francis Murray

Francis Murray of Chislehurst. 


As Rector from 1846 to 1902, his life illuminates Victorian Chislehurst.


The Story of Kemnal Road 
(includes Kemnal Manor)


Includes details of residents and houses, including the Tiarks family of Foxbury and a history of Kemnal Manor from 1250 until 1964.



The History of Mead Road School


A short history derived from log books kept at the school by Una White and Joanna Friel


Agnes Tiarks' War Diaries


Agnes Tiarks lived at Foxbury throughout the Great War. These extracts from her diaries show how the war affected local people.


*Now Sold Out*

In Trust for Chislehurst


An account of the Commons of Chislehurst and St Paul's Cray and the National Trust lands at Pettswood and Hawkwood.


Other publications . Contact us to see how to obtain copies:

History of Chislehurst.

A.E.Webb's famous history of the village, orginally published in 1899. A Centenary edition was published in 1999.

Both editions are out of print. This is essential reading for anyone seriously interested in the history of Chislehurst.


You can usually find copies for sale via abebooks, where Facsimile copies are also available.

We occasionally have copies available. Contact us.

Patchwork of the History of Chislehurst, by Dorothy McCall


A personal look at Chislehurst's history by a resident.



You may find copies for sale via abebooks, where Facsimile copies are also available.

We occasionally have copies available. Contact us.


For King and Country - The Men of Chislehurst who Fell in the Great War.


A study of the impact of the Great War on the village of Chislehurst, with notes on the men whose names are on the War Memorials here.


We understand that stocks are low, so you will need to order through

Paper Lane, 39 High Street Chislehurst, Kent BR7 5AE Tel:020 8467 2024


Bromley Libraries, Tel 020 8461 7170

Lord Sydney


A biography of Thomas Townshend, Lord of the Manor of Chislehurst, by Andrew Tink.

More information...


This book is now out of print. It was published by an Australian publisher. Very few were sold in the UK, and we have sold all the copies we were supplied with.

You may find copies for sale via abebooks.

100 Years in the Wilderness 


Tim Green's history of The Wilderness, a road of houses between Chislehurst Common and Camden Place Park.


May occasionally be available at Abebooks


Two Orpington & District Archaeological Society publications of interest, also available via ODAS website:


Scadbury Manor, a brief history 


ODAS’ account of the home of the Lord of the Manor of Scadbury and Chislehurst.

Pure Waters

Pure Aerated Waters: Chislehurst Mineral Waters Company. 


Widely advertised from late Victorian times to the mid-20th century



Books available for download on this website

  • The Chislehurst Conservation Area.  Mary Holt (Click here... to download as a pdf file)

  • Chislehurst Memories.  2007. Tony Keable recalls his post war “evacuation” to the old Rectory in 1946. (Download here...)

    Other books out of print, which may be available vie Abebooks:

  • Chislehurst in Camera.  Pat Bushell, 1987

  • The Wood on the Stony Hill - A short history of St Mary's Chislehurst. Rev T.P. O'Bierne, 1970.