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Share your research, queries or comments about Chislehurst's past

The Society welcomes enquiries or information into the local history of Chislehurst. We are pleased to help where we can with individual requests for information. This service is free to our members.

For non-members we ask either that you join The Society (free for the first year) or make a donation of £10 towards our costs. Please makes cheques payable to The Chislehurst Society and send to: The Old Chapel, Queens Passage, Chislehurst, Kent BR7 5AP. You can also pay via PayPal, to our account thechislehurstsociety@btconnect.com

Additionally, we reserve the right to charge £5 for any images that we reproduce in digital format for you. Images can only be provided to members of the Society.

Please send any requests to localhistory@chislehurst-society.org.uk

Below, we list matters raised in recent enquiries. We have provided information where we can. If you can provide any further information, or have anything you want to share with us, please contact us. (We have had to edit some of the enquiries.) Thanks to the History Group and in particular Joanna Friel, for the information provided in response.

We also undertake our own research, the outcome of which is often published in Cockpit, our regular newsletter, which can be accessed here... or on our history group page, here...

Places

  • Bonchester - My grandmother, best friend of Ethel Laidlaw, lived with the Laidlaws for three years. More...
  • Bullers Wood - Is a stained glass window by Ernest Carlos at Bullers Wood still in existence. More...
  • Camden Hill - My great grandfather Henry Clutton built this house and lived there for many years in the 1800’s. More...
  • Chislehurst Caves - My great grandfather, Alfred Harland, used to own the chalk brickworks located at Chislehurst caves. More...
  • Cookham Dene - As a student at Avery Hill College, I was resident at Cookham Dene House from 1972-6 when it was in good condition, surrounded on three sides by a substantial garden of several acres. More...
  • Coopers - I know that Richard Stone once had property in Chislehurst, I know not where or what type of house it was. More...
  • Cranmore Place - Does the building [Cranmore Place] that housed Harry Beasley’s Cranmore Museum still exist in Chislehurst? More...
  • Degema Road - Built by Harry Miller, who also lived there. More...
  • Denbridge Wood- My mother and father used to live in Denbridge Road, Bickley until about 10 years ago. More...
  • Elmstead Glade - I lived in the "Garage Flat" attached to Elmstead Glade in Walden Road between the years 1949-1952. More...
  • Frognal House - Do you have a copy of the contents sale catalogue of Frognal House dating from 1915? More...
  • Furzefield - My grandmother was born in Chislehurst in 1884. I've just found her birth certificate and the address where she was born was Furzefield Cottage. More...
  • Greatwood - In 1955 I was sent as a young four year old Nigerian girl to a couple called the Goslings. More...
  • Heatherbank - How would I go about finding out what the stone represents that is about 50 metres along the pathway at the bottom of Heatherbank? More...
  • Homewood, Perry Street - My great grandfather was a gardener at the Homewood estate in about 1916. More...
  • High Street, Fox and Hounds - Do you have a photo of the Fox and Hounds Pub in Chislehurst High Street? More...
  • Inglewood - Can you confirm that there were 2 grand houses called Inglewood in Chislehurst. More...
  • Manor Cottage - Alice Diaper was born in Manor Cottage in 1870. Do you know where this would have been? More...
  • Manor House - Could you please tell me if The Manor House, Chislehurst still stands?  I have a letter dated 1877 from that address. More...
  • Manor House and the Redpath family - Grace Redpath and Peter Redpath lived somewhere called "The Manor House, Chislehurst, Kent, England". More...
  • Mead House - I am wondering if you, or any of your members, can help me trace a family who live or lived at Mead House. More...
  • Mount Zion, Lubbock Road - I was brought up in a childrens' home in Lubbock Road called Mount Zion. More...
  • Mount Zion, Lubbock Road - My father and his brothers were placed in the Mount Zion home in approximately 1947. More...
  • Oak Cottage, Ashfield Lane - We have recently moved into the above property on Ashfield Lane and have begun to try to find out what we can about its history. More...
  • Rambler's Rest - The sign outside saying 1684 is complete fiction, but it maybe the oldest pub in the village.  Any clues to sources? More...
  • Red Hill Farm - I was wondering if your Society has any details relating to Red Hill Farm, Burr Field. More...
  • Roselawn - Beryl Wordsworth may have lived at Roselawn, Chislehurst in the early 1930s. More...
  • St Nicholas Church - I was struck by the suprising number of very old and weathered gravestones. More...
  • Sunnymead - I'm trying to uncover something of the history of the building we work in. More...
  • Thorndale, Lubbock Road - My great-grandfather moved to England from South Africa and bought a property in Chislehurst. More...
  • Walden - I am interested in a house called "Walden" which stood where Yester Park is now situated. More...

People

  • Emma Anderdon and the Manning and Anderdon Almshouses (right) - Thomas Salt, MP married Emma Helen Mary Anderdon at Chislehurst Old Church on 24th July 1861. More...
  • Malcolm Campbell - My father, Gordon Dewey, was born at Raggleswood on 21.4.1924. More...
  • Richard Carmarden - You might consider adding Richard Carmarden (d.1603), Surveyor of Customs for London,
    to your list of Chislehurst residents.
    More...
  • Cruttenden Family - Benjamin Cruttenden moved to Chislehurst from St Leonards-on-sea, Sussex, sometime before 1878. More...
  • Heather Firbank - As one of the 3 authors of the forthcoming V and A book on Heather Firbank I read your excellent page on her brother. More...
  • Fodor Family - William Fodor is reputed to have met the Empress upon her arrival in Dover and offered her Camden Place. More...
  • Frost Family - .I am looking for my family who lived at 38 Slades Drive  We were market traders & fruiterers. More...
  • Gosling Family - In 1955 I was sent as a young four year old Nigerian girl to a couple called the Goslings. More...
  • Griffiths family, Rectory Place - We received these two enquiries entirely separately three months apart. More...
  • Lance-Corporal Hallett - I bought a postcard and I am very interested to learn more about the author, a recently promoted to Corporal Hallett. More...
  • Captains John Hope (father and son), in the Hope Family Tomb, St Nicholas Church - Were the Hopes Captains of merchantmen or perhaps Royal Marines. More...
  • Donal Morphy - Donal Morphy, as in Morphy Richards electrical manufacturers, is missing from Chislehurst Lives. More...
  • Napoleon III - I listened to a talk recently about the Prince Imperial at Camden Place and was left wondering why we were so infatuated with the Napoleons. More...
  • Napoleon III -Researching the Chef de Cabinet of Napoléon III, Mocquard (1791-1864), I came across a certain Elisabeth Florence West, "ex-secrétaire de l'impératrice Eugénie" More...
  • Napoleon III - Is there any way to find out about the servants who were employed by Countess Eugenie and Napoleon whilst they were in residence at Camden Place? More...
  • Russell Family - One of my grandmothers was a Russell, who lived at and was married from “Golden Mead” in Mead Road. More...
  • Jan Wyckaert - An inhabitant of the Water Tower, c1900. More...

Miscellaneous

  • Barkway & Clark, Burlington Parade, 62-64 High Street - Barkway & Clark were decorators merchants and sold items such as paint & wallpaper. More...
  • Chislehurst Scouts - I am in the second of the two Scout photographs, which was taken on open land close to Hawkwood House. More...
  • Chislehurst Youth Club - In the late 1950's a group of us formed a youth club assisted by a Major Oldendorf. More...
  • Collier (Scientific), Webbs Works - Collier (Scientific) started about 1957 at Webbs Works, Queens Passage, Chistlehurst. More...
  • Ebcol, Webbs Works - A glass factory, believed to be the only one of its kind the county, operated within a stone's throw of Chislehurst High Street.  More...
  • Plymouth Brethren - I am trying to find the whereabouts of an Iron Room in Chislehurst West/Prickend used as a Plymouth Brethren meeting hall from 1873-85. More...