Poetry

Poetry is a unique way of describing local history and particularly the changes which have occurred. As Arthur Boswell begins:

 

An old couple sat in the twilight,

 

Thinking of days that are gone,

 

Trying to recall what happened,

 

To the town where they were born…

 

 

Arthur Boswell (1880-1966) was a photography enthusiast and toured the borough giving talks and lantern slide shows. His poem about the changes that happened to Bexleyheath during his lifetime can be seen here:

Poem_What a change.pdf
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Tricia Dyer, who contributed to the 'Changing Times' project, has expressed her memories in a poem about how Bexleyheath has changed over the years, and this can be seen at How Times Change by Tricia Dyer.

 

Sally Hawkes, a Bexley Historical Society member, has written a series of poems about the changes seen in several communities in the Bexley Borough. They are:

ALBANY PARK_Commuters Only.pdf
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BARNEHURST_Borders and Boundaries.pdf
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BELVEDERE_Belvedere Views.pdf
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BEXLEY_A Kent Village in London.pdf
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BLACKFEN_In and Out at Blackfen.pdf
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BLENDON_A Call from the Hall.pdf
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CRAYFORD_A Clock Tower Ballade.pdf
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ERITH_Forever Erith.pdf
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NORTH CRAY_Looking for North Cray.pdf
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NORTHUMBERLAND HEATH_North of the Stream[...]
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SIDCUP_House Hunting in Sidcup.pdf
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SWANSCOMBE_Cementing the Community.pdf
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WELLING_Trading as 'Welling'.pdf
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Sally Hawkes also wrote 'A Bexley Blunder' (about Bexley Council's proposal in 2013 to close Bexley Local Studies and Archives Centre):

SAVE BEXLEY ARCHIVES_A Bexley Blunder.pd[...]
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In 1982 the late Pat Watson wrote a poem about Erith, 'Ode to Old Erith':

Poem_Ode to Old Erith.pdf
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