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Various aspects of the Bexley Borough's history are covered in published books and by articles on the Bexley Local Studies and Archive Centre website, where you can also search the Archive Catalogue and look for local newspaper articles. Local history notes cover a wide range of subjects, including town histories, business and industry, country estates, historic buildings, leisure, schools, people, transport and historical sources.


Photographs can be seen at Bexley Borough Photos.


The Bexley Historical Society is the longest-established of all the local history societies in the London Borough of Bexley and over the years its chairmen and members have contributed their knowledge and experience to a number of published works (to an extent not equalled by the other societies put together). These are:


1955 -   The History of Chapel House Dansington, by Garth Groombridge

1969 -   Bexley Brasses, by Ruth Hutcherson

1970 -   Hall Place, by Paul Morris

1973 -   A History of St Mary’s Bexley, by Kitty Roome

1975 -   Bexley Village, by Peter Tester

1979 -   East Wickham and Welling, by Peter Tester

1979 -   History of Danson, by Ruth Hutcherson

1985 -   The Archaeology of the Bexley Area, by Peter Tester

1985 -   Stylemans Almshouses, by Kitty Roome

1987 -   The RACS Chalk Mines and the Bostall Estate, by Rod LeGear

1992 -   Bexley Deneholes, by Rod LeGear

1995 -   Bexley Pubs, by Jim Packer

2004 -   The Village on the Heath: a history of Bexley Hospital, by Britta von Zweigbergk and Michael Armstrong

2005 -   Lost Pubs of Bexley, by Jim Packer

2014 - Woodmen and Fenmen: Blackfen's story, by Penny Duggan

2017 - Boswell's Bexley: a photographer's view of the Borough 1890 to 1950, by Penny Duggan


Many of these are still in print and are available from Bexley Local Studies and Archive Centre, Central Library, Bexleyheath.


Meetings are held at the hall of St John Fisher RC Church, Thanet Road, Bexley

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