Meetings

Bexley Historical Society's talks are held monthly at 7.45pm for 8pm start at the hall of St John Fisher RC Church, 48, Thanet Road, Bexley Kent DA5 1AP. Talks are free for Members. Visitors are very welcome with a fee of £3.00 per meeting.

 

There is a small car park next to the St John Fisher Church and there is a public car park in Thanet Road which is free after 6pm. Bexley Village is served by bus routes: 132, 229, 269, 492, B12. Bexley Railway Station is a short walk away.

 

 

Talks in 2019

 

 

Monday 14 January 2019: A Spot Called Crayford: The Legend of Hengest, by Peter Daniel.

 

This is the story of how the Britons fought and lost the Battle of Crayford against the legendary Anglo-Saxon warrior Hengest and his son Aesc, a future King of Kent, in 465 AD.

 

Monday 11 February 2019: AGM, then King's Cross and St Pancras, by Chris Burton

 

Chris is a qualified tour guide in the boroughs of Camden and Islington.

 

Monday 11 March 2019: Gravesend:Gateway to the Thames, by Christoph Bull

 

 As well as being tour guide, Christoph is also Municipal Mace Bearer for Gravesham Borough Council and historical advisor to Swanscombe & Greenhithe Town Council.

 

Monday 8 April 2019: Not Forgotten - The Crooked Billet, Bickley, by Jennie Randall

 

Find out what happened when a V2 rocket destroyed The Crooked Billet, Bickley in November 1944 and how all those killed and injured are now commemorated on a blue plaque.

 

Monday 13 May 2019: A Schoolgirl's War, by Mary Smith

 

This is the story of Maidstone Girl's Grammar School in World War II.

 

Monday 10 June 2019: Cadbury, Fry and Rowntree - the Chocolate Quakers, by Fred Lemont

 

Members of the Society of Friends (Quakers) created a great many of our best known manufacturing companies and banks. Here we look at why such a small section of the population helped transform Brtitain into an industrial nation, focusing particuarly on the creation of the chocolate industry.

 

Monday 8 July 2019: The History of the London Pearly Kings and Queens Society, by Pearly King of Woolwich and Pearly Queen of Royal Greenwich

 

Monday 12 August 2019: The August Quiz, by Sally Kirkpatrick

 

Monday 9 September 2019: The Origins and Evolution of the Progress Estate, by Keith Billinghurst

 

The Progress Estate in Well Hall, Eltham was the first of the garden suburbs built during the First World War, constructed in less than 12 months in 1915 to accommodate some of the senior and skilled workers in the vastly expanded Woolwich Arsenal.

 

Monday 14 October 2019: Yesterday We Were In America, by David Gillham

 

In 1919 Alcock and Brown were the first people to successfully fly across the Atlantic. They flew in a Vickers Vimy, designed and made in Crayford. 2019 is a year of celebration to commemorate the centenary of this event.

 

Monday 11 November 2019: Wandering through the Crays, by Jerry Dowlen

 

A social history of St Mary Cray, Kent and its famous Football Club, the Cray Wanderers.

 

Monday 9 December 2019: Bits That Don't Fit, by Steve Hookins

 

 This presentation gives Steve the chance to talk about some of the weird and wonderful historical square pegs that don't fit into any of his other talks or presentations. Who invented gunpowder and why? What exactly did the Roman's leave behind? Plus a wry look at our cousins from across the pond. From Newcastle Brown to Bollinger Champagne via Salvador Dali and Hugo Boss, this, is Stand-up History. History doesn't always have to be serious, sometimes it's just nice to have a bit of a giggle!

 

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