FELHS logo Welcome to the
Farningham  &  Eynsford
Local History Society
Farningham & Eynsford Local History Society

NoticeBoard     Tuesday, 19 January 2021 

TRUSTEES REPORT OF FELHS The trustees of FELHS prepare a Trustees' Annual Report and Accounts each year. The Report describes the aims and organisation of the Society and reports its activities during the year. Copies of the reports for the two years to 30 November 2020 are available to the public on request. If you would like a copy of a report, please write to: John Mullen, 10 School Cottages, Church Road, Crockenhill, Swanley BR8 8JY.

Sunday, 29 November 2020 

CONSTANCE SPRY - Celebrity Florist The Garden Museum is staging an exhibition about her. In the 1930s to the 1950s she created flower arrangements for big events. She was friends with the Prince of Wales and Mrs Simpson, and went over to Paris on impulse to arrange flowers for their wedding. She lived at Park Gate House and created a new garden there. The Garden Museum is appealing for anyone who remembers her or who might have worked in her garden or who has relevant photos to contact them. Contact can be made through archives@felhs.org.uk
Wednesday, 25 November 2020 

Covid 19 - Coronavirus Pandemic
Farningham & Eynsford Local History Society records the present so future generations will know what life was like for us now. We are living through traumatic and historic times, so we would like you all to record events as they affect you and the villages in our area. Perhaps choose a day or several days to record your everyday life under the pandemic. Some of you might be able to take photos of your activities in isolation or notices outside shops and public places, Thursday clapping for the NHS and other essential workers who are keeping services going, people in protective clothing such as masks/ gloves, any written records e.g. government / official communications - you could think of other things which would help build up a historic picture of what life was like in our local communities. We will let you know what to do with all these records when it is safe to do so, or you could pass items on via details on the Contacts page of this website.

Thursday, 12 November 2020 

Depending on Government restrictions, arrangements can be made to visit the Centre (with social distancing, mask and gloves). Queries will be answered by email as long as access to the information is at hand. Contact - archives@felhs.org.uk

Thursday, 12 November 2020 

This new book is the 2nd of a planned series of 5 researching aspects of farming in Crockenill. It has 132 pages and is lavishly illustrated. It relates the fascinating story of Caleb Lee & Sons (1840s-1980s), who pioneered cold storage of fruit in the U.K. £12 (£14 with post and packaging). Available from Crockenhill Parish Council, Crockenhill Village Hall, Stones Cross Road, Crockenhill, Swanley, Kent BR8 8LT
Tuesday, 10 November 2020 

This new book is lavishly illustrated and relates the fascinating story of the farm from the 1900s to 1990s. For 5 decades the Miller family was the largest grower and distiller of peppermint in the U.K.
£8 (£9.50 with post and packaging). Available from Crockenhill Parish Council, Crockenhill Village Hall, Stones Cross Road, Crockenhill, Swanley, Kent BR8 8LT

Tuesday, 10 November 2020 

ARTHUR MEE - A BIOGRAPHY by Keith Crawford
A new book published by Lutterworth Press, paperback £18.57 (also available PDF, EPUB, Kindle forms). A biography of journalist and children's editor and writer, Arthur Mee (1875-1943). The biography draws on about 700 letters sent by Mee to his friend, John Derry, and letters between Mee and Alfred Harmsworth. The book aims to place Mee within the wider cultural, political and social context of England (c.1900-1943).

Tuesday, 10 November 2020 

See WW1 on Home Page - 4 lorries, the first owned by Crockenhill farmers, are displayed under FARMING. Peter has given the following identifications - (1) Not a Commer, perhaps a Palladium; (2) Not a Dennis, but ex-War Department Leyland; (3) is a Hallford; (4) not a Federal but a Hallford.

Tuesday, 10 November 2020 

Farningham Home for Little Boys
Although named 'Farningham' the Home was not in the parish. For information about the home and its boys contact The Office, Southdown Retirement Village, South Darenth, 01322 864279. 2 publications - The Farningham Home for Little Boys compiled by James Jenkins, available from Horton Kirby and South Darenth LHS

A City Set on a Hill by Patrick E Roast

This is about Farningham Home for Little Boys. Patrick died in July 2016, but his son, Philip, has re-published the book with updates and revisions. Please contact him if you are interested in obtaining a copy - https://patrickroast.com/

Tuesday, 10 November 2020 

Memorial inscriptions to members of the armed forces from Farningham who died in the two world wars with biographical details, and stories of the battles in which they fought can be found on the Kent Archaeological website - www.kentarchaeology.org.uk/Research : Another site with names on Farningham 1st and 2nd World War memorial by Kyle Tallett, a First World War historian, whose family originated from Farningham, is available on his website: www.royalnavaldivision.co.uk : He has given the Society a CD copy of his work.
Tuesday, 10 November 2020 

by Hilary Harding has been published. This detective story of Farningham's history includes tales of treason, murder, scandal and highway robbery, wills, deeds, inventories and the work and lives of local people up to the present day. Subscription price £20. Contact Wadard Books, 6 High Street, Farningham, Kent DA4 0DG.

Tuesday, 10 November 2020 

On his death in 1597 Anthony Roper left a legacy for “charitable purposes” which is still going strong over 400 years later. Within its specific geographical area (Farningham, Eynsford, Crockenhill and Horton Kirby & South Darenth) Roper’s Charity supports the education and wellbeing of children and young people, the elderly, and anyone else in need of support which the state is unable or unwilling to provide. For further background details and contact for applications for support go to the Links page on this website.
Saturday, 25 April 2020 

BBC feature on Eynsford, 2009
Andrea would like help to locate the journalist called Carron or Caron who produced the Eynsford Feature in Spring 2009. The Feature was later aired on TV that year or in 2010. Andrea lived at Bower Cottage in Eynsford when the live taping of the feature occurred. Flyers were given out to the villagers to mark the occasion. Afterwards the punters all headed off to The Five Bells for drinks with the BBC Crew. The owners of the Five Bells have an old poster of the event. If you can help Andrea please contact 07570086451 or mcpherson@live.co.uk - you can also make contact through FELHS see Contacts page.
Wednesday, 22 April 2020 

It is believed that the HQ was off the lower end of Priory Lane. Jean who lived near the HQ has made contact and located the building precisely. After the War the Fire Station was adapted as a house until Saddlers Park housing was built and the occupants were moved there. It was eventually pulled down and the house Dunhelm built. She sent photos of the roof as seen from her garden, so any photos of the whole building still required.
Sunday, 12 January 2020 

Welcome to the Web SiteWednesday, 3 September 2003