This site includes 4 former Kent Boroughs, Bexley, Bromley, Greenwich and Lewisham. It is the result of a joint effort by the University of Greenwich., a dedicated group of librarians, archivists and historians from London's Boroughs of Bexley, Bromley, Greenwich, Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark and, increasingly, by members of the public. The site is hosted by the University of Greenwich and was funded by the New Opportunities Fund.
There are a selection of old photos, old maps, and historic documents from the rich and unique archive and local history collections of Bexley, Bromley, Greenwich, Lambeth, Lewisham, and Southwark, articles on the history of the places, contributions from members of the public. The Galleries section has many Late Victorian, Edwardian photographs of places within the Boroughs and there are Historic Maps of the different locations.
If you had ancestors or family originating or living in these areas this site will give you a wealth of information. Ideal-Homes History of SE London (Kent)
Printed Maps of Kent 1575-1900.
If you are interested in maps of the area that your Kent ancestors lived in, how they developed over the centuries this amazing site should be on your list to explore.
It is not business site, but the on line publication of over 30 years research into old maps of Kent by Tony Burgess. It is another example of what enthusiasts, local family historians and historians and others of a like mind produce and make available with no charge to all.
To see the maps go to Old Printed Maps of Kent
Windmill and Watermilll Collection-photographs. University of Kent.
The University of Kent holds many archival, manuscript, photographic and rare books collections: Victorian and Edwardian theatre, wind and watermills, Kent local history and many other subjects.
There are hundreds of photographs of Kent Mills At Kent Mills Photographs you can either browse through them or search for a specific Mill.
They do not just have photographs of mills for Kent, but there are several thousand photographs of Mills all over England. If you had ancestors or family connected with Mills this site is one of the best resources to try to locate a photograph.
There is much more on the site. There is a large collection of Victorian and Edwardian programmes, doccuments. ephemera. Most of it is catalogued with a detailed discription of any Actors named etc. Theatre Collections
Archival and Book collection.
There is a detailed catalogue under collections which is worth looking at. For instance old Ballard Songs. To give an example of the detail provided:
PB 2342.P31 Special Collections
If you are interested in the music of you ancestor this would be a good place to look at what the University holds. Ballard and Song Collection
- Collier, John Payne Old ballads, from early printed copies of the utmost rarity; edited by J Payne Collier Percy Society 1840. - With: 4 other works F057887
- Worde, Wynkyn de The pain and sorrow of an evil marriage: from an unique copy printed by Wynkyn de Worde Percy Society 1840. - With: Old ballads. (F057887) A000673
- Lydgate, John A selection from the minor poems of Dan John Lydgate; edited by James Orchard Halliwell Percy Society 1840. - With: Old ballads. (F057887) A000671
Gad's Hill Place, Higham, Kent. The Home of Charles Dickens.
Charles Dickens’ home in Higham, near Rochester is set to be opened for the author’s centenary in 2012. A Grade 1-listed Georgian building it has been occupied since the 1920s by Gad’s Hill School which is to be relocated. Dickens lived in the house for fourteen years until his death in 1870. It was at Gad's Hill that he wrote Great Expectations and A Tale of Two Cities.
The intention is for Gad’s Hill Place to be turned into a museum and world heritage centre in 2012 - a project expected to attract visitors from across the globe. Kent News and for the Dickens Gad's Hill appeal see Gads Hill appeal