Step into the Past

Old Newspapers are a wonderful source of information. I have been working with the Bromley and District Times during World War 1 and its aftermath collecting and listing the names of military personnel who have featured in it for my Military Ancestors project.

Through this research I have also gathered fascinating stories, articles and adverts from the time.  These I can now bring to you through my website Footsteps to the Past – stories written about the people of the time: by the people of the time.

I hope you enjoy reading them too.


Latest Extracts

Getting a Good Night’s Rest in the Public Shelter

During early 1941 Britain was still in the midst of the Blitz, with no idea how long it ...
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Invitation to the Dance

Cadets of the HMS Worcester at their evacuation home, invited girls of the A.T.S. to their dance at ...
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The realities of life during a WW2 air raid

Reports in local newspaper gave a harrowing account of what life was like during the height of the ...
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Billy Brown’s Own Highway Code

Billy Brown of London Town was a cartoon character, drawn by English cartoonist David Langdon OBE, who featured on the ...
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The Lock Brothers

Here the Bromley & District Times celebrated another band of brothers who served on the Front Line during WW2.  Their ...
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Decorated Soldier marries Sweetheart, 1940

It's always exciting to read about military personnel who were awarded honours for the services in the war ...
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Building Your Air Raid Shelter

Step by Step guide to building your own Air Raid Shelter ...
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Raider Crashes at Bromley, 1940

Three of Crew Killed FOURTH BALES OUT AND SURRENDERS Two Houses Wrecked Crippled some miles away by the accurate anti-aircraft ...
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What to Do Before Going into Your Shelter

Before, during and after the raid What to do before going into your Shelter - and the help ...
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Mothers Save Your Children!

In order to keep civilians safe during the Second World War, the Government set up an operation to ...
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Adding comfort to your Air Raid Shelter

Air raid shelters were not the most lavish place to have to spend your time. Primarily located in ...
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Part-Exchange Furniture in the 1940s

One of the 'Perrings' Furniture Store was located on the High Street in Sidcup. Perrings was a small ...
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