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.


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Pet Food Adverts, 1941

In the Summer of 1939, before the outbreak of war, the National Air Raid Precautions Animals Committee (NARPAC) ...
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Billy Brown’s Guide to London Transport

Here is another fine example of the Billy Brown character, invented by cartoonist David Langdon OBE, giving advice ...
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Wedding Bells in Bromley, 1941

Mr. R. C. Collyer and Miss Phyllis E. Mildred Hopkins The Wedding of Reginald Clarence Collyer (Tank Corps) ...
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Bombed Railway Line fixed within Hours!

During WW2 the railway system in Britain was used heavily, and so it was of vital importance to keep ...
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Soldiers as “Can-Can” Dancers

Gunners of the Royal Artillery in South-east England, where they are running their own troupe of "can can dancers" ...
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Only 7 men want to be Airmen

On the day that Britain declared war on Germany, 3rd September 1939, Parliament immediately imposed the National Service ...
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Hitler will Never Defeat our Spirit

This wonderful article, published in the local newspaper, shows that even business rivals were determined to carry on ...
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London received over 44 days worth of alerts in a 5 month period during the Blitz

This short articles, published in the local newspaper, reports the number of hours which London had been on alert ...
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Exciting Wartime Football Matches

In spite of the war, there was plenty of football to watch and teams to support. This report ...
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The Bromley Plane

The "Bromley" Plane Cheque for £5,870 handed over The Mayor (Councillor H. Lynch-Watson, J.P.) and Mr. A.F. Hobbins, ...
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Children’s Party at Cudham Hall

Plays and Dances The children’s Christmas party at the Royal Naval and Marine Orphanage, Cudham Hall, on Saturday, ...
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Black-outs in the Church

Blackouts proved one of the more unpleasant aspects of the war, as they often disrupted many civilian activities ...
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