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

The Money Front: Bromley’s Great Push

Mounting Total in War Weapons Week HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR NEW ZEALAND Stimulating Address at inaugural luncheon Thousands of ...
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Beckenham’s War Weapons Week – Spring 1941

Our aim is £250,000 Says THE MAYOR Citizens of Beckenham: Our great War Weapons Week starts in just ...
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In War Weapons Week – 7th Feb 1941

SAVINGS CERTIFICATE FOR EVERY BABY BORN Mayor of losing Borough to pay Beckenham, whose War Weapons Week commences ...
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Bromley War Weapons Week

Before the US entered the war, and still with the threat of invasion, War Weapon Weeks was a way to encourage ...
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Why Aren’t There More Trains?

Next time you are waiting for a train, and perhaps complaining about the lack of them, spare a ...
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King Commends Hayes Man, 1941

This article, which featured in the Bromley & District Times in late February 1941, actually followed directly on ...
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Heroes of the A.F.S. – Five Young Men Killed on Service

On the 19th March 1941, five local firemen lost their lives whilst on duty during the London bombings ...
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Local Sporting Enthusiast

This extract was taken from the local newspapers, I do believe this gentleman received the George Medal for ...
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Hot Water! What’s the Idea?

Keeping the soldiers going! This advert for OXO featured in the Bromley & District Times in February 1941, ...
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Wedding – Mr F.R. Burr and Miss H.M. Rigby

The wedding took place at the Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin, Hayes, on Saturday, between Mr ...
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Collecting Pots and Pans, 1940

Our History in Salvaging and Recycling

In 1914-18 and in 1941 we were saving our country, in more ways then one.  Today we are ...
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Police Constable killed in air raid, 1941

Police-Constable Whitehead Poilice-constable Edgar John Whitehead, who was killed in an air-raid while on duty in the City ...
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