Ramble with a Thrill

Ramble with a Thrill “Bomber Came Out of the Clouds” A lady who was walking with a friend in a park towards a village in Kent described her experiences to the Kentish Times. “A German bomber came out of the clouds. Immediately after anti-aircraft guns went into action, and we walked under the trees until we got to the main road. We decided to make for the village public-house, and order our lunch of shandy and bread and cheese – shandy is better than shrapnel and beer better than bombs! While we were seated…

Thrilling Aerial Dog-Fights over Kent in WW2

Raiders Over Kent —————— Bombers Chased off by R.A.F. and A.A. Gunners ——————- Home Guard “Bag” a Dornier with Rifle Volley ——————- Motorists machine-gunned in Lanes Kent experienced air raids on Friday and Sunday. In the first, damage was caused at Northfleet and there were some casualties, and in the second thrilling aerial dog-fights were seen. Men of a Home Guard posed fired at a Dornier, which staggered a few miles and crashed. On Sunday afternoon a large district in Kent received the unwelcome attentions of a number of German…

Daring attacks over German and Italian territories, 1940

This report featured in the 19th July 1940 edition of the Bromley & District Times, giving readers an update on the R.A.F. attacks conducted over enemy territory.  It also warned readers that an ‘established Defence Area’ on the South Coast was being barred to holiday-makers. Raids over German and Italian Territory. Many Enemy Planes Brought Down The R.A.F. are continuing their successful operations over a wide area, carrying out daring attacks on German and Italian territory. German raids on this country have been vigorously resisted by R.A.F. fighters and anti-aircraft defences,…

Purchasing Furniture in 1940

Anyone for new furniture in the sale? A three-piece suite for under £24 Remember: Gns are guineas A guinea was worth 1 pound and 1 shilling (21 shillings) 18 guineas was £18 18s. 22 Gns was £23 2s (ie 20 shillings = £1) ½ Gn was 10s 6d (10/6) So 18 ½ Gns = £18 8s 6d Wolfe and Hollander Wolfe and Hollander was established at 220 Tottenham Court Road in 1903. The Bromley branch was located at 46-52 High Street, Bromley. The image below is taken from the Francis…

Getting an Air Raid Shelter at Low Cost during the Battle of Britain

This advert for a concrete air raid shelter appeared in the Bromley & District Times at the start of the Battle of Britain, in July 1940. Effective Shelter at Low Cost Concrete offers the maximum  protection from blast and splinters at lowest cost. We manufacture a practical Domestic Shelter for six persons for easy erection by one man at £9’15’0. the Complete set of units (ex works). Trade terms to builders. Complete schemes for industrialists speedily carried out at a love all-in cost.  Six standard types will accommodation up to 50…

Keston’s Home industry: Fruit Preserving in War-Time

There are few more interesting branches of war service than the homely fruit preserving work which is being undertaken by the eight Women’s Institutes forming the Bromley District. The headquarters of the movement at Little Orchard, Keston, have been rented from the proprietors of Heathfield School, and consists of nearly all the ground floor, which in addition to several large rooms has a number of pantries, cupboards, and storerooms admirably suited to the purpose. A visit was paid by a representative of the Kentish Times, who was amazed at the…

New Maternity Wing Opens at Farnborough Hospital in 1940

Remember a time when we were allowed flowers in the wards? At the outbreak of World War 2 in 1939, the Farnborough Hospital joined the Emergency Medical Service (EMS) and became known as the Farnborough Emergency Hospital under the control of Guy’s Hospital in London.  In anticipation for air-raid casualties, a number of marquees were erected to temporarily provide extra accommodation while a dozen wooden hut wards were being built in the gardens and orchards.  During this time the Hospital had around 1,200 beds, which were ready to receive casualties from Dunkirk and…

Air Fight over the Channel – July 1940

War news which featured in the Bromley & District Times newspaper on 19th July 1940 (page 5) Five Bombers and One Fighter Shot Down Enemy aircraft which were attacking shipping in the Straits of Dover early on Monday evening were interrupted and five, one fighter and four bombers were shot down into the sea by our fighters.  In addition an enemy bomber was shot down by anti aircraft fire.One of our fighters was lost. The Air Military also announced in a later communique that three British fighters in all were…

Do you like the boots? Bon Marché fashion

This advert for the Bon Marché store in Brixton appeared in the Bromley & District Times in early January 1917.   The cost of ladies boots was 12s (shillings) 11d (pence), which, if I remember correctly, is about 65p in today’s money! However, when you think that some families had to manage on £1 (20 shillings) was a lot of money for a working class woman! Brixton’s Bon Marché department store opened in 1877.  It claimed to be the first purpose built department store in the UK and was the brainchild…