Lest We Forget Beckenham and the Great War by Pat Manning and Ian Muir is a tribute to Beckenham's people who lost their lives in WWI. The cover design is Tim Feltham's interpretation of the unveiling of the War Memorial on 24 July 1921. ISBN 978 0 7552 0746 6 Also in e-book format published by Authors-on-Line.
This book was compiled for the Friends of the recreation ground in celebration of its 120 years existence in 2011. It includes a taste of history, a month by month record of the most notable trees and shrubs through the year, all in full colour, three walks to identify the trees and shrubs with plans of the shrubberies and a Latin/ common name index.
This book celebrated the 90th anniversary in 2009 of the present Langley Park School for Girls that started as the Beckenham County School for Girls in Lennard Rd, Beckenham in 1919. It describes the school's 9 decades, 8 school House changes, 7 Headmistresses,, six summer dresses, 5 names for the school, 4 reigns, 3 school badges, 2 locations BUT just one school howbeit never quite large enough.
Out of Print; They sometimes appear on Amazon books.
Populated from the late Bronze Age, the area of Monks Orchard & Eden park was favoured for its gentle wooded hills and numerous north-flowing rivers. Then in the late 1700s, its proximity to London began to draw rich landowners keen to establish their mansions here to the Manors of Beckenham and Foxgrove to the north and the estates of Burrell and Langley to the south. The beginning of the 20th century saw the demise of the large houses and the spread of our present housing estates over former park and farm lands, producing the kind of environment where families have chosen to stay. This hard cover book of 160 pages is permanently out of print and only a few copies remain in stock.
Out of Print; copies stocked by Bromley Local Studies Library
Today Beckenham is one of the five districts comprising the London Borough of Bromley but from 1935 to 1965 it was a borough in its own right, running its own affairs. It had an exceptional fire service that was recognised during the London blitz as much better than those of the surrounding districts. Ironically this led to the eventual amalgamation of all those districts into the London Boroughs and Beckenham's consequent loss of control of its own affairs. A chapter is allocated to each of the Beckenham mayors and space given to some of the outstanding personalities of the time.
This book tells the story of life on the Home Front in Beckenham and Penge during WWII through the eyes of local people who have contributed their memories. Their brief sketches throw a brilliant light on the courage and perseverance of the people. Fireman's widow Mollie Bowles says 'I think we were all aware of the danger the firemen faced. The bombs fell virtually every night and the men were constantly on duty tackling fires, saving people. Beckenham was directly in the flight path to London and the planes used to fly over all the time.'
Beckenham Green occupies an area of two acres of open land near Beckenham Junction station. This oasis of calm was created from the destruction caused by two flying bombs in July 1944 and the post-war havoc that thwarted efforts to rebuild what had been the shopping centre of Beckenham for the previous 40 years. The book's 36 pages contain many images and in addition there are 4 pages in full colour in the centre.
The separate publications of Beckenham's roads, Rivers and Memorials were out of print by 2008 and so I decided to combine them in a Trilogy that has been well received. Beckenham's Conservation Areas has been added to the section on Roads, the map of the Rivers appears on the back cover and the Memorials section has been extended to include Beckenham's Blue Plaques, the notables Robert Borrowman, Charlie Hoare, Percy Jones, the Bakers, Arthur and Alfred and the families Crease and Manger.
The Harvington Estate on South Eden Park Rd, Beckenham, grew from a mainly Victorian group of large houses with their stables and entrance lodges that were built in the 1870s. There were also two earlier houses constructed in about 1834 to the north. These were Eden Lodge and Eden Cottage, later called Eden Manor. Of these seven houses only one, Oakfield, remains today although there are four of the lodges; the gate lodge of Eden Lodge, Harvington, Homewood and Chalfont.
This is a family history book written by André Perfect and me. It represents some 20 years research of the name Perfect (Parfitt) and similar spellings of the name that originated as Parfait in France. French Protestants fled to England in three waves in 1572, 1598 and 1685, arriving in the SW, Kent and Norfolk. Many owners of the name Perfect or those like me who have found the name somewhere in their genealogy, have submitted their stories to us. The book contains over 60 family trees and is copiously illustrated with family photographs and Andrés cartoons. Another origin of the name could be from the 15th century ?perfecters? who hand finished the early printed books. Many Perfect people have contributed their family histories to this book which will interest you if you are Perfect too.
Quaker John Cator from Ross on Wye rose to financial success in London as a timber merchant in Bankside, Southwark and acceptance in the world of the landed gentry for his descendants by means of increasingly favourable marriages. John retired to Bromley in about 1762 and it was his son John who expanded the family estates, acquiring land in Beckenham that was eventually used for the building of superior houses on what became the carefully laid out Cator Estate. The choice of Betty Cator by Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon as one of her eight bridesmaids on the occasion of her marriage to the future King, the Duke of Kent, shows a measure of the family?s success in climbing the social ladder.