Glimpse history through old images of Bexleyheath, in Greater London.
Bexley used to be part of Kent, but is now a London borough in south-east London, forming part of Outer London. The borough’s main settlements are Bexleyheath, Sidcup, Erith, Crayford, Welling and Old Bexley.
Borough Charter Celebrations 1937
In 1937, the urban district of Bexley received its charter of incorporation as a borough.
At the borough boundary of Pinnacle Hill in Bexleyheath, the Mayor received Lord Cornwallis.
Even larger crowds gathered at Bexleyheath’s Danson Park, where a long procession of scouts is followed by a small group of dignitaries.
Lord Cornwallis greets a line of ex-servicemen. Given the date, presumably these are survivors of World War I.
Then they greet the chief officials of the council. After speeches, Lord Cornallis presents the Charter to the Mayor.
Hundreds of local people are seen in this short film.
Bexley Charter Celebrations (1937) – British Pathé on Youtube
This look back at Bexleyheath’s Broadway was originally created to show how the 1980s street was different from previous decades. But of course the 1980s images have themselved turned into a time piece.
The images are accompanied by a 1980s narration by the late Norman Eastes, a local man with a passion for Bexleyheath’s local history.
Bexleyheath Broadway Now and Then part1 – Martin Barnes on YouTube