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Suburb · Barnes Cray · DA1 ·
December
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2020

Barnes Cray is located on the Greater London border with Kent, bordering Dartford.

Barnes Cray is named for the Barne family, who owned land here in the mid-18th century.

Up until the Victorian era it was a hamlet a kilometre downstream of Crayford where no more than sixteen homes were clustered. A calico-printing works drew water power from the culverted River Wansunt in early Victorian times, being later adapted for the manufacture of rubber goods, then felt and finally Brussels carpets. This carpet mill was demolished by 1890 and Barnes Cray House, the next largest building, was cleared by 1933, ending its days as a nursing home.

The remnants of the settlement became absorbed into Crayford with the building of a garden village to facilitate the expansion of Vickers’ armaments factory during the 1915 to 1919 period. Six hundred cottages were built in a variety of styles.

In 1920 the area became part of the Crayford Urban District of Kent (having previously been in Dartford Rural District).

Following World War I, Crayford Urban District Council erected further housing estates to the north, eventually merging with estates spreading southwards from Erith. In 1965, under the London Government Act 1963, the urban district was abolished and its area transferred to Greater London to form part of the present-day London Borough of Bexley.

The Geoffrey Whitworth Theatre is in Barnes Cray.




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Bob Land   
Added: 29 Jun 2022 13:20 GMT   

Map legends
Question, I have been looking at quite a few maps dated 1950 and 1900, and there are many abbreviations on the maps, where can I find the lists to unravel these ?

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Bob Land

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Alison   
Added: 26 Jun 2022 18:20 GMT   

On the dole in north London
When I worked at the dole office in Medina Road in the 1980s, "Archway" meant the social security offices which were in Archway Tower at the top of the Holloway Road. By all accounts it was a nightmare location for staff and claimants alike. This was when Margaret Thatcher’s government forced unemployment to rise to over 3 million (to keep wages down) and computerised records where still a thing of the future. Our job went from ensuring that unemployed people got the right sort and amount of benefits at the right time, to stopping as many people as possible from getting any sort of benefit at all. Britain changed irrevocably during this period and has never really recovered. We lost the "all in it together" frame of mind that had been born during the second world war and became the dog-eat-dog society where 1% have 95% of the wealth and many people can’t afford to feed their children. For me, the word Archway symbolises the land of lost content.

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Jack Wilson   
Added: 21 Jun 2022 21:40 GMT   

Penfold Printers
I am seeking the location of Penfold Printers Offices in Dt Albans place - probably about 1870 or so

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Lived here
   
Added: 19 Jun 2022 16:58 GMT   

Runcorn Place, W11
Runcorn place

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Added: 30 May 2022 19:03 GMT   

The Three Magpies
Row of houses (centre) was on Heathrow Rd....Ben’s Cafe shack ( foreground ) and the Three Magpies pub (far right) were on the Bath Rd

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Watts   
Added: 17 May 2022 20:29 GMT   

Baeethoven St School, also an Annex for Paddington College of FE.
In the early 70’s I took a two year science course at Paddington CFE. The science classes were held on weekday evenings at Beethoven Street school, overseen by chemistry teacher, Mr Tattershall.

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Added: 25 Apr 2022 22:11 GMT   

Southover, N12
Everyone knows Central Woodside is the place to be. Ever since kdog moved from finchtown, Woodside has been thriving.

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Born here
Bernard Miller   
Added: 12 Apr 2022 17:36 GMT   

My mother and her sister were born at 9 Windsor Terrace
My mother, Millie Haring (later Miller) and her sister Yetta Haring (later Freedman) were born here in 1922 and 1923. With their parents and older brother and sister, they lived in two rooms until they moved to Stoke Newington in 1929. She always said there were six rooms, six families, a shared sink on the first floor landing and a toilet in the backyard.

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NEARBY LOCATIONS OF NOTE
Barnes Cray Barnes Cray is located on the Greater London border with Kent, bordering Dartford.

THE STREETS OF BARNES CRAY
Ambrose Close, DA1 Ambrose Close is a road in the DA1 postcode area
Barnes Cray Road, DA1 Barnes Cray Road is a road in the DA1 postcode area
Beech Walk, DA1 Beech Walk is part of the Barnes Cray Estate.
Beult Road, DA1 Beult Road is a road in the DA1 postcode area
Bramley Place, DA1 Bramley Place is a road in the DA1 postcode area
Cheswick Close, DA1 Cheswick Close is a road in the DA1 postcode area
Cray Close, DA1 Cray Close is a road in the DA1 postcode area
Crayford Way, DA1 Crayford Way was built by the Vickers company for its munitions factory workers.
Eardemont Close, DA1 Eardemont Close is a road in the DA1 postcode area
Farm Place, DA1 Farm Place is a road in the DA1 postcode area
Glebelands, DA1 Glebelands is a road in the DA1 postcode area
Green Walk, DA1 Green Walk runs parallel with Crayford Way.
Hubbard Close, DA1 Hubbard Close is a location in London.
Iron Mill Lane, DA1 Iron Mill Lane is named after a mill that made plate for Elizabethan armour.
Iron Mill Place, DA1 A street within the DA1 postcode
Kennet Road, DA1 Kennet Road is a road in the DA1 postcode area
Maiden Lane, DA1 Maiden Lane has farm buildings and cottages to its south that may be over 300 years old.
Mayplace Avenue, DA1 Mayplace Avenue is a road in the DA1 postcode area
Medway Road, DA1 Medway Road is a road in the DA1 postcode area
Mill Place, DA1 Mill Place is a road in the DA1 postcode area
Oak Close, DA1 Oak Close is a road in the DA1 postcode area
Old Farm Offices, DA1 A street within the DA1 postcode
Optima Park, DA1 A street within the DA1 postcode
Peppiatt Close, DA1 A street within the DA1 postcode
Ravensbourne Road, DA1 A street within the DA1 postcode
Rectory Close, DA1 Rectory Close is a road in the DA1 postcode area
Russell Close, DA1 Russell Close is a road in the DA1 postcode area
Samas Way, DA1 Samas Way is a road in the DA1 postcode area
School Crescent, DA1 School Crescent is a road in the DA1 postcode area
Shuttle Road, DA1 Shuttle Road is a road in the DA1 postcode area
Siddeley Road, DA1 A street within the DA1 postcode
Stanham Place, DA1 Stanham Place is a road in the DA1 postcode area
Stour Road, DA1 Stour Road is a road in the DA1 postcode area
Swale Road, DA1 Swale Road is a road in the DA1 postcode area
Thames Road, DA1 Thames Road is a road in the DA1 postcode area
The Rise, DA1 The Rise was build as part of a First World War garden estate.
Thomas Road, DA1 Thomas Road is a road in the DA1 postcode area
Thomas Road, DA8 Thomas Road is a road in the DA8 postcode area
Village Green Road, DA1 Village Green Road is a road in the DA1 postcode area
Vimy Way, DA1 A street within the DA1 postcode
Virginia Court, DA1 A street within the DA1 postcode
Virginia Road, DA1 A street within the DA1 postcode
Woodfall Drive, DA1 Woodfall Drive is a road in the DA1 postcode area
Woollett Close, DA1 A street within the DA1 postcode
Wynns Avenue, DA15 Wynns Avenue is a location in London.

THE PUBS OF BARNES CRAY
Royal British Legion Club This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.




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Barnes Cray House (1919). That year, the Princesses Theatre reopened after the First World War and celebrations held at Barnes Cray House.
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