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Local Names for Birds Kerstin Richter is researching a PhD at the University of Regensburg, Bavaria. Her subject centres around the English linguistics of historical/local bird names and their present day use. If anyone uses local names for birds please get in touch with Kerstin - Kerstin.Richter@stud.uni-regensburg.de Saturday, 13 January 2018 

IMAGES OF LORRIES RUN BY HARBER OF HORTON KIRBY & BROWN OF PRIORY LANE, EYNSFORD Allan, an old motor vehicle historian, is researching the Harber family and its vehicles of the 1920s and 1930s - they worked the gravel pits at Horton Kirby and on the Farningham bypass. In the 1940s the Harber business combined with the Brown haulage business. Any help to find images of Harber and Brown vehicles would be appreciated.Friday, 6 October 2017 

THOMAS WOOD & SONS LTD. CROCKENHILL: Engineers & general contractors 1861-2017 by Dr Susan Pittman. An well illustrated book for anyone interested in the village, or who has nostalgic feelings about the Age of Steam. This business ran steam road roller, ploughing, threshing and traction engines into the 2nd half of the C20th - and still retains the Victorian workshops and 2 steam engines. £10 + £1.50 p&p, from Dr Susan Pittman, 27 Old Chapel Road, Crockenhill, Swanley BR8 8LLSunday, 26 March 2017 

ARTHUR MEE - A BIOGRAPHY by Keith Crawford A new book published by Lutterworth Press, paperback £18.57 (also available PDF, EPUB, Kindle forms). A biography of journalist and children's editor and writer, Arthur Mee (1875-1943). The biography draws on about 700 letters sent by Mee to his friend, John Derry, and letters between Mee and Alfred Harmsworth. The book aims to place Mee within the wider cultural, political and social context of England (c.1900-1943). Sunday, 31 July 2016 

TRUSTEES REPORT OF FELHS The trustees of FELHS prepare a Trustees' Annual Report and Accounts each year. The Report describes the aims and organisation of the Society and reports its activities during the year. Copies of the reports for the two years to 30 November 2016 are available to the public on request. If you would like a copy of a report, please write to: Rick Clayton, Boyne House, High Street, Eynsford DA4 0AA. Friday, 25 March 2016 

1st WORLD WAR LORRIES (CORRECTION) See WW1 on Home Page - 4 lorries, the first owned by Crockenhill farmers, are displayed under FARMING. Peter has given the following identifications - (1) Not a Commer, perhaps a Palladium; (2) Not a Dennis, but ex-War Department Leyland; (3) is a Hallford; (4) not a Federal but a Hallford. Monday, 15 February 2016 

Artist surname 'Bosworth', 1890s Stephen has a watercolour of Eynsford Bridge, and wanted information about the artist.Wednesday, 27 May 2015 

Reeves at Pedham Place Alec is trying to identify recently inherited family photographs. The Reeves family lived at Pedham Place, Farningham, in the mid C19th. A photo of Pedham Place is needed to match against Alec's collectionWednesday, 27 May 2015 

John Walter and connection with Hart Dyke family of Lullingstone Castle requested Elizabeth nee Brasier m.1st Edward Walter, 2nd John Hilliam in 1780, in her will appointed Sir John Dixon Dyke and Thomas Dyke as trustees and guardians of her son John Walter. Ken wanted to know what the connection between Elizabeth and the Dykes might have been. Tuesday, 10 September 2013 

Crooks family of Eynsford Request for memories of the family who were members of the Eynsford Allotment Holders and Gardeners' Association in the 1940s. Thursday, 27 September 2012 

Wesleyan Chapel, Farningham Any information on the Wesleyan Chapel built in 1850 by William Moore, at the top of London Road. This later became the headquarters of the Farningham Division of St. John's Ambulance. Dates of closure for both requestedThursday, 27 September 2012 

BBC news article about Eynsford Hill: home to Arther Mee Eynsford Hill was built by Arthur Mee and his friend George Bernard Shaw named the Eynsford Hill family after the property. Click here to watch it Friday, 6 August 2010 

Farningham Home for Little Boys Although named 'Farningham' the Home was not in the parish. For information about the home and its boys contact The Office, Southdown Retirement Village, South Darenth, 01322 864279. new publication - The Farningham Home for Little Boys compiled by James Jenkins, available from Horton Kirby and South Darenth LHS Tuesday, 20 July 2010 

ANOTHER SITE WITH WAR NAMES FOR FARNINGHAM Memorial inscriptions to members of the armed forces from Farningham who died in the two world wars with biographical details, and stories of the battles in which they fought can be found on the Kent Archaeological website - www.kentarchaeology.org.uk/ResearchMonday, 18 January 2010 

Names on Farningham 1st and 2nd World War memorial Kyle Tallett, a First World War historian, whose family originated from Farningham has researched the names on the war memorial. His research is available on his website: www.royalnavaldivision.co.uk He has given the Society a CD copy of his work. Friday, 1 February 2008 

THE FAMILIAR RED POST BOX by AUDREY GEE This publication gives a background to the subject and then covers the history of the post offices and post boxes of Eynsford and Farningham with coloured photographs of each one. Available through FELHS (see Publication page of website) £1.50 + 50p postage Sunday, 7 October 2007 

FARNINGHAM and its MILL - by Hilary Harding has been published. This detective story of Farningham's history includes tales of treason, murder, scandal and highway robbery, wills, deeds, inventories and the work and lives of local people up to the present day. Subscription price £20. Contact Wadard Books, 6 High Street, Farningham, Kent DA4 0DG. Sunday, 3 July 2005 

SEARCH OF FARNINGHAM, EYNSFORD & LULLINGSTONE CHURCH REGISTERS; GETTING REGISTRY CERTIFICATES; ONE PAGE OF CENSUS AND COPIES OF PCC WILLS Stella Baggaley is willing to look up specific entries or simple queries from the transcripts of baptisms, marriages and burials from earliest records up to the 1970s, free of charge. She will also order and send out birth, marriage and death certificates (£7 each + £2 handling cost + A4 stamped addressed envelope. She will also arrange for a print-out of one page for any census, 1841-1911, which includes a named individual at £2 charge. PCC wills can be searched and copies obtained, cost is per sheet and Stella will inform enquirer of charge before print-out. stella.baggaley05@btinternet.com Wednesday, 12 January 2005 

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