History of Hayes

All these events and changes, including the coming of the railway in the 1880s and the impact of the war, are captured in two volumes of Hayes History, copies of which can be found in our local libraries, together with a film which also seeks to reflect the local interest and the memories that link to its past through interviews with local people is also available.

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For a large part of its history Hayes was a settled community, but as elsewhere in the UK the last 100 years have seen large change. The country estates have made way for the new housing estates and suburban life. The country manor, Hayes Place, which was on the opposite side of the road to St Mary’s Church, was demolished in 1933. Pickhurst Manor was also demolished.

These pages are dedicated to all the residents of West Wickham and Hayes in the South East Region of Kent. Oral History is supported and sponsored by clubs and businesses in the local community.  The Friends of West Wickham Library ensure personal details of those wishing to become involved are kept private unless otherwise stated.

We would like to hear from you

Contact us on handsonhistory@outlook.com or call on 020 8462 2822

Hayes Hayes Hill Estate Pickhurst Manor is demolished Hayes Station Bombing 99th Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery, at Hayes Common in Kent, May 1940 Hayes Station 1929

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Pictures from the Past

Mr.Bill Tonkin, an avid collector of old postcards, has given us the chance to view Hayes at the start of the 1900s onwards.  Click picture to view the history of the school.

Pickhurst Manor

Pickhurst Manor

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Baston Farmhouse Ivy Cottage

Baston Farm House (Baston School)

Ivy Cottage

Coopers Cottages

Coopers Cottages

The Pond

The Pond

Bason House

Baston House Hayes Common

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