Friends of West Wickham Library

WEST WICKHAM

and hayes

Our Forgotten Voices

In association with Spring Park Film Makers

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.

Oral Histories of West Wickham

Miss Hatt of Wickham Chase remembers.

When we first came here West Wickham was in the throws of being built up all over the place.  It was a very quiet village in those days and Wickham Chase turned out of Pickhurst Rise. I remember the funeral of Gypsie Lee.

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Rosemary Hatt

Funeral of Gypsy Lee


Peggy Spencer remembers her father-in-law George Spencer a builder in West Wickham.

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Rosemary Morgan tells her story of her time at Allied HQ Kestral Grove near Bentley Priory which acted as the Headquarters of Fighter Command throughout the war and assumed additional importance as the planning headquarters for D-Day

Much of the detailed work was carried out at Kestrel Grove just a few hundred yards away - this building still stands and is now a retirement home.  Read on…….

Peggy Spencer

Memories Of Childhood In West Wickham 1913 - 1922

Mrs M.J.Dolman  Read on …..

Written in 1976, Mrs.Nellie Willshire remembers her childhood growing up in  West Wickham.              

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Memories from a neighbour.  

John Amos relates stories of Rose Cottages in Woodland Way and the memorial to Bertie Roberts.

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1935 Wickham Chase

Dr.Ron Cox remembers his childhood and school days in West Wickham.

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Pam Preedy remembers her childhood in West Wickham…….

Yew Tree  Cottage

Kent Road

Oral Histories

Margaret Garet - We were soon established at 102 Pickhurst Lane, Hayes, Bromley, Kent and then I remember the air raid ‘Warnings’ …..



Mrs.Johnstone. Before joining up my father had planted the vegetable plot in the house in Hayes with potatoes….


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WW2  Memories written by the public and gathered by the BBC

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