In September 1940, at the start of the Blitz, a German 500kg landmine was dropped by parachute in the field alongside the lower end of Rushmore Hill, causing extensive damage to several houses. Margaret, daughter of Cyril and Amy Fowler who lived in the house from 1930 to 1955, kindly lent this and other fascinating photos.
A few weeks ago some proposed changes to Biggin Hill Chapel were passed by the Council. Some people are continuing to object to these proposals and a group has been formed, ‘Biggin Hill Chapel Action Group’. They had a first meeting two weeks ago, which was well attended. The second meeting is on 30 May 7.30 pm at the Biggin Hill WI hall, Lebanon Gardens, Biggin Hill and because all the candidates have been invited it technically has become a ‘hustings’
These flint tools were found in the garden of Chelsfield Grange. The two smaller items, an arrowhead and a small blade, are obviously made by a skilled knapper. The larger items, a hand axe and a scraper, are less obviously man-made but, on closer inspection, they each fit snugly into the right hand, shaped to allow the index finger and thumb to grip them fimly while scraping hide from meat. The white skin, or cortex, of the flint has been left to provide a comfortable surface to fit into the palm. The cutting edges have chips knocked off all the way along on each side. From similar items found in southern England they would appear to be about 8000 years old in what would have been the Mesolithic (Middle Stone Age) in this region, before the advent of farming from the Middle East. At that time Britain was still (just) attached to the Continent, allowing humans and animals to migrate freely.
Sue Short has sent in some amazing photos of the field behind her house, known as Longbottom (the field not the house) with a “river” flowing through it. Dry valleys such as the one we live in have not had rivers in them since the end of the last ice age about ten thousand years ago!
Sue has provided a series of extra articles, including wartime reminiscences of Marion Clapson, on our History page…
UPDATE: All copies of Sue’s book are now sold.