Memories of Dartford

Dartford Heath.

Does anybody remember the Glory Bumps on the Heath? For those who don't they were a series of parallel trenches which had presumably been dug by Archeologists in the past. We as kids used to ride our bikes over the humps which remained, often resulting in 'head-on' collisions. I had been to the Heath on the day that sweet ...Read full memory

A memory of Dartford by Mike Hyland

Dartford Families

Hello to all, just a quick message asking for assistance. I am from a family line that dates back to Dartford pre-1830s. If anyone has any information on any of the following Dartford families, I would love to hear form you, as I am completely stuck on my family tree: - Page (Thomas Page 1744-1821) - Carly(Carley) ...Read full memory

A memory of Dartford by Darren Johnson

Mills Grocers

Does any one remember me? John from Norman Mills the grocers I work there for 50 years It was one of the very last real grocers in the town. It was the first shop to sell frozen foods, and the first Health food store in the area. Well known for their (taste and try before you buy). There was a wonderful window display at ...Read full memory

A memory of Dartford by johnrank

West Hill Lodge

Does anyone remember West Hill Lodge, the house on the corner of Stanham Road and Dartford Road, with wonderful fake Elizabethan chimneys? I lived there from 1950 until 1961, when sadly my father sold it, with the two houses next door, to a property developer, and now you have a lot more houses around Acworth PLace. Mrs ...Read full memory

A memory of Dartford by Rosie Nunn

Elm Road

I was born in Elm road Dartford. The lady that lived in our house before us pinched other people's cats. My mother told me that the police called at our house several times when cats went missing. Is there anyone who would remember this ? It was in the early 60's.

A memory of Dartford

Dartford Heath

I lived with my family at 19, Blackmans Close, Dartford in the late 1940's. As kids we spent a lot of time at Dartford Heath. After the war I remember seeing nissan huts for German prisoners of war at the Heath. I recall seeing paintings of cartoon characters on the walls. I have made a few enquiries, but no one seems to ...Read full memory

A memory of Dartford by Barb Lucey


Is West Hill Hospital still at the top of West Hill? And do some of you remember the trams going from the Dartford libary and up West Hill? I cannot remember how far they went to.

A memory of Dartford by Danny Bowman

Murder .(Who Did It}

Our family lodged with a Mrs Cotter at XX Dartford Road during the 1940s.After leaving her home I used to visit her and often notice she had bruises on her.Then one day in 1946 we were in Margate on a day trip and the newspaper seller was calling out Woman found dead in a cupboard. When we returned home we found that Mrs ...Read full memory

A memory of Dartford by johnrank

West Hill School

I also went to West Hill School in 1940 to 1945 and remember Mrs Fidgen, Miss Adams and Mr Ward the head master who would cane a naughty child in front of the whole school. The air raid shelters were found again a few years ago when they were enlarging the car park. I have a photo of the steps going down into the shelter which ...Read full memory

A memory of Dartford by johnrank

Moreland Ave

Yes I remember the V2 rocket that came down in Moreland Ave.I had just returned from the air raid shelter when the siren went again, we did not have time to go to the shelter again.I was in bed and when I pulled the bed covers back the room was full of dust and the windows were broken, this was at 138 Dartford Road. The V2 rocket ...Read full memory

A memory of Dartford by johnrank

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