Memories of Dartford

Temple Hill Shops

My Grandmother and Grandfather had the hardware shop (Frost) for a long time. I remember going out with my Dad and my Grandfather on the paraffin round (Esso Blue and Pink) around Dartford. I was very young and found it great fun, but I will always have the smell of paraffin up my nose! When my Grandparents retired my Aunt ...Read full memory

A memory of Dartford by tjdodd

World War Two Memories

During the war I lived in the village of Lanes End (Darenth) just outside Dartford. I can't remember what year it was when we had a stick of bombs dropped across the village. One hit the Council stores, another at the top of Watchgate Rise, the last less than a hundred yards from our house. Mother had just picked up ...Read full memory

A memory of Dartford by Terry Waite

Early 1950s

I was born in Dartord where I lived in Stanham Road until I moved at the age of 9 years. Childhood friends I remember are Anthony Artist, Janet Cork, Michael Burville (not sure of spelling of surname). My next door neighbour was the Robbins family and my elder sister was friends with David Robbins whose father had a small garage ...Read full memory

A memory of Dartford by Roger Dadd

Fishing Tackle Shop Lowfield Street

I was born at Livingstone Hospital. My parents had the fishing tackle shop at 68 Lowfield Street, Dartford. Both my parents were on the Dartford and District Angling and Preverseavation Society Commity. It had fishing at Brooklands Lakes and Horton Kirby, later adding more fishing waters. My parents ...Read full memory

A memory of Dartford

The One Bell

Hi to all. The public house in the centre of town, where the policeman stood directing traffic was The One Bell. Next door was a shop called the Maypole and next to that was The Royal Victoria and Bull Hotel. Richard Trevithick (1771-1833) was a british engineer from Cornwall; a pioneer and inventor of the high pressure steam ...Read full memory

Our Ladys High School West Hill Dartford

I went to this school from 1954-1957 ish. My elder sister attended too. I did not enjoy anything, at the school, even less the two weeks spent as a border when my parents went on holiday. There was one nun that I liked. But that was about it. I remember concrete footings for I assume an extension, ...Read full memory

A memory of Dartford

Living In Dartford 1942 To 1953

I went to Our Ladies High School on Dartford Heath. I remember Sister Clare. I remember playing on Dartford Heath as our playground. I have gone back to look for the building in person, also on Google. I have not been able to find out much until I read your memories. I live in California, been in the states since ...Read full memory

A memory of Dartford by penysal

Downs Secondary Modern 1964

Hi all. I'm wondering if anyone remembers a student who went to Down Secondary Modern in the mid 60s called Patrick Mackay. He would have attended from approximately 1964. I am currently producing a documentary on him and am keen to speak to anyone who remembers him. I notice someone else has also posted a ...Read full memory

Fishing Tackle Shop

My first job when I left school was with JC Beadles in Spital Street. During my lunch break I would often wander along Lowfield St and well remember the Fishing Tackle shop. I had bought one of their 2 piece Bamboo rods complete with bakelite reel a few years previously, which I used to catch minnows at Horton Kirby. I ...Read full memory

A memory of Dartford by Mike Hyland

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

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