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South Darenth maps

Historic maps of South Darenth and the local area, hand-drawn by Ordnance Survey and Samuel Lewis.   View all South Darenth maps

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Memories of South Darenth

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Little Boys Home, South Darenth

My two great uncles were at Horton Kirby Home in 1880's, aged 6 and 10. The 6 year old died of pneumonia there, and the 10 year old went into the army when he was of age. He eventually emigrated to Canada.

Housemother Known as Teddy Edwards

I went as assistant housemother in No.4 in 1944 and stayed there as housemother in No.9 until1947. I would like to hear from a boy who was there at that time. I am now 93 but can still remember going to Somerset with the boys and we brought back a little kitten called, Teddy Compton. I do not know if there are any boys still interested. We had a great party after the war was over, with a bonfire in the playground.


Approx 1955 my mum was a housemother, Pam Parkinson. We went to school in a white double decker bus and scrumped in the farm, fished in the creek down the hill. I want to contact boys who were living there at the time. Good memories. My sister and dad were there as well. We are in Australia, mobile 0418120229.

South Darenth Home For Homeless Boys

My grandfather was registered at the South Darenth Home for Homeless Boys in 1911. His name was Eric Joseph Ormiston. Does anyone know if there are records for the home that would tell me why he was there and when he arrived and left?


Farningham Home For Little Boys

Hello, my name is Fred Clarke. I was at the boys' home in the middle 1940s, also my brother Daniel Clarke was there at the same time. The house I lived in was run by a lady we called Nana Crane. I went to the school at the home and I also was a member of the choir in the chapel. I became head choir boy. My brother did an apprenticeship in the tailor's shop, I used to attend classes in the printing shop. We used to go to Dover in the summer to a boys' camp on the southern heights, and play in the underground tunnels. It was very scary. If you have memories of these times please contact me, you can email to:      
I look forward to sharing these times with you.
Thank you,
NOBBY CLARKE. TEL 01252314668

Children's Home.

I have been researching my family tree and have found from the 1901 Census that my great-uncle Frederick J Voller was an inmate at the 'Home for Homeless Little Boys'. This was in the parish of Horton Kirby St. Mary, South Darenth. He was sent here alone at the age of twelve despite having eight siblings, following the death of his father aged just thirty-eight years. I wonder what kind of life Frederick had at Horton Kirby and if he was taught a trade so that he could make his own way in the world. Does anyone else recall stories about the 'Home for Homeless Little Boys? It must have played a large part in the local community at that time.

Kent memories

After School

The Ford c1960, Sutton At Hone
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This little ford and bridge over the silver Darent river was, and still is, my favorite place in England. When I attended the Sutton at Hone Primary School in 1947 -1953 we often took nature walks down the gravel path beside the old Village Hall. The narrow lane led through large Horse Chestnut trees on the right (still there) and a high bushy hedge on the left. The path was stoney with large flints sticking up everyhwere. After about a hundred yards we came to the ford and single wooden plank bridge. Crossing the bridge we came to the watercress beds built by the Romans and on to the site of the Roman Villa. After school I often took that same path home to Hawley. I would stand alone on that bridge for a long time - it was so peaceful there. I would then walk home through Darenth village past the Chequers Inn and across the fields to Hawley. Although I live in America now I always visit the... Read more

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