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Historic maps of St Mary Cray and the local area, hand-drawn by Ordnance Survey and Samuel Lewis.   View all St Mary Cray maps

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Memories of St Mary Cray

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Tulips From St Mary Cray

Poverest Road c1955, St Mary Cray
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I lived in Station Road no 24 i had the Surname Sheppard back then i moved to the area back in 1964 or thereabouts,went to Leeson's Hill primary school my neighbours to the right were the Sturge family i cannot remember who lived to the left of us remember playing down by the river at the end of our alley a whole croud of us kids would paddle in the river there and in those days it was freezing,no matter how hot the Summer was we enjoyed it also the river was quite alot deeper than it is today at the end of the dirt road by the river in those days was a field full of the most beautiful tulips you could imagine i remember them being only Red and Yellow though,the field was actually owned by a Dutch couple,it was opposite Meadowview we as kids used to always go and play up the "Sandbanks" as we used to call it in those days they were based under the... Read more

St Paul's Cray 1970

Poverest Road c1955, St Mary Cray
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I have great memories of growing up in Normanhurst Road - have been in Australia since turning 21. Going down the road to the brook, catching newts and minnows, walking up the hill to go to Walsingham School. Buying fireworks from the toy shop at Cotmandene Crescent. I'm pretty sure I could still name most of the shops in the 70's. As I got older remember drinking at the Bull pub, St Mary's Cray.

Memories From my Parents During WW2

Poverest Road c1955, St Mary Cray
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My parents Leo Landy and Mary Casey, then engaged, were coming back from Petts Wood in the evening when the bombs started falling, they began to run, but my mother started having hysterics and my father had to slap her round the face to calm her down. They ran to Bluefield Terrace where my mother lived with her parents. Another recollection, during a time when the air raid warning was going off, my father went into my grandparents kitchen, no one had bothered to go to the shelter as they hadn't heard anything as my mother was trying to make icing sugar out of sugar cubes, banging them on the wooden kitchen table with a rolling pin.

Up And Down PoverestRoad

Poverest Road c1955, St Mary Cray
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When my wife & I were courting I walked up and down Poverest Road many times. She lived at 1 Forest Way at the top of Poverest. I lived in St Pauls Cray. It was such a serious courtship that I was out in all weathers and at all times of the night. I knew that route house by house and stone by stone. In May this year we celebrated our 50th anniversary. We no longer walk Poverest Road as we live in Prescott Valley, Arizona. But who knows one day we may take trip back if I can get my wife on a plane. You can go back in time.

Snellings The Butchers

Marion Crescent c1955, St Mary Cray
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Not so much as a memory but an observation. The butchers shop shown in foreground - Snellings - is still there and the board to the front of the railings had what was on that week at the local cinema - The Commodore, long since demolished.

Kent memories

Around The Chalk Pit

I lived at 1 St. George's Close, off Chalk Pit Avenue from 1946 to 1954. At first, the Chalk Pit was still there, as was the Oast House, where the shops are now on the corner of Chalk Pit Avenue and Main Road. I first went to St. Paulinus Infant School, next to what was then St. Paulinus Church in Main Road and then to St. Paul's Cray Rectory Paddock Junior school, which, at the time, was old Nissan Huts. Each surrounded by a brick wall and, presumably previously an old Army depot of some sort. The chalk pit and oast house provided great adventure playgrounds for the local kids. From St. George's Close, you could look across the Cray Valley and see virtually nothing but corn fields, later all housing estates. The top end of Chalk Pit Avenue petered out into a dirt track by what was known as 'The Clump', a stand of trees on the right hand side. There were then open fields and a little further... Read more

The Boys Brigade, Congregational Church

Hello, I often recall living on St Paul's Cray and the happy times at the Church fellowship. The Boys Brigade was my speciality. Well, I am doing fine here in Yorkshire and retired from both Health and Social Services following much success. Does anyone recall those days of the 60's and do we know each other from then?

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