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24 Jan 1920 Ladies Club Gravesend Reporter
Ladies club meeting with much success

31 Jan 1920 Pigs for Sale KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
"Middle white store pigs, 14 weeks; and Leghorn Cockerels - Harris, Hartley Drive (sic), Longfield."

27 Feb 1920 Hartley Primary School Sevenoaks Chronicle
Favourable report on fabric of Hartley School by KCC architect (details)

13 Mar 1920 Glenhome for Sale Maidstone Telegraph
"For sale by private treaty. A very charming smallholding situate on the Fairby Farm Estate, Fawkham, Hartley, Kent, comprising a convenient and well built dwelling house, known as Glenhome and nearly 5 acres of first class arable land, fully developed as a market garden and planted with the choicest fruit trees in full bearing. This most desirable property adjoins the main road, and is within easy distance of London, Gravesend, Rochester and chatham. To view apply to the tenant, Mr Mark Webb, and for selling price and all further particulars to Stilling, Ker & Duckworth, Surveyors, The Mart, Bridgwater."

27 Mar 1920 Old Downs for Sale Times
Old Downs for sale with 22½ acres, description

27 Mar 1920 Bees etc For Sale KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
"For sale, Stonehouse 30 gallon Barrow Sprayer with lance, hose and nozzles, complete; practically new - Scott, Fairby Grange, Hartley, Longfield, Kent."

"For sale. Apiary of 26 colonies, 24 hives of standard pattern, 12 frame size and interchangeable; also general equipment of frams, shallow supers, excluders, refiners, feedera and reversible extractor; purchaser to remove - Scott, Fairby, Hartley, Longfield, Kent."

"Four stocks of bees, six hives, quantity of extra fittings. Veil, bellows, glass honey jars etc - Villarosa, Hartley, Longfield, Kent."

Greenhouse Pipes, 150 ft (about), 3in pipes at Longfield Village Club. Offers wanted - HC Hickmott, Hon Sec, Longfield, Kent."

Servants wanted

"Wanted cook and under-housemaid - Apply Mrs Lowis, Old Downs, Hartley, Longfield."

03 Apr 1920 Poultry House for Sale Maidstone Telegraph
"Poultry House 30ft by 12ft by 9?ft high in front, ¾in boarding; rubberoid covered £10, purchaser to take down and clear - Weston, Irene House, Hartley, Longfield, Kent."

Similar ad in Gravesend Messenger 20.3.1920 also mentions rabbits - pair prize Polish, 25s pair; English Buck and Doe, prize strain, 25s pair.

17 Apr 1920 Local News in Brief Gravesend Reporter
(1) Dartford RDC - improvements to Ash-Longfield Road; (2) Advert for sale of building land at Merton Avenue & Woodland Avenue

24 Apr 1920 Longfield Tennis Club Gravesend Reporter
Hedley Symons hon sec. of Longfield Tennis Club

24 Apr 1920 Daily Help Maidstone Telegraph
"Daily girl from about 8.30 till 3pm, small cottage, two gentlemen, apply Cherry Orchard Farm, Hartley, Longfield."

01 May 1920 Cook Required KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
"Required immediately, superior cook general for country; two in family; help given; wages £30 - reply with full particulars, reference, age etc to Mrs Bourdillon, June Hill, Hartley, Near Longfield."

05 Jun 1920 Plots for sale at Hartley Maidstone Telegraph
"Land Freehold. £50 per acre, in 2 acre plots for sale; 25 per cent deposit; balance 5 years, one mile Fawkham Station. Apply Small Owners Ltd, Fairby Farm, Longfield, Kent"

15 Jul 1920 Beauty Products for Sale Daily Mirror
Advert for Beauty Products - Fletcher, Timber Cottage. Widnes Examiner 31/7/20 has advert from them "Ladies' Jumpers, hand knitted, your own materials, 15/9."

03 Aug 1920 Derilict farms reclaimed - Kent Committee's success Times
"… At Hartley land, Fawkham, the committee have taken over a derilict building site of 55½ acres of arable land. Of this 9½ acres are sown with winter oats after wheat last season. This does not look promising, although some improvement is shown since they have been top dressed with 1½ cwt of sulphate of ammonia per acre. Of 15 acres of Arran Chief Potatoes, 10 acres are after barley and the remainder after wheat. Considering the nature of the land the crops here are exceptionally promising"

(Woodland Avenue, Gresham Avenue, Larksfield, Wellfield Estate)

03 Aug 1920 Shave without a Razor Daily Mirror
Advert: "Shave without a razor; easy, quick, simple; 1 shilling. Fletcher, Timber Cottage, Hartley, Longfield, Kent."

14 Aug 1920 Hartley Cricket Club Gravesend Reporter
Cricket - Hartley beat APCM by 47 runs; C Ellerby made 21

14 Aug 1920 Fruit Cultivation KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
"Members of the Hartley Agricultural Cooperative Society paid a visit on Friday to the Experimental Fruit Station at East Malling. The Director, Mr R G Hatotn, explained the working of the Station. The visit was quite illuminating to the fruit growers, who found Mr Hatton's demonstrations of the various dapartments of his work most interesting and valuable. The opinion expressed by the visitors was that the pruning experimental plots alone should attract evry commercial grower, and that in their own plantations the methods of pruning would be modified immediately. Mr Hatton's lucid explanations and his courteous handling of all enquiries greatly added to the value of the visit. In the afternoon the party motored via Maidstone, along the medway, and travelled home via Tonbridge and Sevenoaks. The outing was voted a great success."

20 Aug 1920 Harding v Symons Kent & Sussex Courier
Harding v Symons (of Heort Lea), plaintiff awarded £6 for delays in delivery of wood

21 Aug 1920 Horticultural Show KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
Annual show of Ash, Fawkham, Hartley, Kingsdown, Ridley and Stansted Horticultural society at Old Downs. Exhibits included an antique sampler and bedspread from Mrs Balchin and an old beautifully worked farmer's smock from Mr George Day. List of organisers and prize winners.

21 Aug 1920 Hartley and District Horticultural Show Maidstone Telegraph
Long description and list of winners. Held at Old Downs.

17 Sep 1920 Enemy Children Daily Herald
Little 8 year old Anton Marsidoechek had fallen into the flower-bed. How, nobody could exactly discover, although there was evidence that Anton Plattensteiner had pushed him in. As with the war, there were dissentient opinions over causes, but concerning the consequetn material disaster there could be no argument. Five bright geraniums lay crushed and broken, and obviously it would be weeks before that side of he bed could regain its normal beauty. This Mr Rose, the gardener, sorrowfuly explained in words of which Anton understood the meaning. Tears of utter misery flowed over on to his cheeks. He took the gardener's big brown hand, and chokingly affirmed that he was sehr, sehr traurig. Mr Rose is a true and tender hearted man, and he remembers that it is for something more than military victory that his own boy sleeps beneath the flowers in France.

Including the two Antons there are 20 Viennese children at Fairby Grange, where this incident occurred the other day. In age they range from 8 to 13, and they are now domiciled in England for a stay of at least 6 months, perhaps a year. All were memebers of the first installment of 500, brought to this country from the wreck of Austria by the Fight the Famine Council, and they are now being cared for under the general relief programme of the Society of Friends.

Fairby Grange itself, situated but 25 miles from London, is such a spot as one would like to see available to disinherited children the world over. 20 acres of garden, orchard, and pasture surround the old oak-timbered homestead. There is a fern-ringed pond where tadpoles and lizards lurk, and there is also a barn which is readily adaptable for theatrical purposes on rainy days. In the barnyards is found almost every type of domestic animal, while a croquet lawn is hidden in the heart of the garden. Further away from the house is a field, now marked out for football and sports, and more woods where wild flowers and many berries grow.

To this children's paradise came, ten weeks ago, the score of ragged little waifs who form its present happy tenants. Let it be said right away that they do not resemble the ghastly specimens of skin and bone one reads about and sees depicted as typical of Austria's youth today. Those who are chosen to come to England ar eall of pre-war birth, and are also, I believe, selected on the stern but perhaps merciful principle that only such as can be brought back to complete health are woth the trouble of saving. Now, after their regimen of wholesome food and country air, the children here would be a normal group were not several so pale and undersized.

The attitude of the older boys towards the war is interesting. All are lads of spirit, and of just that age when a childish patriotism might be expected to rule their thoughts on this subject. Furthermore, there is not one of them without close relatives on the long list of his country's killed. Yet one finds in these litte scions of a ruined empire a breath of viewpoint sometimes lacking in the victors. 'Austria didn't want the war,' they assert. 'Franz Joseph signed the mobilisation decree against his will. Aber Kaiser Wilhelm war blutduratig. He forced us in. He wanted Germany to rule the world.' And one boy added - 'Besides we had to fight because Serbia wanted to destroy our empire. Serbia was to us like Ireland is to England, you know.'

Of more present concern are the stories of the ghastly conditions in Vienna in the closing days of war and since. One boy tells of a street scene in front of his home a week before the armistice was signed. A military automobile knocked down and killed a mongrel dog. Passers-by fought for the possession of the carcass, literally tearing the animal to pieces in their anxiety to obtain 'fresh meat' for the family table. A girl lost her Persian cat to the same end, and no pets, it seems, were safe from 'the men who went about the streets with sacks.' Every child at Fairby today is familar with the taste of horse and dog and cat.

One could dwell at length on details of the present reconstructive life these children. I would like to tell of the sweet old German songs they sing in chorus on their walks; of the painstaking picture of Fairby Grange Walter has drawn and painted in order that his mother may have an idea of his English home; of the zeal with which many apply themselves to learning English and French (which last half-a-dozen studied during the war and insist on continuing); of their interest in chess, which several play remarkably well, and football, in which they are also proficient; of the dainty theatre they have fitted up in the barn, where they improvise their own plays.

Just children - sometimes a little mischievous, a little tiresome, a little naughty, but always interesting and appealing - such must be one's final judgement on the quaint community now living on the charity of their conquerors at Fairby Grange. Just children, but also embryo directors of the fate of Europe, who will never forget the kindness shown the by the English during a crucial formative period of their lives. Aveerage little mortals they are, and concerning the like of them it was said nearly 2,000 years ago, that 'whosover shall receive this child in My name receiveth Me.'

Even after WW1 ended the British did not stop the blockade of Germany and Austria, which led to famine. Dr Salter made over his home at Fairby to help starving children recover. The Charity Save the Children was set up by Eglantine Jebb as part of the same effort. She was a true modern saint who was arrested for her efforts to tell the truth about what British foreign policy was doing to the children of Austria. The judge in her case paid her fine because he was so impressed with her.

02 Oct 1920 Hoselands Hill Gravesend Reporter
Landowner at Hoselands Hill giving up land for road improvements

09 Oct 1920 New phone line Maidstone Telegraph
"Post Office Telegraphs: Notice is hereby given, pursuant to the provisions of the Telegraph Acts 1863 to 1916, that His Majesty's Postmaster General, having obtained the consent in that behalf of the body having the control of the public road described below, intends to place a telegraphic line over and along the said public road, and for that purpose to erect and maintain posts in and upon the same under the powers conferred on him by the said Telegraph Acts. By command of the Postmaster General - From the existing route near Stocks Farm to a point near Hartley Manor, Hartley"

20 Oct 1923 At the Shrine of 'Our Lady of Hartley' Nottingham and Midland Catholic News
"Prayers Responded To. In the oratory at Hartley, Kent, which is often served by priests from London is to be seen the shrine of Our Lady of Hartley. Prayers have always found a ready response here and the shrine is drawing many worshippers from the Catholics of London and the Home Counties.

Hartley is a district of Northfleet parish in Kent, the county where St Augustine first set foot. Opened just before the war to provide for the spiritual needs of a hundred Catholics scattered throughout the district, the church was converted from a barn in such a manner that the building itself was unaltered. The thatched roof can be seen between the beams.

Most of the sanctuary equipment is of wood. The alter itself is principally of oak. The font, a relic of pre-'Reformation' days, bears numerous traces of a chequered career under various owners, and there are many relics of saints to be seen. The statue of Our Lady of Hartley dates from the latter part of the 18th century and is of Belgian origin. Upon the robes of Our Lady are to be seen shamrock, roses and fleur-de-lis. the rosary that hangs from her hand was blessed by the late Pope, who also granted an indulgence of 100 days to all who said: 'Our lady of Hartley, pray for us.' Besides the shrine, there are statutes of the Sacred Heart, St Joseph, St Peter, St Joan of Arc, St Francis de Sales and St Antony. Many valuable gifts from non-Catholics, as well as Catholics have been made to the church.

[The reference to an indulgence relates to the Roman Catholic doctrine of purgatory, which is a belief in a stage to be undergone before being allowed into heaven. While Popes still offer indulgences, since 1967 they have not offered a tariff off the time spent in purgatory.]

30 Oct 1920 Local News in Brief (1) Gravesend Reporter; (2) Maidstone Telegraph
(1) Post Office agrees to move telegraph pole 12' at Hoselands Hill; (2) Home Counties Laying Meal chicken food, stocked by English Bros, Hartley.

05 Nov 2020 Death of a former schoolmaster Tonbridge Free Press (KM)
"Another old Tonbridgean passed away on Saturday last at Longfield, near Gravesend, at the residence of his son, in the person of Harry Letchford. Deceased, who was well known and respected in the neighbourhood, for nearly 40 years kept a private school in Tonbridge, first at Church House, and later in the Hadlow Road. Many of his old pupils are at present holding responsible positions in Tonbridge and elsewhere. The school closed soon after the opening of the Judd (then Commercial) School and Mr Letchford moved to Longfield in 1912. Deceased, who was in his 81st year was an old member of the Town of Tonbridge Lodge of Oddfellows, and was also connected with several local institutions, always taking a great interest in the welfare of the town. He leaves an invalid wife of 53. Yesterday (Thursday) his remains were brought for burial at Tonbridge Cemetery.... (list of mourners)...."

13 Nov 1920 Land for Sale Gravesend Reporter
Auction of 6 building plots at Merton Ave & Woodlands Ave

20 Nov 1920 Local News in Brief (1) Evesham Standard; (2-3) Maidstone Telegraph
(1) Costen (of the Homestead [now The Old Orchard], Church Road) - 1,200 apple and pear trees for sale, 1-3 foot circumference; (2) "Young lady seeks situation as shorthand typist; slight knowledge business training; age 16 - Owaissa, Hartley Green, Longfield."; (3) Wanted Wire haired terrier puppy (male), must be clean, Dunster, Hartley Green, Longfield."

20 Nov 1920 Adverts Maidstone Telegraph
(1) "Young lady seeks situation as shorthand typist; slight knowledge business training; age 16 - Owaissa, Hartley Green, Longfield."; (2) Wanted Wire haired terrier puppy (male), must be clean, Dunster, Hartley Green, Longfield."

27 Nov 1920 Local News in Brief (1) Gravesend Reporter; (2) Maidstone Telegraph
(1) Requests from parish meeting for Ash Road improvements; (2) Harmonium for Sale: Five stops, just overhauled. Harris, Hartley, Longfield

18 Dec 1920 Fruit trees for sale Maidstone Telegraph
"1,200 apple trees, Bramleys, Newtons, Derbys, Lanes, Annie Elizabeth, Charles Ross, Worcesters, Cox's Orange, Beauty Bath, James Grieve. 1 to 3ft. Conference, Fertility, William Pears, 2 and 3 years - Costen, Hartley, Longfield, Kent." [similar advert the previous week also mentions 520 redcurrants].

25 Dec 1920 Ash Road Widening Gravesend Reporter
Dartford RDC reccommends widening Fairby-Black Lion section of Ash Rd

25 Dec 1920 Jam Factory to Let KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
"To let - Jam Factory completely equipped with plant, capable of turning out 5 tons per week; further plant available; also large outbuildings, together with offices which can be converted into dwelling house; half acre of ground. Also Grocery Stores suitable for general country business. Also Butcher's shop. The whole comprising Fairby Farm Central Depot of Small Owners Ltd, Hartley, Longfield, Kent. Possession within 1 month or earlier can be arranged. The sale of the whole would be considered. Full particulars on application to registered offices, 175 Piccadilly W1."

01 Jan 1921 Rev Bancks New Book Daily Express
Review of Bancks - Harvest of Hives

15 Jan 1921 Fruit Plants for Sale KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
"200 half standard Bramleys and Newtons, strong growth; 100 Fertility Conference Pears; 500 Redcurrants - Costen, Hartley, Longfield, Kent." [The Old Orchard, Church Road]

18 Jan 1921 Wilfred Mansfield, Actor Western Daily Press
Favourable review of Wilfred Mansfield [of Castle Hill], appearing in Remembrance at Theatre Royal, Bristol

05 Feb 1921 Women's Institute KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
"The Hartley Women's Club decided at a well attended meeting at the Cooperative Store on Thursday to form their club into a Women's Institute. The president, Mrs Balchin, enumerated the various things that had been accomplished during the year the club had been in existence - furnishing the store with chairs, tables, curtains and china, and still having a hand a good balance for future expenses. Mrs Golding of the National Federation of Women's Institutes, in an interesting address, explained the working of institutes, and it was decided to establish an Institute at Hartley. Officers and a committee were elected. Mrs Balchin becoming President, Mrs Scott, Vice President and Mrs Frank Tate, secretary. Arrangements were made for meetings to be held on the first Thursday in each month, and from the interest aroused it is hoped that the new organisation will have a successful career."

19 Feb 1921 Road Improvements Gravesend Reporter
Dartford RDC - road improvements at Hartley

09 Mar 1921 Motorbike for Sale Lewisham Borough News
"BSA Comb(ination}, 1917, late 3 speed clutch, speedometer, lamps, horn, recently overhauled; excellent condition, tax paid; insured to Oct 1921; bargain £110 - Phone Day, Ash, Wrotham, Kent"

19 Mar 1921 Hartley House for Sale KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
"Porter Putt & Fletcher are instructed to submit to auction, at the Masonic Hall, Wrotham Road, Gravesend, on Wednesday 13th April 1921 at 3 o'clock precisely…..The old fashioned country residence known as 'Hartley House' within about 1 mile from the Station, and contains large entrance hall, smoking room, dining room, drawing room, billiard room, 6 bedrooms, large bathroom, and usual offices. Stables and garage with man's quarters. Standing in about 3½ acres of land, including orchard, kitchen garden, flower garden and tennis lawn. The property has recently been redecorated throughout and is in excellent repair......"

[KM 16.4.1921 said reserve not met, so now for sale by private treaty]

02 Apr 1921 Side Lights KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
Tonbridge Magistrates. Charles Bond Evans of Grafton House, Hartley fined £2 for driving without side lights at Tonbridge.

09 Apr 1921 Eliza Treadwell KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
Burial of Eliza, wife of William Treadwell, of Hartley, later of Scarbutt's Manor, Boughton under Blean, aged 90 at Hartley.

16 Apr 1921 End of the Jam Factory KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
Advert. "Re Allen's Confectionery Company Ltd in voluntary liquidation. Fairby Farm, Hartley, Longfield, Kent (Fawkham Station…). To jam manufacturers, engineers and others. Mr John Sulley is instructed to sell by auction on the premises as above on Tuesday next, April 19th at 1 o'clock prompt, the jam making plant and stock.

Consisting of 4 copper steam pans (Low and Duff), 3 Pulping Machines (Collier), 2 Double Headed Orange Cutters and Gooseberry Snuffer (Brierley), 20hp Loco Boiler (Ruston, Proctor & Co Ltd), 12½ hp Oil Engine (Campbell), 7s 6in Vertical Boiler, 12 Boiling pans, 18 sieves, 10cwt Platform Scales, 3cwt 'Waygood' lift, wheat stone mill (Blackstone), root pulper (Nicholson), 2 Acetylenee Gas Plants, 100 tons gooseberry, blackberry, plum, apple etc pulp, 14,000 1s 2s 3s and 7lb glass and ware jars, 700 hinged etc, crates and trays, 42 cases honey and apricot pulp, 5cwt caustic soda, 5ft and 3ft 6in mahogany desks, 12 typist and other tables, 10 chairs, Barlock Typewriter and numerous other items......"

23 Apr 1921 Coal Shortage Gravesend Reporter
Coal Shortage - permits from Mr Sutch of Hextable

23 Apr 1921 Hartley House for Sale Times
Hartley House for sale; hall, 3r, billiard rm; 6 beds, stabling, garage with servant's quarters above (also in Reporter 12.3.21)

23 Apr 1921 English Stores KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
Advert. "10 weeks' old pigs made 12 stone in 4 months on Karswood Penny Pig Powders; bulk tins 21s - English Bros Stores, Hartley near Longfield." [This was part of the Black Lion]

07 May 1921 Coal Shortage Gravesend Reporter
Coal Emergency - drastic changes to rail service from Gravesend

14 May 1921 Council Housing Gravesend Reporter
W Braybrook of Hartley lowest tender for 6 houses in village for RDC

14 May 1921 Longfield Wounded Soldiers Fund KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
Letter to Editor. "Sir - now that the Longfield Wounded Soldiers' Fun has been closed, I have pleasure in joining with my 4 friends from Longfield, whose letter I read in your last week's issue, in loud praise of the work carried out by this Fund. It very kindly took in the neighbouring parishes of Southfleet, Fawkham and Hartley, though the bulk of the funds were raised in Longfield Parish. On behalf of the Southfleet soldier 'boys' so many of whom received a contribution, I wish to tender thanks. About £80 I believe was received in Southfleet alone from this fund. The work carried out by Mr Fielder and Mr Alf Cromar, Hon Sec, desserves the highest gratitude. Yours Faithfully, Ernest J Stokes, Southfleet Rep LWSF."

28 May 1921 Hartley Cricket Club Gravesend Reporter
Cricket - Hartley all out for 17 against Horton Kirby.

02 Jun 1921 Small Owners Plots for Sale Times
Fairby Estates - 1 acre plots for sale, 1 minute from station.

07 Jun 1921 Miners' children at Fairby Daily Herald
"The Fellowship of Reconciliation has now 15 miners' children from the Kent coalfields at Fairby Grange, Longfield, Kent, waiting to be allocated to private homes. The delay is caused by many of the offeres for hospitality already received being for one child only, whereas these children have specially requested that they might go in pairs. Can anyone who has already kindly offered hospitality to one child possibly take two? Please communicate at once with C Paul Glidon, 17 Red Lion Square, WC."

11 Jun 1921 War Memorial Gravesend Reporter
War Memorial - Dartford RDC approval

25 Jun 1921 Hartley Cricket Club Gravesend Reporter
Cricket - A Humphrey scores 21 and takes 8-17 in victory over L/field

09 Jul 1921 Coal Shortage Gravesend Reporter
Trains - improved service after end of coal strike

13 Jul 1921 Holidays in Hartley Times
"Barrister offers holiday quarters for men; 3 guineas inclusive - Mrs Dashwood, The Gun Hut, Hartley"

23 Jul 1921 Hartley Cricket Club Gravesend Reporter
Cricket - Hartley dismiss Westwood Star for just 6

13 Aug 1921 Inquest on Lewis Roots Gravesend Reporter
Inquest at Mission Hall, Longfield on Lewis Rootes (address not given)

20 Aug 1921 Local News in Brief KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
Telegraph Lines

Notice by Post Office that they intend to lay lines over and along Ash Road from Fairby Grange to the Black Lion.

Car for Sale

"£225 - Studebaker 1915, licence paid till end of year, 5 seater, 20hp, electric starter and lighting, new tyres, plugs and hood; spare wheel, tools and toolbox; £150 spent on putting into good running condition; owner just bought new car; will take £225 for immediate sale - Hammond, Bundoran [1 St John's Lane], Hartley, Longfield."

03 Sep 1921 Receiving Stolen Goods Gravesend Reporter
Harold Green of Hartley Green fined £10 for receiving stolen leather

18 Sep 1921 Imprisoned Councillors' Children to stay at Fairby Daily Herald
Picture of children of imprisoned Poplar councillors going to stay at Fairby

[For more on the Poplar Rates Rebellion where the councillors went to prison but won changes to the system of rates that favoured rich boroughs, see Wikipedia article]

20 Oct 1921 Fairby Reformatory School Guardian
Miss Grace Costin to be headmistress of new Fairby Reformatory School, opening next month

12 Nov 1921 Fairby Reformatory School Times
Fairby given certificate to become a reformatory school for up to 20 (see article)

[Suffragette Newspaper Vote 29/9/22, described it as a school for delinquent girls]

24 Dec 1921 Road Improvements KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
Hartley: "The surveyor reported at Tuesday's meeting of the Dartford RDC that Mr Mayford Bassano, the owner of a plot of land adjoining the Longfield to Ash road, opposite 'Fairby', on which the butts of large elm trees project into the road, had agreed to give a strip 10 feet wide in the centre, running to nothing at both ends, for widening this portion of road which is now about 14 feet wide. The suggested improvement was estimated to cost about £35, and the committee recommended that it be carried out. The trees would remain the property of the landowner."

Longfield: "At the meeting of the Dartford RDC on Tuesday, the Surveyor reported that he estimated the cost of widening and improving the road from the junction of Longfield Siding Road [Hartley Bottom Road] to Longfield Hill at £1,131 3s 9d. A plan, with the estimate, had been sent to the Ministry of Transport, asking for a grant."

24 Dec 1921 Local News in Brief KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
Fatality near Gravesend

Report of inquest on death of Thomas Clark, aged 60, of Prinrose Cottage, Hoo(k) Green, Meopham. Norman Frank Mills, driver of charabanc said he was driving at 4mph with 18 passengers from Gravesend at 10.30pm, he saw Mr Clark but there was alos a car coming in other direction, so he switched off his lights, leaving only oil side lamps. He then felt a bump and found he had run over Mr Clark. Solicitor for family said AA advice is not to turn lights off for oncoming cars, Mr Mills said 9 out 10 drivers would do as he. Sydney Hubert Walters, driver of the car said his side lights were disconnected so if he had turned off his lights there would be nothing. He and his passenger said his lights were 4 volts and not bright enough to blind but one of the passengers of the charabanc said they were blinding. Mr Walters had also had his licence endorsed in the war for lights being too bright. Mr Walters said car belonged to Dr Howarth of Hartley Grange and he was test driving it, having just repaired it. Coroner recorded 'accidental death' and exonerated the charabanc driver, he said Mr Walters was not guilty of culpable neglect either, but police might want to charge him over lack of side lights. Coroner "firmly believed" that had the car lights been dimmed the accident would have been avoided.

Council House Rents

Dartford RDC decided the following: Westwood and Whitehill Longfield - type B houses 7s 6d per week, 2 type A houses at Longfield 6s 6d pw, exclusive of rates and water charges. Site at Ash Street, Ash for council housing has been abandoned by council.

Longfield Footpath

Dartford RDC has received sanction to appropriate strip of land to create footpath in front of houses at Whitehill Road.

21 Jan 1922 Laundry Collections Gravesend Reporter
Shaws Laundries to resume collections in Hartley (Thursdays)

27 Jan 1922 Problems of Juvenile Offenders - meeting at Tunbridge Wells Kent & Sussex Courier
A demand for a proper Children's Court was made at a public meeting, held at the Town Hall, Tunbridge Wells, on Saturday, under the auspices of the Fellowship of Reconciliation, to discuss the problems of juvenile delinquncy.

Councillor Miss A Scott who presided, remarked that the meeting was opportunely held, for a Tunbridge Wells they now had a policewoman and a woman probation officer, while upon the county bench they had Miss Alice Puckle. In the new Chief Constable (Captain Hector) they had one who realised that the glory of the police force was not so much in catching criminals and putting them under lock and key, but rather the prevention of crime and the extension of a helping hand to men and women to becoe good citizens. Tehre was a avery real need, however, for a real Juvenile Court, quite apart fro the ordinary court, with special magistrates who would take a personal interest in the cases they might have to deal with and to whom the excellent Probation Officers (Mr G H Rogers and Miss Florence Owen) could frequently report. There was also a need for a special home for juvenile offenders, and one such had just been established in Kent at Fairby Grange, which should do a work of tremendous usefulness. The National Council of Women Workers was urging the Home Secretary to set up a special committee to consider anew the question of the treatment of juvenile delinquents along new reformative lines.

Miss Grace Costin, Warden of Fairby Grange School, said the best description of a juvenile delinquent was that of "a kid that had been found out", given by a young offender. There were a very large number of uncaught juvenile delinquents, and very few people could say they had never taken anything which did not belong to them. She confessed that he had - and stuck to it! In the minds of youngsters there were very good reasons for theft, gnerally to satisfy the craving for amusements. Few stole for the love of stealing. She did not feel that those cases could be dealt with in reformatory schools on present lines, and she thought the sentences were too long. The juveniles sent to a reformatory fo a lengthy period had a deep seated idea that it was unadulterated punishment and not an effort to reform them. She wuld suggest sentences of 6 months to a year, certainly never more than 2 years. Ultimately she felt they would not want reformatories, but would substitute them with a system whereby child offenders would be taken away from a bad environment and placedout among decent families. It was no good putting juveniles who had done about the same thing together. Miss Costin proceeded to detail the ideals and methods at Fairby Grnage School, which was a new experiment in penal reform. Here they endeavoured to create the family spirit, giving to the girls trust and responsibility. If the venture was ultimately found not to prove a financial success she hoped it would be a spiritual and moral success, which would make it well worth while. Love was the great power, and without the love of God there could be no permanent good done.

The Rev F G Knott, in proposing a vote of thanks, said the speaker had held up a glorious vision of women's work, while Miss Hughes MA in seconding, remarked that there would be great hope for the future of all children if they were brought under similar kindly influence as as Fairby Grange.

The motion was carried and Miss Scott was also thanked for presiding.

[Miss Costin also spoke in similar terms at the National Union for Equal Citizenship at Oxford (Yorkshire Post 2.9.1922)]

28 Jan 1922 Local News in Brief Gravesend Reporter
(1) Concert in Club Room by Eric Robillard's Company; (2) St Dunstans National Whist Drive - qualifying round at Old Downs; (3) Buses - new Gravesend - Dartford service via Longfield

16 Feb 1922 Robert Hamilton Edwards Freemans Journal
Dublin court makes Robert Hamilton Edwards bankrupt [he had lent Small Owners' Ltd money]

25 Feb 1922 Woodcroft, Ash Road for sale Gravesend Reporter
For sale: Woodcroft, Ash Road

04 Mar 1922 Local News in Brief KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
Michaelmas Daisies

"Michaelmas Daisies, Climax, fine large flowered variety, good clumps, 2s 6d dozen, 12s 6d 100, f.o.r - Tate, Hartley, Longfield."

Servants Wanted

"Required middle of March, Cook General and Young house parlourmaid, two in family; good wages and outings - Mrs Howarth, Hartley Grange, Longfield, Kent."

17 Mar 1922 House for Sale Bromley & West Kent Mercury
"Kent: ¾ hour Victoria, 7 minutes walk Fawkham Station - solidly built attractively designed modern house of 8 rooms with bath; one acre, freehold; commanding magnificent views; immediate possession; price £1,500; mortgage can be arranged. Full plans and specification, Room 75, 175 Piccadilly W, or appointment to view, write C Nairn, Hartley, Longfield, Kent."

[Probably Monksilver or Westfield Lodge, Ash Road both of which were sold by Mr Nairn]

07 Apr 1922 Hartley Football Club Sevenoaks Chronicle
West Kingsdown beat Hartley 4-1 in Ash and District Football cup

15 Apr 1922 Council Housing Gravesend Reporter
Dartford RDC - no progress about planned 6 houses in Hartley

15 Apr 1922 Pigs for Sale KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
"Pedigree large blacks, fine litter of eight, eligible for herd book; £16 at the stye at 8 weeks; equal to litter in crack herd costing three times as much - Irene House, Hartley, Longfield [now Hillside House, Grange Lane]

06 May 1922 Plots for sale at Hartley Gravesend Reporter
Auction of plots 114-123, 332-338 on Fawkham Park Estate (Wellfield &c)

06 May 1922 Tomato Plants for Sale KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
"For sale - Tomato Plants, Kondine Red, ex 60's, £1 per hundred; Sweet Pea Plants, Hawlmark Pink, 5s per hundred; on rail Fawkham Station - A Humphrey, Fairby Farm, Hartley, Longfield."

13 May 1922 Property for Sale KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
"Freehold land, good loam soil, adjoining well made council road with main water, 5 plots remain to be sold of 2½ and 3½ acres each at £80 an acre; two plots have 1½ acres fruit in rear; 25 per cent cash, balance mortgage; further land suitable for poultry is available at £50 an acre, same terms - Apply A Humphrey, Fairby Farm, Hartley, Longfield, Kent."

"Freehold brick bungalow, sale, 4 rooms, scullery, greenhouse, sheds, 150 fruit trees and bushes - Hillcrest, Hartley, near Fawkham Station."

20 May 1922 Fawkham Manor Estate Gravesend Reporter
Auction of outlying parts of Mr Hohler's Fawkham Manor Estate

03 Jun 1922 Hartley RC Church KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
"Sunday was the occasion of the Feast of the Catholic Church at Hartley, which is under the care and direction of the Catholic Parish Church at Northfleet. The feast was kept to commemorate the fact that the late Holy Father Pope Benedict XV, has granted a special local feast to the little Catholic chapel there in honour of Our Lady, under the title of Our Lady of Hartley, owing to the devotion of the congregation who attend the little church there to the Blessed Virgin. At 3pm some hundreds of people had assembled for the special service, Dartford and Northfleet sending contingents to help the local folk to keep their feast....(description of service and sermon follows) .... after the sermon came the procession, and with the splendid weather and the really earnest prayers of those taking part in it, a most impressive scene resulted. First came the boys of St Joseph's School, Hartley, with representatives from Northfleet boys; the children of Mary from Hartley and Dartford in gorgeous blue cloaks and white veils, carrying different banners; the beautiful statue of Our Lady followed by men in cassocks and cottas; the celebrant with the assistant priests, followed by the men and women who had gathered to keep the feast. They proceeded from the little church singing the old Catholic hymns: 'This is the image of our queen' and the Lourdes 'Ave' hymn. The procession went round the road to the Middle Farm grounds, which had been kindly lent by Miss Davies Cooke who generously keeps and looks after the Catholic congregation at Hartley and thence back to the church. ...." [The article said it was "communicated" which appears to mean it was contributed by the organisers not a journalist. It didn't mention the procession was only from the church to next door!]

17 Jun 1922 Hartley Fire KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
"A hay stack at the rear of Fairby Store, on the Small Owners estate, was discovered on fire, and but for the prompt assistance of local helpers, who kept the flames in check till the arrival of the Dartford Fire Brigade, the whole stack would have been destroyed. The loss is estimated at about £10."

21 Jun 1922 Information Wanted Sydney Evening News
Solicitors looking for Thomas Martin, formerly of Hartley, last heard of at Sydney, Australia

24 Jun 1922 War Memorial Gravesend Reporter
War Memorial: contractor begins work

24 Jun 1922 A Bankrupt's Discharge Ealing Gazette
"Made conditionary on the payment of £500. At London Bankruptcy court last Friday, before Mr Registrar Francke, and application was made for the discharge of George Harold Humphrey, described in the receiving order as of 23 Hamer Lane, Ealing, lately residing at 96A Kensington High Street, 4 Ellison? Place, Newcastle upon Tyne and lately carrying on business at 29 Lincoln's Inn Fields.

The Official Receiver reported that the receiving order was made on November 14th on the debtor's own petition. The liabilities ranking against the estate for divident amounted to £18,755, and the assets were estimated to produce £10,165, but they had only realised £1,604. The debtor was apprenticed to the drapery trade, and was afterwards employed as an accountant. In 1911 he embarked on a career of promoting companies, and he and his brother formed a company known as Small Owners Ltd with a capital of £1,000 for the purpose of developing land for small holdings.

In June 1914, he formed the Fairby Construction Co Ltd, of which he was a director, for the purpose of building cottages on land belonging to Small Owners Ltd. During the war, the Fairby Construction Co erected munition factories, and at the date of the receiving order they were building houses under the Government housing scheme. In October 1914, he formed a company called the Rural Development Co Ltd for the purpose of developing land. He was appointed managing director of that company until it went into liquidation. On July 1919, he formed John Dawson and Co (Newcastle upon Tyne) Ltd for the purpose of making aircraft parts. He attributed his failure mainly ot the suspension of the Newcastle company, and to its inability to pay his salary, and moneys he had lent to the company, also to liabilities he had guaranteed on behalf of the company.

Mr Clayton KC, who supported the application on behalf of the debtor, said his client was willing to consent to judgment for £500 if the Court would grant him an immediate discharge, and eventually the learned Registrar accepted that offer, and said the debtor would receive his discharge as soon as the money was spaid over to the Official Receiver."

27 Jun 1922 Daily Chronicle Illness Accidents and Death Insurance Scheme Daily Chronicle
"Variety is the keynote of the 39 new claims paid yesterday….Mrs E J Cripps, Mile End Green near Dartford - splinter entered hand and poisoned it - £2 (Newsagent: Smith and Son, Main Road, Longfield)…." // [To be eligible readers had to order the paper daily and complete a form, countersigned by their newsagent]

01 Jul 1922 Local News in Brief Gravesend Reporter
(1) County Court: alleged damage to Mr Bassano's fence by horse; (2) For sale: Coppice Lea, Church Road

01 Jul 1922 Jehovah's Witnesses Advert KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
"International Bible Students' Association. Millions now living will never die. Free lectures, Sunday July 2nd 6.30pm. The Belvedere Public Hall, Erith, The Hut next Fairby Grange, Hartley. Lecturers - Mr F C Harris [of Hartley] Mr A O Hudson. Take heed! The old world has ended! The new is at hand, bringing life and blessing upon earth to whosoever will of mankind. It will pay you to investigate. You may be one of the millions...."

15 Jul 1922 Poultry for Sale KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
"Pullets and chicks, clearing most of stock, also good shed. Jones, Homefield, Hartley."

18 Jul 1922 Property for Sale Westminster Gazette
"Hartley, Longfield, Kent. Charming bungalow, 1 acre, 5 rooms, bathroom £950."

29 Jul 1922 Hartley War Memorial Unveiled by General Hildebrand KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
"A simple, yet beautiful, ceremony took place at Hartley on Sunday in the unveiling of the memorial to 8 brave men of the village, who died for their country in the war. Gen Hildebrand CB CMG, performed the ceremony. The Rector (Rev CGW Bancks, MA), conducted a religious service, the musical portion of which was led by the Choral Society. Many relatives of the fallen attended, bringing wreaths and flower with which, just before the close of the service, they decorated the base of the cross.

In support of the General were Colonel Cohen DSO, Mr FW Tate (chairman of the parish), Mr J Wells Thatcher (secretary of the Memorial Committee), Mr WH Daniel, Captain Copus and Mr FD Welch; and there was a very large attendance, including Mr George Day, KCC, and Mrs Day, Rev Edward Smith MA (rector of Longfield), Mrs Daniel and Mrs Thatcher.

Mr Tate welcomed the parishioners and said that the Memorial Committee were gratified to see them present in such large numbers. He could assure them that the Committee had had no other thought than to do the best they could for the parish.

At a later stage the Chairman introduced General Hildebrand, reminding the gathering that the General was an old resident of the parish, so that it was specially appropriate to invite him to unveil the memorial. The people of Hartley would esteem the General still more highly for his kindness in attending that day.

Speaking after he had unveiled the memorial, General Hildebrand said: I am very glad to be here amongst you today to dedicate this memorial to our eight good men. At the beginning of the war we were unprepared and many a brave man, young or middle aged, lost his life. This memorial will always be a reminder to us of the duty we owe to the living and the debt we owe to our great Empire. I should like to thank Mr Wells Thatcher, who initiated the scheme, for all his work in connection with it. I am quite sure that the parish will appreciate the result of the Committee's labours, and I am particularly glad to come back to my old village and see so many of my old friends and neighbours.

The Rector then dedicated the memorial to the parish forever, to the glory of God and in honour of Edwin Cheary, Sydney Day, Ernest Holmes, William Hurst, John Rich, Alec Rose, James Vaughan and Richard Woodward. The Last Post and Reveille calls having been sounded by Mr Albert Day, the relatives laid their floral tributes at the foot of the cross, the most moving feature of a ceremonial that had throughout been reverently followed. With the singing of the National Anthem the proceedings terminated.

The memorial cross stands in the Ash Road at the junction with Church Road. It is constructed of Victoria Stone. A crusader's sword in bronze has been set into the cross, and three plates of the same metal have been attached to the base. The middle plate bears the inscription 'To the men of Hartley 1914-1918' while each of the side bronzes records the names of four men. The site has been very carefully prepared by Captain Webster, who has undertaken to maintain the turf, a generous act which should be valued by the parish. In front of the memorial a seat in Burmah Teak, the gift of Mr WH Daniel, has been placed. The erection of the memorial was entrusted to Mr W Braybrook. Underneath the base a recess was provided in which documents relating to the memorial and parish have been deposited."

12 Aug 1922 Longfield Domestic's Terrible Death - Burned by Methylated Spirits KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
"The tragic circumstances in which Elsie Rogers, 21, a domestic servant in the employ of Mrs Spiers of Hartley House, Longfield, met her death on Thursday in last week, were told at a Coroner's Court held at the Town Hall, Gravesend, on the following day. Deceased, to light a fire, used methylated spirit, and the tin containing this exploded, throwing the contents over her. She was so badly burned that she dies in the Gravesend Hospital the same day.

James Walter Rogers of 9 Five Ash Road, Northfleet, uncle, said deceased's parents lived at Beckford near Tewksbury. He saw her after the accident in hospital, but she did not speak.

Dr Thomas, house surgeon, said deceased was burned all over the body. Soon after admission she started vomiting, and died from shock about 9pm the same day.

Mr R F Spiers, engineer, of Hartley House, Longfield, told how he was in his garden about 7 in the morning when he heard a scream from the kitchen. He ran to find out what was the matter, and deceased rushed out of the back door in a mass of flame. Witness took off his coat, got deceased onto the ground and extinguished the flames. When he got into the kitchen he found the tin containing the methylated spirits was burning in front of the fire. Asked what the spirit was intended for, witness said for a nursery spirit lamp and a tea lamp. He added that he thought deceased first put a mtach to the fire and poured the spirit on. She said nothing to him, but she told a woman, whom he got in after the accident, that she would never use methylated spirits again. The fact that the can burst would throw the spirit over her. She had very few clothes on, just a print dress. The coroner (Mr G E Penman): You think the tin burst in her hands? Witness: I don't know. He said he had known deceased use paraffin, but not methylated spirit. After he had extinguished the flames he got her to bed and telephoned for the doctor. Dr Pinching arrived, and, an ambulance having been procured, she was taken to the hospital, reaching there about 9.30. The Coroner remarked that not much time was lost. Witness: No, it is 7 miles out and an ambulance had to be got first. He added that deceased's clothing was practically burned off her body.

The Coroner, recording a verdict of 'Accidental Death' remarked that it was a terrible affair, but it showed how careful girls should be, especially when using methylated spirit, which was even more dangerous than paraffin."

26 Aug 1922 Hartley FC KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
"Hartley FC have not allowed much grass to grow. They have, in addition to the Borough League (Division B), entered for the Gravesend Hospital Cup, Longfield Charity Cup, Ash Nurses' Cup, and Southfleet Village League (second XI). Col Cohen DSO (president) and Mr F Jackson (Chairman) are doing their utmost to encourage them. Mr A Humphrey holds the office of Treasurer with Mr J Davis (Captain) and Mr H Green (Secretary). Mr A Blackwell and Mr C Johnson will guide the second XI through their trials. Most of the old players are available, including D Rose, F Gable, G Elliott, P Dennis, J Davis, T Elliott, E Davis, H Goodwin, T Hurst, D Woodward, C Gilbert, H Groves, L Gable, W Woodward, J Smith, C Johnson and J Goodwin. There are several promising lads coming along. The club greatly appreciates the work that has been done in association with Mr Burrows and Mr Woodward, Southfleet."

29 Aug 1922 Fairby Grange for Sale Times
Fairby Grange for sale, description

30 Aug 1922 Hillside, Grange Lane for Sale Times
Kent - modern house, redecorated, brick and rough cast, 6 rooms, box and bath; 2 acres, 300 fruit trees, poultry houses for 300, goathouse, brooder house, 4 sties; company's water; 2 miles Fawkham Station. Would sell furniture. Lovely secluded spot, £200 can remain. Freehold £1,150 only - owner occupier, Irene House, Hartley, Longfield.

02 Sep 1922 Grafton House, Ash Road for Sale Gravesend Reporter
For sale: Grafton House, Ash Road

02 Sep 1922 Fairby Reformatory School Yorkshire Post
Miss Costin of Fairby Reformatory School speaks at National Union of Societies for Equal Citizenship

02 Sep 1922 Hartley Fete Day - Successful Effort for Organ Fund KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
"The Parochial Church Council of Hartley Parish Church has only been in existence a few months, but during that time its usefulness has been apparent. Its latest attempt to raise the necessary money to pay for the repairs to the organ, which has not been used for a considerable time owing to its condition, has proved successful. A small committee, consisting of the Misses E O Barton and M K Leonard, with Mr DTR Gray, as an Hon Secretary, approached Mr M K Daniel of the Manor House and the latter immediately placed her beautiful grounds at their disposal for a fete. Nor was this all, Mrs Daniel lent energy and enthusiasm, and the result was seen in the tremendous success of the venture.

The attractions included a band, which dispensed music in the afternoon for dancing upon the lawn, a bran tub, presided over by the Misses E O Barton, M K Leonard and A Sale; coconut shies, which Messrs Campkin, with their original and captivating manner, turned into a very lucrative sideshow; a cigarette and postcard stall, presided over by Mesdames Balchin and Copus; a decorated flower bowl competition, which was won by Mrs T F Tate; a draught game, a new but interesting money extractor, superintended by Mr Nash; guessing competition under Mesdames Isaacs and F Tate, whereby a young cockerel, presented by Mr Tom Tate, found another owner through a successful guess of the age of the gift; a hidden treasure competition of a £1 treasury note; hoopla, one of the most attractive and popular events which could only have proved so successful by the energy and amusing enticement of Messrs Bailey and Jackson; ices, lemonade, sweets and refreshment stalls, which the Women's Institute kindly arranged, under Mrs Snow's guidance; a rose competition which was won by Miss Bourdillon; a tennis tournament, another interesting competition which concluded with a contest between Mr and Mrs Hasted (the winners) and Miss Hamilton and Mr Frank Gable; a living Aunt Sally, undertaken by Messrs Balchin and Young; a wild flower competition for children, and a long programme of sports for children.

The latter provided the officials with a busy afternoon, and were successfully carried through by the Rev G Bancks, Messrs T Tate and Copus (judges), Capt Webster (starter), Mr T F Clark (competitors' steward), Mr F Tate (telegraph steward) and Mr W Macauley who was fully employed in taking the entries for the various events. The prizes were presented by Mrs Daniel. In the evening a concert was given by the Hartley Musical Society, which included solos by Mrs Symons, Mr T F Clark and Mrs S Wemyss. AT 8pm a dance was held in a large marquee on the lawn. Mrs Daniel kindly provided the band and supper, and the 80 dancers who attended spent a very enjoyable time.

The thanks of the committee are due to Mr W H Daniel, who, from the moment of its inception, threw himself whole-heartedly into the work of organisation and his services proved invaluable. Nearly £80 was realised, and the organ will be formally reopened on the first Sunday in October, free of debt."

13 Sep 1922 Property for Sale Westminster Gazette
"Country bungalow freehold for sale, with immediate possesion in picturesque Kent village, 24 miles from London, with good train service; brick built, rough cast, indoor sanitation, company's water, over an acre garden planted with full bearing fruit trees, price £825 - Owen-Jones, The Nutshell, Hartley, Longfield, Kent"

19 Oct 1922 House for Sale Times
13 acre poultry farm 1 mile from Longfield Station for sale

21 Oct 1922 Local News in Brief KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
An Oddfellows' Lodge Accounts

Dartford County Court: "The Trustees of the Manchester Unity Society of Oddfellows claimed £47 8s 6d from John William English, of Hatchhouse Farm, West Malden. The money was said to have been received by defendant while he was treasurer to the Society at Hartley. Defendant said when he left Hartley there was a balance in the bank of £30. Counsel for plaintiffs said the balance in the bank showed a further £47 8s 6d due from the defendant. His Honour said it was purely a matter of account and it was referred to the Registrar [of Friendly Societies]"

Charity Commission Notice

Notice proposing authorisation of sale of 7a 1r 33p of land at Hartley, part of OS map number 82, for £400. [Field 82 was large field between Fairby Lane and Ash Road on border with Fawkham, name of charity omitted from notice]

24 Oct 1922 Fairby Grange for Sale Times
"Kent: About 1 mile from Fawkham Station on the SE&C Railway. The comfortable and attractive c17th residence "Fairby Grange" in the parish of Hartley, Fawkham.

Equipped with modern conveniences, yet still retaining the fine old characteristics of the period, and enjoying a quiet and rural position. Containing 11 bedrooms, 3 baths, 2 staircases, lounge, handsome billiard room, 3 reception rooms, complete offices; garage and 3 cottages, glasshouses, other outbuildings; well established gardens, meadowland, orchard and spinney, in all over 19 acres. Own electric light, company's water. Telephone. Possession of house.

To be sold by auction at the St James' Estate Rooms, 20 St James Square, SW1 on Tuesday November 21st, at 2.30pm (unless previously sold). Solicitor H N Pholcox esq, 7 Trinity Street, Borough SE1....."

[Reports of the auction in the Times for 22/23 November suggest it was not sold, which is probably why Dr Salter gifted it to the Borough of Bermondsey]

28 Oct 1922 Fowls' Long Trip KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
"Two pens of White Wyandottes have safely reached a Hartley firm [Cherry Orchard Farm] after a journey of over 4,000 miles from Canada."

04 Nov 1922 Fairby Grange for Sale Country Life
Hampton & Sons advert - "Kent. About 1 mile from Fawkham Station on the SE&C railway. The comfortable and attractive freehold 17th century residence "Fairby Grange" [Pictured] in the parish of Hartley, Fawkham, equipped with modern conveniences yet still retainig the fine old characteristics of the period, and enjoying a quiet and rural position containing 11 bedrooms, 3 baths, 2 staircases, lounge, handsome billiard room, 3 reception rooms, complete offices; garage and 3 cottages, glasshouses, other outbuildings; well established gardens, meadowland, orchard and spinney; in all over 19 acres. Own electric light. Company's water, telephone. Possession of house. // To be sold by auction at the St James' Estate Rooms, 20 St James' Square, SW1 on Tuesday November 21st at 2.30pm (unless previously sold)......" // [It seems Alfred Salter first tried to sell Fairby before donating it to Bermondsey Borough Council]

11 Nov 1922 An Active Campaign KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
"Mr D M Mason, the Liberal candidate whose address to the electors of the Chislehurst division appears in another column, is meeting with an encouraging reception wherever he goes. He is addressing two meetings nightly in some part of the widely scattered division. Last night he was in Ash and Hartley. Tonight he has arranged to speak at Longfield Schools at 7.30pm and at Southleet Schools at 8.30pm....." [From a standing start he achieved 35% of the poll against 65% for the Conservatives. The Tories had basically won 100% of the poll in 1918 as the only candidates were the Conservatives and a right wing Conservative splinter called the National party]

25 Nov 1922 Speedgate Site KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
"As the housing site at Speedgate, Fawkham, which was given by Mr Sidney Lee, will not now be required, at a meeting of the Rural Council at Dartford, on Tuesday, it was recommended that it be reconveyed to the owner."

18 Dec 1922 Gift of a House Westminster Gazette
"Alderman Dr A Salter MP has offered, as trustee, to present to the Bermondsey Borough Council a freehold residence and 19 acres of land, known as Fairby Grange, situate at Hartley, Fawkham, Kent. The suggestion is that the residence and grounds could be used as a convalescent hom in connection with the council's Maternity and Child Welfare and other public health work in the borough. It has 11 bedrooms, lounge, reception rooms, complete offices with garage, 3 cottages, glass houses and outbuildings. Allowing for government grant and contributions from convalescents, the annual cost upon the rates of maintaining the premisses is expected to be about £750."

02 Jan 1923 Letter to the Editor Daily Mirror
Frederick Welch writes about suicide in Roman times

06 Jan 1923 Local News in Brief KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
Longfield and District Nursing Association

"The committee has appointed a second nurse for the district, which now includes Darenth, in addition to Hartley, part of Fawkham, Longfield, Green Street Green. The address of the nurses are: Mrs Weaver, Kent Road, Longfield, and Miss Breman c/o Mrs Mannings 1 Watchgate, Green Street Green. Applications for either nursse (who will work as colleagues) may be made to either address."

Women's Hour

"Women of Longfield have every reason to be delighted at the institution of a 'Women's Hour' at the Free Church, Essex Road. In a locality somewhat isolated from the life and activities of the present day, Longfield women have long felt the need of bright, social and spiritual intercourse. Happily this need has now been met, and every Thursday afternoon the women meet under the able supervision of Mrs Coote of Gravesend. Bright and helpful intercourse is the keynote of the meetings, and the ever alluring cup of tea, which gives the social and homely atmosphere, is greatly enjoyed. A club run for the benefit of the members is much appreciated. The organisers and members will be delighted to welcome any women to this social hour."

13 Jan 1923 Local News in Brief KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
Chickens for Sale

"Two high class White Wyandotte breeding pens for disposal, 6 hens and unrelated cockerel, £4 carriage paid - Campkin Bros, Cherry Orchard Farm, Hartley, Longfield."

For Sale

"Inlaid rosewood china cabinet - Ellerby, Woodcote, Hartley."

20 Jan 1923 Poultry Advert KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
"Ernest J Gee, The Grange, Hartley, Longfield, Light Sussex specialist. Sittings 10s per 15 unreplaced."

27 Jan 1923 Eggs for Hatching KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
"Fertile eggs from high grade utility Light Sussex. Healthy and vigorous birds. Proved heavy winter layers. 8s per dozen. T F Tate, Hartley, Longfield" (advert)

03 Feb 1923 Local News in Brief KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
Gilbert and Ellerby

(Advert) "Sawn logs for Burning. Price, delivered in Gravesend and Dartford 37/6 per ton (ton lots), 35/- per ton (4 ton lots). Hartley and Longfield - 30/- per ton. Ash fencing stakes. Prices on application. Cash with order. Gilbert & Ellerby, Hartley, Longfield."

10 Feb 1923 Local News in Brief KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
Chickens for Sale

"1922 Barron Strain white leghorn pullets, 10s each, £5 10s dozen; 1921 Barron direct White Leghorn Pullets, 6s each, £3 dozen - Wise, Appledore, Hartley, Longfield."

16 Feb 1923 Barlow v Symons Dartford Chronicle
Barlow v Symons, 30 shillings damages for trespass by defendant's horses. Plaintiff said to be squatter.

17 Feb 1923 Local News in Brief KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
Ash Road Widening

Due to commence soon since given go ahead by Unemployment Grants Committee.

Longfield Fire Brigade

G T Lynds of Longfield Hill writes that recent statements about the Longfield Brigade being abolished in 1914 were not quite correct. He said the vote then was not on the agenda, and therefore was not lawful.


Furniture in downstairs room of New Barn House, residence of Mr F G McIntosh, destroyed by fire. Locals put fire out before Gravesend Fire Brigade arrived.

24 Feb 1923 Hartley Poultry Success KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
"A pen of Buff Plymouth Rocks, entered in the Wye College Laying Tests by Messrs Campkin Bros, of Cherry Orchard Farm, finished second in their section, and 5th in the whole test, outpointing all pens of Wyandottes, Light Sussex, Leghorns and Any Other Variety Light Breeds."

03 Mar 1923 Local News in Brief KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
Property Sale Results

Porter Putt and Fletcher auction of 28 February, plots on Fawkham Park Estate realised £50. [advert in paper of 17 February says they were plots 114-123 and 332-338, at £3 a plot a considerable loss for the seller. Plots were sited in Bramledown and Church Road]

Return of the Rector

Rev Bancks has returned to Hartley after long illness. Hopes to resume duties on Sunday.

10 Mar 1923 Longfield Parish Council KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
(1) Dartford RDC to repair broken stiles on footpath from Station Road to Fawkham Church. (2) Mr Wright said he had got DRDC to write to the Railway Company about the state of the steps from Hartley Road to the Station.

07 Apr 1923 Farm for Sale at Hartley KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
"Kent. Valuable Small Poultry Farm. Situate in the village of Hartley, one mile from Fawkham Station, and 5 minutes from Church etc. The cottage residence standing some 250ft above sea level, in picturesque position, contains 2 reception, 3 bedrooms, kitchen, offices etc. Co's water. Modern drainage. The buildings include brick incubator house and incubators, large poultry houses, several other houses , brooders, coops etc. The land is in good heart, and comprises meadowland, with the exception of a stretch of valuable woodland running along one side of the property, extending to an area of about 13 acres. Price Freehold £2,200 (or near offer). Harrods Ltd, 62-64 Brompton Road SW1."

[This is probably Fairhaven in Manor Drive and would have included the site of the future Springcroft]

12 Apr 1923 Cherry Orchard Farm Advert Dudley Chronicle
(Advert) "Buff Plymouth Rocks. Our Pen led all pens of Wyandottes, Leghorns and Sussex in the Wye College Laying Test, just concluded. Sittings, 15 eggs 12/6, carriage paid - Campkin brothers, Cherry Orchard Farm, Hartley, Longfield, Kent."

14 Apr 1923 Local News in Brief KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
Jehovah's Witnesses Advert

"International Bible Students Association - Satan's Empire Falling - Millions now living will never die - Striking lecture, Sunday April 15th - Gravesend…Bexleyheath… Longfield at Mr John Foster's Coach House, Station Road at 3pm, Hartley at the Bible Students' Hut, at 6.30pm. Speaker Mr W Ingram......" [The IBSA split in 1931, the dominant faction renaming themselves Jehovah's Witnesses]

Dartford RDC

Hartley Parish meeting had said 3 footpaths were blocked, surveyor will deal with this. They also asked for widening of St John's Lane, but DRDC say it is not in their estimates. DRDC also discussed the worn steps leading from Hartley Road to the Station, Railway Company and adjoining landowners disclaim responsibility, DRDC reackon Longfield PC should pay.

Longfield Churchyard

At annual parish meeting "the Rector explained that the Churchyard was not capable of providing more than about half a dozen further graves. He could not obtain land to extend the churchyard eastwards, and when he endeavoured some years ago to obtain land on the other side of the road, the excessive cost of the restrictions raised by the land agents made the plan impossible. He did not see any plan than to ask the parish to provide the necessary burial ground. After some discussion, the meeting authorised the Rector to obtain advice as to all methods of procedure and to act in teh best interests of the parish. If any plan could be arranged to keep the burial ground adjoining the church it was the unanimous feeling of the meeting that it would be the most popular course."

[Paper of 16.6.1923 contains an advert from their local agent F C Harris of Hartley Wood [=2 Hartley Wood Corner]. to send him postcard to be sent a leaflet. Earlier advert in KM 25.2.1922, talks at The Hut by Fairby Grange and Mr J Foster's Coach House, Longfield, speaker Mr J Chapman]

21 Apr 1923 Local News in Brief KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
Thomas Coulson

of Fairby Cottage, Hartley. Funeral at Longfield Church April 4th.

Longfield Rectory Lawn Tennis Club

Will open for play May 5th. Mrs Fitch has donated 2 prizes for the coming season.

16 Jun 1923 Local News in Brief KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
Room to Let

"Furnished bedroom to let for lady - Bungalette, Hartley, Longfield."

Ye Countrie Fayre: Mr R C Nesbitt MP at Fawkham

"Amid picturesque surroundings, Mr R C Newbitt, MP, opened Ye Olde Countrie Fayre on Saturday at Scudders Farm, Fawkham (lent by Mr T B Hohler CB CMG), in aid of the Church Restoration Fund, one of the main objects being the repair of the tower.

Mr Nesbitt, who was introduces by the Rector (the Rev J Trevor Matchett), said he thought church-people were inclined to rely too much on what their forefathers had done for them, and he explained the need for the present generation to provide funds for work required for the church in their time. Referring to church finance, he said that there was now an opportunity for all, both rich and poor, to contribute according to their means to the work of the church generally.... Mr Nesbitt visited all the stalls, indulged in some lucky dips, fished in the fish pond, went in for a raffle, and made some purchases, but lamentably failed to guess either the age of a cockerel or the weight of a cake...." (list of stalls, judges and entertainers followed).

23 Jun 1923 Local News in Brief KM (Gravesend Telegraph)

At a public meeting in Hartley in the schoolroom, the majority decided not to pay for the tithe to be reapportioned. Cherry Orchard Farm Advert

"We have a limited number of Pure Canadian White Wyandotte Cockerels surplus to our requirements fo rthe 1924 breeding season. Bred from pens imported by us in 1922 from Martin, Ontario, the world's greatest Wyandotte specialist and originator of the Regal Dorcas strain, in which the combination of type with utility has been proved at all the premier shows and laying trials in Canada and USA, these birds should prive invaluable for increasing vitality, improving type, and ensuring the standard egg... Cherry Orchard Farm (Capkin Bros), Hartley, Longfield, Kent.

Prepare for 1924 - 6 pedigree White Wyandotte Hens (1922) and unrelated cockerel (1923), carrying with them our usual guarantee of satisfaction, £3 carriage paid (see also our offer of Buff Plymouth Rocks and Canadian Wyandottes in this issue - Campkin Bros etc..."

29 Jun 1923 House for Sale Bromley & West Kent Mercury
"Kent. Freehold 5 roomed bungalow, bathroom and scullery, company's water, nearly ¾ acre, 150 fruit trees, vacant possession, £975 or near offer. Owner - Malva, Hartley, Near Longfield, Kent".

18 Jul 1923 Fairby Grange Mother and Baby Home N/A
Fairby Grange given to Bermondsey Council as home for mothers and babies, Neville Chamberlain, health secretary approves scheme provided no government money is used

21 Jul 1923 Local News in Brief KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
The Funeral of Mrs S Caddel

"took place on Friday, the deceased lady being interred in the family grave in Hartley Churchyard. The officiating clergy were the Revs E Ffinch and S J Poole…." Long list of mourners and flowers.

Local Builder Avert

"Note - for bungalows, houses etc, wood or brick, built to order, at reasonable prices, repairs, alterations etc, apply Ilott, Builder etc, Hartley Longfield Kent and Lewisham SE."

03 Aug 1923 County Cricket Trial Tonbridge Free Press (KM)
"A county trial was held on the Angel cricket ground yesterday (Thursday) when 20 youngsters of varying ages batted, bowled and kept wicket at the nets under the surveillance of Mr Tom Pawley, Mr Middleton Kemp, Capt Tylden, Mr HM Maybrooke and Alec Hearne. The general standard of the boys' play was criticised by Mr Hearne as being fair, and taking into consideration the many opportunities boys now get for playing cricket, their play might reasonably have been expected to have been better. One the best among the bowlers was G Beslee [George Beslee, 1904-75, played for Kent 1925-30], a fast right hander with a good delivery.

[one of the other triallists, who never got to play for Kent was L J Dunmall of Longfield, bowler. Indeed it seems possibly only one other out of the 20 got to play for the county]

11 Aug 1923 Longfield Parish Council KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
(1) Dartford RDC to look at state of Main Road and bank and path by Pondowne Villas. (2) Longfield Hill allotment holders to be told they have to stop selling their produce as it's against the law. (3) Steps leading from Hartley Road to Longfield Station have been repaired by DRDC.

18 Aug 1923 Land for Sale Yorkshire Post
"Freehold - 4 acres well matured orchard, suitable for anyone about to retire, and wishing to build in a beauty spot of Kent, 23 miles from London; present crop will return good portion of purchase money; price £160 per acre. Also house, with possession, and 5 acres of land, £1,650. Several 1 acre plots at £80 per acre, and 5 acres of orchard £110 per acre - Gray, Bank Buildings, Hartley, Longfield, Kent."

[Highfields, Manor Drive]

18 Aug 1923 Local News in Brief KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
Poultry for Sale

"To poultry farmers. The Poultry Farm, Hartley, 1½ miles from Fawkham Station. 1,000 pure bred Leghorns, including 600 April and May hatched pullets and 50 selected cockerels (Cam, Barron and Collinson strains). Bay Cob Gelding, Seven 150 egg incubators. 28 poultry houses (the majority built by J Halsall, Kirkham, Lancs), Brooder house (60ft x 15ft, 17 Foster Mothers. Chaff cutter, harness, market cart, light trap, hen coops, egg boxes, iron corn bins, large quantity wire netting, timber etc. Mr E J Parker is instructed by Mr J W Harwood to sell the above by auction on Friday September 7th 1923 at 12 o'clock..."

21 Aug 1923 Beautified Bermondsey Pall Mall Gazette
"Floral supplied from own estate: Bermondsey Borough Council has acquired Fairby Grange, Fawkham, Kent, as a convalescent home for mothers, and the Beautification Committee of the Council will draw from the property supplies of trees, shrubs, plants and cut flowers to adorn the streets, open spaces, and buildings in the borough. Fields of about 8 acres are available for cultivation, and there is also a kitchen garden of 1½ acres, a large orchard, and a spinney."

01 Sep 1923 Fairby Lane, Land for Sale Folkestone Herald
"4 acres planted orchard land; about 900 trees; part of gentleman's smallholding; mile Fawkham Station; in charming village abutting on main road; frontage 340 ft on private road; water supply; most suitable erection bungalow; only wants seeing; low price; including crop apples if sold immediately - Apply, The Limit, Hartley, Kent."

[The Limit was a smallholding sold by Small Owners Limited, the house is now called Ambleside. The road referred to is probably Fairby Lane.]

10 Sep 1923 Land for Sale in Longfield Times
Sale of The Retreat, Longfield and 1-6 Mabel Cottages (let at £130.12 pa) and 4 Court Villas

22 Sep 1923 Local News in Brief KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
Pig for Sale

"For sale - Good bacon pig, half ton meadow hay, small trolley, good secondhand wood and large manure guards, or will exchange. Jones, Homefield, Hartley, Longfield [Homefield was on the corner of Stack Lane and Ash Road]

28 Sep 1923 Letter to the Editor Daily Mirror
Frederick Welch writes to say birdsong is best when heard in the wild

29 Sep 1923 Improving District Roads KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
"With reference to the suggested improvement works on district roads, for which grants are to be made by the Road Board, the Highways Committee of the Dartford RDC have received the plans and estimates prepared as under: …. Longfield to Longfield Hill (2 improvements) £729 16s; Longfield to Hartley Road (adjoining Longfield Station) £351 6s; New Barn Road, Southfleet £619 10s. The committee recommended that the whole of these schemes be submitted to the Ministry of Transport with a view of their being carried out as unemployment works, and of obtaining the full grant in aid of the expenditure....."

04 Oct 1923 Theatrical Agent Advertisement The Stage
"Edward W Wemyss, having mutually relinquished his position as General Manager of Messrs Heslop & Sons Ltd, is starting business on his own account as Variety, Concert Party and Theatrical Agent, will be pleased to hear from all concert artists and proprietors with their full date sheet at the undermentioned address pending an office in the West End.

Wanted Concert Parties, South, October 22 on. Musical Comedies and Revues playing smalls. Artists for Panto and Revue.

Hartley Court Cottage, Longfield, Kent."

06 Oct 1923 Honey for Sale KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
"Finest Kentish Honey - Extracted 7lb tin 10s 6d post free; 1lb jar, 1s 9d, ½lb jar, 1s; comb 1lb section 2s 6d at apiary only - Robertson, Hartley Hill Cottage, Near Longfield, Kent"

13 Oct 1923 Sale of Stock at Homefield KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
"Homefield, Hartley, Longfield. About 1 mile from Fawkham Station, sale by auction of live and dead stock including 15 head of swine, 2 goats and kid, 200 head of poultry. Pig troughs, wire netting, coops, lawn mower, tanks, a large quantity of useful timber, quantity of hay. Range of piggeries, 2 sectional poultry houses, 5 useful outbuildings. A few items of household furniture. Mr E J Parker has received instructions from Mr F Jones to sell the above by auction on the premises on Friday 26th October 1923, commencing at 1pm sharp...."

27 Oct 1923 Local News in Brief KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
Road Improvement

"The widening and improvement of the Hartley to Ash Road is now practically completed."

Dartford RDC

They agreed to pay the higher wages to workmen transferred to Longfield Depot where the wages are lower. They also agreed to put up a fence on Mr T C Allchin's property by road improvements.

01 Nov 1923 Singer Advert The Stage
"Edward Wemyss, Baritone, Hartley Court Cottage, Longfield, Kent."

03 Nov 1923 Presentation to the Rector and Miss Bancks KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
"The completion of 21 years as Rector of Hartley by the Rev G W Bancks MA was happily marked on Saturday when parishioners and friends assembled in the Lecture Room of Fairby Stores, to present him and Miss Bancks with tangible evidence of goodwill. Mr S Newcombe presided and tea was provided by a ladies' committee, comprising Mrs Newcombe, Mrs Farrow, Mrs Snow and Mrs T F Tate. A short programme was rendered by Mrs Balchin, Mrs Symons, Mr Chisholm and Mr J Wells Thatcher. The Chairman scored further success with humorous songs, while Mr Chishom jun showed himself the skilled pianist. In making the presentation, Mr Newcombe said it gave him particular pleasure, as the Rector's oldest Hartley friends to ask Mr Bancks to accept a birthday gift from his parishioners. The suggestion of making a practical recognition of the Rector's 'coming of age' came from Mr Gray, and met with an immediate response. The subscription list showed that throughout the parish Mr Bancks was held in the highest esteem. The Chairman then handed Mr Bancks a silver bacon dish and a cheque. Mr Newcombe congratulated Miss Bancks on her recovery from her operation, and handed her a silver mirror, remarking that whenever she looked into it she would see a reflection of health and happiness. Mr Bancks, who was cordially received said he could not find words to express his feelings at the great kindness shown him and his daughter. He remembered well the circumstances of his appointment to the living of Hartley in 1902. Great changes had taken place in the village and many had passed away. The great kindness shown to himthat day relieved the sadness with joy. The handsome dish would have a double value - its practical purpose, and as a means of keeping always for him a warm recollection of the generosity of his neighbours and friends. Miss Bancks said that although she felt unable to say a great deal, she appreciated their kindness very much indeed. A vote of thanks was passed to the Ladies' Committee for their hospitality."

"The Archdeacon of Rochester on Sunday preached at Hartley Church. Referring to the decorations recently carried out in the church, the Archdeacon said he was glad to see that there had been no attempt at 'artistic' decoration. Their ancient parish church had rightly been treated in a simple way in keeping with the building and its traditions."

17 Nov 1923 Local News in Brief KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
Armistice Day

Large congregation at All Saints'. Wreaths laid at War memorial, where Captain Webster had inscribed "Lest We Forget" in white chrysanthemums. Poppy day sales raised £4 19s 3d.

Joseph Leigh

(Longfield) "The funeral took place on Saturday at the Parish Church, of Mr Joseph Leigh, railway signalman at Fawkham, deceased, who was president of the local branch of the National Union of Railwaymen, came to Fawkham in 1911. He passed away after a brief illness. Some 57 railwaymen were present, together with representatives from all stations between Swanley and Sittingbourne, including Southfleet, Gravesend and Chatham. The cortege was headed by Mr Tapsell (stationmaster of Fawkham) and Mr Norman (late of Fawkham), and the bearers were 4 signalmen, friends of the deceased......."

24 Nov 1923 Poultry for Sale KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
"For sale - January Cockerels, Minorcas, Indian Game and Buff Rocks; splendid condition - Watson, Wayside, Hartley."

01 Dec 1923 Brass Band KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
"Following a public meeting, with the Rector Rev G W Bancks in the chair, a brass band has been established, to be known as the Hartley and District Band. Over 20 men and lads have already joined. Lieut-Col J Waley Cohen DSO has been elected president, and the Conductor will be Mr T F Tate."

08 Dec 1923 Funeral at Hartley KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
"The funeral took place at Hartley, on Monday of Mrs Maria Ray, of Orchard House, Swanscombe, who died on the previous Wednesday. Deceased, who attained the age of 95 was the daughter of Mr William and mrs Eliza Bensted of Longfield Court, and married Mr Martin Ray of Franks Hall, Horton Kirby. Until her husband died in 1882 she lived at Ridley Court, near Wrotham. She had 4 sons, one of whom is Archdeacon Ray, Rector of All Saints' Church, Manchester. After the death of her husband she lived with her son, then Priest in Charge of Swanscombe parish church for 5 years. When her son left Swanscombe, Mrs Ray moved to Coombe Lodge, and afterwards to Orchard House....."

22 Dec 1923 New phone line Folkestone Herald
New subscriber to Ash (Dartford) exchange - M Roberts, Brandshatch Place, Fawkham. Ash 17.

28 Dec 1923 Poultry Show Success Bucks Examiner
Ernest Gee of Hartley Grange - success in local poultry show (see article)

29 Dec 1923 Burning Fatality at Hartley KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
"Methylated Spirits to Relight a Fire: The extremely sad circumstances of the death of Mrsa Anna Maud Edith Harwood, 34, wife of Mr J W Harwood of the Poultry Farm, Hartley, Longfield were investigated by the Gravesend Coroner (Mr G Evans Penman) at the Town Hall on Monday afternoon. In her husband's absence, deceased poured methylated spirits onto the fire to revive it and set light to herself in the kitchn. Badly burned, she ran to a neighbour, and was subsequently brought to the Gravesend Hospital, where she died.

James Wilfred Harwood, the husband, said on the previous Thursday night he went out about 8 o'clock, leaving his wife and their little boy of 3 in the house. Returning later he found the kitchen on fire. He went upstairs and took the boy from his cot. Having put the fire out, he found his wife wrapped in blankets at the house of a neighbour, Mrs Hamilton. At the hospital, where witness stayed with deceased during the night, she made a remark about her usual silly tricks. What he thought happened was that his wife put some methylated spirtis on the fire, that it ignited and that she jumped back and dropped the bottle. The spirits were kept on the mantelpiece for lighting a Primus stove. The Coroner: Have you looked for this bottle of methylated spirits since? Witness: Yes, it was just in front of the fire. Was the bottle broken? - The neck of the bottle was. There were still some spirits in it. How much was in it do you think when you went out? There would not be much because it was near the end of the week. Have you ever known your wife to pour methylated spirits on the fire before? - Not before.

Mrs Lilian Hamilton said deceased came to her house about 11.30 on Thursday night. Her husband opened the door while she got her dressing gown on, as they were in bed at the time. The deceased had very little clothing on and a mackintosh which she had wrapped around herself was still smouldering. Mr Hamilton helped her indoors and she collapsed on a bed. The Coroner: Did she tell you what had happened? Witness: She said 'I was putting some spirits on the fire. What a silly thing to do.' Do I understand her clothing had been burned off her? - Yes. She was in her ordinary day clothing? - Yes. Mr Harwood she continued, came in about 10 minutes afterwards. She treated the deceased's burns with oil, while Mr Hamilton telephoned for Dr Pinching at Gravesend. The doctor said he could do nothing if he came out. He advised them to wrap deceased in blankets and to convey her as quickly as possible to the hospital. Deceased told witness that she wrapped the mackintosh round herself and rolled in mud, adding, 'I hope the house is alright and the boy.'

Mr A Richardson, house surgeon, said that when brought to the hospital at 12.40 am on December 21st, deceased was conscious but very ill. She died at 11.10. She was extensively burned about the front part of the body and the limbs. The cause of death was shock occasioned by the burns. She told witness she had been using methylated spirits to make up the fire.

The Coroner, returning a verdict of 'Accidental Death,' said it was another case of a person losing her life through her own carelessness. It was not many months ago that he held an inquest on a servant girl from the same neighbourhood, who died in similar circumstances. It only showed how careful people ought to be in the use of methylated spirits to light fires. Having elicited that the deceased was wearing partly woollen clothing, Mr Penman said his experience was that the burns were always more extensive in such cases. He expressed regret at the great misfortune that had befallen Mr Harwood, particularly at that time of the year."

29 Dec 1923 Hartley Church KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
By the Rector, The Rev Gerard W Bancks. Lengthy article, much of the which information would later appear in Hartley Through the Ages. "…..Carpenters and bricklayers were busy in the church in the beginning of the 18th century, and during the first half of the 19th century. The turret was repaired in 1838, and two buttresses built in 1859. Between 1860 and 1862 much alteration and restoration took place. The pews were altered, the roof retiled, the vestry was built and also the present east wall of the chancel. In 1892 the west wall was entirely rebuilt and the gallery removed. And a little later the present porch replaced the old one......" He writes much about the door, the 14th century bell and the "leper window". There are various theories as to what they were used for. "It is thought by some that lights were shown from low side window to keep away evil spirits from the churchyard. If this is so, the goblins must have been exceptionally troublesome here, for there is a second one of these windows, now blocked up, the north side of the church."

05 Jan 1924 Locals Write to the Paper KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
A Hartley Correspondent's Criticisms

Writer "Hartley" comments on two recent news items. He contrasts the 40 shilling fine on the case of animal cruelty at West Yoke, described by the vet as the worst case he'd seen in 40 years, with a 50 shilling fine imposed by Bromley magistrates on someone for speeding and having a licence 3 weeks out of date. He also wonders whether had a doctor come out the recent burning case in Hartley, they might have survived.

[In following week's paper Dr Welch of Dalesford, Hartley Green replied to say such cases are often fatal and they are better off treated in hospital, he thought the doctor gave the correct advice]

Prohibition no Panacea

S S Elvidge of Eastcote, Longfield Terrace, Longfield, accuses the proponents of prohibition of twisting facts to suit their arguments. Rather than saving money in America as they argue, he points out drinkers have just bought from alternative sources for at least the same price.

18 Jan 1924 Gift to Fairby Brockley News
"A Ford car, given recently by Mr C L Nordon to Bermondsey Borough Council for use at their new convalescent home at Hartley, Kent, has been returned. Mr Nordon has now sent a cabinet gramophone with records."

26 Jan 1924 New phone line Folkestone Herald
New subscriber to Longfield telephone exchange: J J Pankhurst. Longfield 28

16 Feb 1924 New phone line Folkestone Herald
New subscriber to Longfield telephone exchange: Dartford Rural District Council Depot, Longfield. Longfield 29

16 Feb 1924 Local News in Brief KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
Ash Highways

Dartford RDC have heard Ash PC agree with stopping up footpath at Holywell Park. They are also repairing Hartley Bottom Road, after H Smith of Ash wrote to complain of poor state of road by Red Cow Farm. Additional land at Forge site, Ash to be additional gardens for tenants.

23 Feb 1924 House in Manor Drive for Sale KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
"For sale, immediate possession, convenient modern house, 3 reception, 4 bedrooms, field, in all 3 acres, more land if desired; price £2,000; view by appointment only - Bourdillon, Hartley, Near Longfield, Kent." [The house is Aldingham, although in 1924 it was called June Hill]

01 Mar 1924 New phone line Folkestone Herald
New subscriber to Longfield telephone exchange: Bermondsey Borough Council Convalescent Hospital. Longfield 5

14 Mar 1924 Death of Mr J M Dobson Acton Gazette
"Mr James Murray Dobson MInstCE who died recently at his residence at Longfield, Kent, was a younger brother of Austin Dobson, the poet, whose family is well known in Ealing.

Born in 1846 at Plymouth, where his father was resident engineer of the new breakwater, the greater part of his pupilege was served with his father, who by that time had moved to Holyhead, and was engaged on the harbour works. His last year he served with Sir John Hawkshaw FRS and he was one of his assistants fro 1865 to 1885. During this time he was in charge of the Maryport Dock, which he worked from London, in addition, he had a large office of his own, where he worked out the designs of the Stockton Bridge, the iron work of which was carried out undre his supervision. He also prepared in his private office for Sir John Hawkshaw, the girder work for the railway lines under the London Hospital, and the iron work for the Underground Stations of Mark Lane [renamed Tower Hill, but replaced by current station in 1967], Aldgate East and St Mary's Whitechapel [closed in 1938 when Aldgate East Station was moved]. In 1885 he went to South America to prepare the surveys and designs for the Buenos Aires dock and harbour works for Sir John Hawkshaw Son and Hayter.

On the retirement of Sir John Hawkshaw in 1890, he was made a member of the firm south of the Equator, his appointment as joint engineer for the Buenos Aires works being specifically approved by the Argentine Government. In September 1890 he was appointed a commissioner on the Rosario harbour works. On the death of the senior partner the firm was renamed Hawkshaw and Dobson. In 1901 Mr Dobson was appointed joint consulting engineer for the Madras Railway, and was also consulting engineer for the Mauritius Government Railways, Holyhead Harbour and the Belfast Harbour Commissioners, and for the Salina Cruz and Coatzacoalcos Harbours, the West of India Portuguese Guaranteed Railway and the Midland Railway of Western Australia.

Early in 1914, Mr Dobson offered one of his large houses in Blackheath to the War Office as an auxiliary hospital. He leaves a widow and by his first marriage an only daughter, who married Lewis, second son of R E Longfield, Longeuville, Mallow, Co Cork."

15 Mar 1924 Local News in Brief KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
Goats for Sale

"For sale - excellent goats, heavy milking strain; good companions. Gilbert, Hartley, Longfield." [Not entirely sure but it seems the Gilberts owned the land that became Rosecroft and Westwood etc, Ash Road]

Tithe Reapportionment

"At Darford RDC meeting the Housing Committee reported that Mr DTR Gray, Bank Buildings, Hartley, stated he was communicating with owners of property in Hartley with a view of entering into an arrangement for a general reapportionment of the title rent charge, and enquiring whether the council, as owners of a piece of land there, would do likewise, as, if 40 owners were agreeable, the fees would be £2 2s each. As these fees were considerably less than if a single reapportionment were carried out, the committee recommended the council to agree."

Longfield Quarry

Surveyor to Dartford RDC said grievance of men was reduction of 10 shillings on the amount due for their output per week. Council has now run out of flints for St James' Lane and Cobham Terrace work. Recommends restoring payment as any other source will incur heavy haulage costs.

Longfield Churchyard and War Memorial

Hope conveyance of land for extension will be signed soon. Fund raising for £70 cost of a war memorial.

Builders' Material for sale

"Timber, Asbestos Sheets and Tiles, blue, grey or red; Poultry Houses etc. made to order; competitive prices; honest value. Harris & Co, Hartley Wood Corner, Longfield."

22 Mar 1924 Local News in Brief KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
Dartford RDC Elections

Contested election in Hartley. Architect and Surveyor W T Boucher standing against Rev E Smith. Fawkham (Rev J T Matchett) and Longfield (W Wright) uncontested.

A Double Offence

(Gravesend Magistrates) "Leonard Stephens, of Homefield, Hartley, pleaded guilty to travelling on the South Eastern and Chatham Railway without paying his fare on February 19th.

Mr L A Watkin, for the Company, said defendant first travelled from Longfield Halt to Gravesend West, and, having done some business in the town, west from Central Station to Charing Cross. He passed the barriers at different stations showing a season ticket. The ticket was examined at Charing Cross and was found to have expired on November 29th. Defendant said force of circumstances compelled him to commit the offence. He had been out of work for a year, and was a married man with 2 children, both of whom were ill. He admitted he had used the ticket on other occasions since it expired, but said he had always paid his fare when he had the money. Defendant said he went after a situation in London, for which he had been asked for an interview, and came to Gravesend because he lost the 10.6 train from Longfield. Other times, if he had a shilling, he had walked to Dartford and caught the last workmen's train to London. On this occasion he had nothing. The chairman: Have you got a situation now? - No sir. I am still out of employment. He was, he said, a clerk.

The Bench having convicted, Mr Watkin said defendant was fined £1 at Bow Street for travelling from Gravesend Central to Charing Cross without a ticket. The present summons was in respect of the journey from Longfield Halt to Gravesend West. The magistrate at Bow Street asked him (Mr Watkin) if he would waive his costs, and he did.

Defendant: The ironical part was I broke the journey at Gravesend. If I had caught the other train from Longfield there would have been only one prosecution. The Chairman: Was time given to pay the fine? Mr Watkin: Yes. The magistrate gave him 14 days to pay. The bench imposed a fine of 5 shillings and remitted the costs. A month was allowed for payment." [It seems the magistrates were very sympathetic to Mr Stephens's predicament]

29 Mar 1924 Sale of Stock at Fairby Farm Kentish Gazette
"Fairby Farm, Hartley, Kent. One mile from Fawkham Station, on the main Chatham line, and on bus routes from Dartford and Gravesend to Longfield.

Messrs Philip Champion & Sons have received instructions from Messrs Small Owners Ltd to sell by auction upon the premises as above, on Friday 4th April 1924, at 11 o'clock am, the whole of the live and dead farming stock including:

6 valuable cart horses, bay cob, 39 ewes and lambs, southdown ram, 160 head of poultry. The extensive and complete assortment of implements, Titan tractor, waggons, carts, sets of harness, poultry appliances, the small tools and miscellaneous effects, together with the equipments and fittings of the well known Hartley Jam Factory. Catalogues may be obtained at the place of sale; and of the auctioneers, as above [Maidstone & Dartford]"

05 Apr 1924 Local News in Brief KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
Rural Council Election

"Interest has been aroused at the prospect of a contest. The retiring councillor, the Rev Edward Smith, the rector of Longfield, has represented Hartley for many years, and is Chairman of the Finance Committee. Mr W T Boucher, and architect and surveyor, and was for some time a member of the Rochester City Council. Mr Boucher's supporters have been very active. With a total voters roll of about 260, only a narrow margin can be expected for the successful candidate."

19 Apr 1924 Local News in Brief KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
Rural Council Election

Hartley result, "the Rev E Smith of Longfield, with 44 votes, lost his seat, Mr W T Boucher, a resident, being successful with 102." [It not fair to suggest that Rev E Smith didn't live in the ward as at the time Longfield Rectory (now the Old Rectory) was in Hartley Parish]

Lay Reader

Mr W Walklate of Hartley Grange hopes to become lay reader at Longfield, when granted he will take services in the Longfield Hill Mission Room.

Longfield Parish Council

(1) Several complaints about Court Pond and calls to fill it in, children playing in the water said to frequently catch chills. (2) Council won recent court case but still had to pay £400 in costs.

Death of Mr A Hollands

"The death has occurred of Mr Alfred Hollands, licensee of the Railway Tavern, at the age of 62 years. He came to the village 5 years ago from Wrotham Hill. He was formerly captain of Stansted CC.

15 May 1924 Adverts The Stage
Advert by Jimmie Gordon of the Croft, Ash Road [Called himself baritone singer, character actor and entertainer]

25 May 1924 Burglary in Ash Road Dartford Chronicle
Two youths named Henry George Payne and George Thomas Cracknell, said to have no fixed abode, were charged at Dartford Police Court on Saturday before Alderman J Lawrence Mitchell (in the chair), Messrs F S Putland and A J Penney, with shop breaking at the Hartley Co-operative Stores on the night of April 15th-16th, and stealing tubes of soap, boot polish, tooth brushes, knife polish, candles and an attache case etc.

Superintendent Fowle said the prisoners were only arrested at Gravesend the previous night, and he had not completed the case. He asked for a remand till Tuesday.

Detective-Sergeant Stutchfield said he arrested the two at Gravesend the previous day, and Payne made a lengthy statement. He went to a house in Queen Street and recovered articles produced in court.

The two were remanded as requested by the police.

When the pair were brought up on Tuesday, Mr A M Fleet was in the chair. It was stated that the stolen property was valued at 30 shillings.

William Charles Wise of Melba, Hartley, secretary to the Hartley Co-operative Society, which is registered under the Friendly Societies Act, said he closed he stores about 4.30 on the night of April 15th. On the following morning he found things lying on the floor of the shop, and then noticed that other things had been taken away. He subsequently discovered that a window at the side of the store had been broken and a pane of glass removed. He reported the matter to the police, and on the morning of the 19th he was shown an attache case and a number of other articles by Superintendent Fowle, which he identified as having been stolen.

Albert Alfred Holder, of 53 and 54 Stonebridge Hill, Northfleet, a restaurant keeper, said at 5 o'clock on the morning of April 16th, the two prisoners came into his shop and asked for tea and bread and dripping. The attache case (produced) was beside them while they ate, and Cracknell asked him if he would buy some candles and matches, and showed him the contents of the case, offering to sell the whole for 9 shillings. Witness became suspicious at this, and sent for the police. Nobody came, however, and with a view of holding the prisoners, witness bought 3 or 4 candles. He kept them about three quarters of an hour, and in the course of conversation they said they were waiting for someone to open in Northfleet so that they could sell the things. Ultimately the two left his shop.

Cracknell: Do you mean to say you sent for the police and they did not come? You did not send for them. You might as well tell the truth. Why did they not come?

Witness: That is their business not mine.

It was explained that a messenger sent by witness for the police went to the wrong house, and as a result the police never got the message.

Edward Adams, 41 Queen Street, Gravesend, said on the night of April 14th Cracknell came into his shop with another man, a local shopkeeper, to buy goods. The other man bought a razor, and gave it to Cracknell. On the 15th they came to the shop again, and the tradesman made further purchases. On the 16th both the prisoners came to the shop with the attache case produced. Cracknell said he was going away, and asked him to buy the case and contents. Witness looked at the contents and said, "It is a funny collection for you to have," adding that he already had plenty of stock of that kind, and Cracknell said they wanted 10 shillings for the things, and witness asked where they came from. Cracknell said they had been bought from time to time from men in public houses. Witness ulitmately bought all that was offered for 5 shillings. On the evening of the 18th a detective of the Gravesend police came to his shop, and he gave up the articles.

At the conclusion of witness's evidence Cracknell said he would like to see witness after the court. The clerk remarked that he dare say the police would allow him an opportunity.

Detective Sergeant Stutchfield said on the afternoon of the 18th he went with Superintendent Fowle to Gravesend , and later in the day he arrested Cracknell and told him he would be charged with shopbreaking. He replied, "I am innocent." A little later he saw Payne in the Market Place, Gravesend, and questioned him. He replied, "I will tell you the truth," and went on to say that he met Cracknell, who said he knew where he could lay his hands on some ready money. He was hard up at the time, and had no tea, and said, "All right. Where is it?" Cracknell said where it was, and about 9.45pm they set out to walk to Longfield, and then to the Hartley Stores, where Cracknell took a window out and they got in. He also said where the stuff had been sold. About 10.30 on the same evening witness went to 41a Queen Street, the residence of the witness Adams, and was handed the case and articles (produced). He charged both prisoners at Dartford Police Station, and they made no reply. On the morning of April 19th he served Cracknell with a copy of the statement made by Payne and Cracknell made a statement (produced), in which he said Payne agreed to go to Hartley to "do a job". They broke the window together, and Payne went in and handed the stuff out to him. They shared the proceeds. The statement continued, "I should not have done it, but I was down and out. I was waiting for a ship, and should have got it on Wednesday, but I could not go on till then on nothing."

Prisoners were committed for trial at the Quarter Sessions.

Cracknell said he was the oldest and would "take the job on his own and let this boy go free." He added, "It can be done."

The younger prisoner (Payne) was admitted to bail on the application of his stepfather, who is an employee of the Gravesend Corporation.

07 Jun 1924 Pigrimage to Hartley: Pre-Reformation Ceremony Revived KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
"Considerable interest amongst Roman Catholics was aroused in a pilgrimage from St Joseph's Church, Northfleet to Hartley on Wednesday, May 28th. No less than 300 formed the procession, including 40 Boy Scouts from Chatham and contingents from Dartford, London, Brighton and Worthing.

After a short service in church the Northfleet party, 100 strong, set out in three charabancs, there not being time for the pilgrimage to be made on foot as before the Reformation. The members of the Guild of the Blessed Sacrament wore their sashes and badges, and the children of Mary were in white with cloaks and veils. Prayers were offered all the way, the route being through Southfleet, Betsham, and Longfield. On arrival at Hartley War Memorial they joined the procession of Hartley people and others. The cross bearer was followed by acolytes, boys from Hartley, girls in white from Northfleet and Hartley, Children of Mary of Northfleet and Hartley, the statue and banner of Our Lady of Hartley, Rev Father Measures (rector of Northfleet), assisted by Father Hoare, Father Clayton (Westminster) and Father Ryan (Chatham), the men of the Guild from Northfleet, and the members of the various congregations. From the War Memorial the procession went to an altar erected in a field near the church, where special prayers were said.

At the church Father Measures gave an address, in which he urged the need of prayer. He said it was their duty to pray that their rulers might be wisely directed in these times of trouble. They were doing exactly the same as was done in the days when pilgrims used to walk along the Pilgrim's Way in Kent to Canterbury. That was the first pilgrimage on the old line that had been made in Kent since the time of the Reformation. The Northfleet congregation returned home continuing their devotions, and there were prayers in the church all through the night."

10 Jun 1924 House for Sale Westminster Gazette
"Spendidly built roomy bungalow residence; freehold; nearing completion; with about 2½ acres finest Kent matured orchard land (about 700 trees), being part of gentleman's smallholding; principal position in village. An ideal City man's residence. Convenient train service; about 20 miles city; 15 min walk from Fawkham Station. 2 large reception rooms, 5 bed (hot and cold water in rooms), tiled bathroom, large kitchen, fruit cellar, large verandah, garage etc, about 500 feet above sea level; unique chance, £2,000. Apply - The Limit, Hartley, near Longfield."

[Treetops, 21 Fairby Lane, was built about this time on land belonging to The Limit, now Ambleside, Ash Road]

21 Jun 1924 Local News in Brief KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
Nursery Sale

Hiddensee Nursery in Southfleet Avenue grounds and orchard sold for £385.

28 Jun 1924 Motor Works Destroyed KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
"On Sunday morning a fire broke out at the Whitehill Motor Works etc occupied by Mr Teirnan. Smoke was observed by Mr A Adams, clerk of the parish, who has the keys of the fire appliances and he immediately called for volunteers to man the fire hose. By the valuable work of Messrs H Wraight, Jesse Martin, James Heaver and James Pankhurst in a short time water was played upon the burning building, which, almost from the commencement was a blazing furnace. Mr Adams directed operations and prevented the fire reaching the adjoining properties until the arrival of the Dartford Brigade. Much praise is due to Captain Potter of the Dartford Brigade for his prompt arrival in about 6 minutes from the call. The building was destroyed, together with stock, a motor car, motorcycles etc. The cause of th fire is unknown."

30 Jun 1924 Miss Davies-Cooke Times
Miss Davies-Cooke secretary of Association for Perpetual Adoration RC mission charity

05 Jul 1924 KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
Shop Breaking at Hartley

"George Thomas Cracknell, 24, labourer, and Henry George Payne, 18, motor driver, admitted breaking into the shop of William Charles Wise and others, at Hartley, on April 15th, and stealing toothpaste ect. Mr Smith, prosecuting, said the premises were those of the Hartley Co-operative Society, and the value of the goods stolen was 30 shillings. Sergt Stutchfield said Cracknell was a native of Gravesend, a bad character, too lazy to work and associated with reputed thieves. There were 4 previous convictions against him. Payne, who was also a native of Gravesend, had been spoken of by his schoolmaster as a smart, intelligent boy. Cracknell was sentenced to 6 months' hard labour, while Payne was bound over."

Thomas Pankhurst

"Thomas Pankhurst passed away at 8 The Terrace on Monday afternoon. 40 of his 77 years had been spent in the vilage. He was a member of the Baptist Chapel, and a life member of Hartley Oddfellows. The funeral took place at Fawkham..."

25 Jul 1924 Obituary of Amy Allchin N/A
Obituary in Canadian paper of Amy Cathcart (nee Alchin), born Hartley 1870

26 Jul 1924 Katherine Waley Cohen Times
Estate of Mrs Katherine Waley Cohen of Old Downs - £14,663

02 Aug 1924 Fairby Grange Mother and Baby Home British Medical Journal
"The first municipal convalescent home for mothers and babies in this country was officially opened on July 26th by Mr Wheatley, Minister of Health. Fairby Grange which is at Fawkham, Kent, was given to Bermondsey Borough Council a year ago by Dr Alfred Salter, at that time MP for Bermondsey. The Minister, in his opening speech, spoke of the cooperative spirit which is beginning to characterise public life today. The fact that the ratepayers of Bermondsey had realised that a farthing rate was being well spent in providing convalescence for mothers who would not otherwise be able to take a holiday showed that they had realised it was the business of the community to attend to the affairs of its weaker members. The attitude of the Ministry of Health was sympathetic towards all schemes likely to further maternity and child welfare, which he considered to be the cornerstone of public health work today. In welcoming Mr Wheatley, Mrs Salter, the chairman of the Maternity and Child Welfare Committee, said that Bermondsey was proud of the fact that the maternal mortality per 1,000 births for last year was 1.37. Although the infantile mortality was still very high, 76, yet it was the lowest Bermondsey had reached. Ten years ago, before the first health visitor was appointed, it was 159. The home is a comfortable 16th century manor house standing in 23 acres of ground; it has all modern conveniences, and is well adapted to accommodate 16 mothers and babies."

02 Aug 1924 Longfield's War Memorial Unveiled by Brig-Gen T A Andrus KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
"There was a large assembly at Longfield on Sunday, when the Bishop of Rochester consecreated the additional churchyard and dedicated the war memorial. The new burial ground is directly opposite the parish Church, and voluntary workers, under Mr W Tapsell, were responsible for the levelling and fencing, and to them belongs the credit of winning a race against time in order that the ground might be prepared for the service.

A procession, headed by the Bishop and the Rector, the Rev E Smith, included the churchwardens (Messrs HE Parker and O Cromar), sidesmen (Messs WE Ta[sell and WKH Smith), and choir, walked round the ground, chanting the 16th psalm, and the Bishop declared the ground to be part of the churchyard.

Brigadier General TA Andrus CMG, after the hymn 'O God our help in ages past' had been sung, and before unveiling the war memorial, said his mind went back to 10 years ago, when he played cricket for Southfleet v Longfield. They none of them knew at the time that they were on the eve of a great catastrophe. It came like a bolt from the blue. In the conflicts of human history war cosisted of a battle fought on one day, or part of a day; the Great War was fought every hour and every minute of its duration. The men who were killed knew the terrible realites of warfare, for they were not killed in their first action. They had gone forward with head held high, and a smile on their lips.

Then, in the brilliant sunshine, the flag, which cloaked the memorial was hauled down, disclosing a Celtic cross hewn from rough Cornish granite, and which the Bishop dedicated 'To the Glory of those who died,' and the Rector read the 33 names: John Thomas Ashdown, 7th Middx; Bradford MacAdams, RWK; Edward Blackman, RE; Edward Beer, RGA; Sidney Burton, CLI; James Coller, WKI; Frederick Cherry, REF; Sidney Day, RWK; William Day, RWK; William Fothergill, R Yorks; Charles Foster, RWK; Frank Hickmott, LRB; William Hoadley, RWK; Roy Oilworth Harrison, N Fusiliers; Alfred Ing, Glos I; Robert Lynds, RWK; Elvey Martin, RFA; Herbert Joseph Marchant, Wilts; Edwin Maples, RN HMS Carysfort; Arthur Munday, RWK; Archibald Oliver, RF; William Oliver, FC; George Peacock, 20th Hussars; Ronald Pankhurst, RWK; William Pankhurst, RF; Percy Rich, 20th Hussars; John Simes, RWK; Harry Swan, RWK; Richard Stanley, Warks; William Thompson, RWK; Arthur Wells, HMS Vanguard; Thomas Young, RE, Douglas Holmes, TC.

On one side of the memorial are inscribed the inspiring words 'Remember these your brethren who passed out of sight by the path of duty and self-sacrifice, giving their lives that others might live in freedom.' The placing of wreaths at the foot of the cross by the bereaved made a pathetic scene, during the singing of the hymn 'On the resurrection morning'.

The Bishop, in his address, said that the old churchyard had sufficed for many generations. The village was growing; 100 years ago there were only 160 inhabitants, while today there were 880. They should remember that Jesus Christ, when He was taken down from the cross, was transferred to a garden. A cemetery was a place to be kept bright int eh joyous anticipation of the resurrection. They had gathered together to associate with that the memorial to the young men of the parish who had joined the fighting forces, so that the invader might not penetrate this England. A great number had offered themselves voluntarily without waiting for conscription. They had been promoted to higher service through death and were in the vanguard of a great army. Mr A Day, a member of the Hartley Band, sounded the Last Post and Reveille. The recessional hymn was 'Fight the Good Fight.'...... (List of digatories present)"

23 Aug 1924 New phone line Folkestone Herald
New subscriber to Longfield telephone exchange: Small Owners Ltd, Hartley Manor, Longfield 37.

02 Oct 1924 House for Sale in Hartley Times
9 room freehold house for sale £1,550. Apply Nairn

11 Oct 1924 Longfield Parish Council KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
(1) Housing shortage in the village, council to ask Dartford RDC to prioritise areas wanting to remain in district and not Swanscombe which wants to leave. (2) Non-completion of School house means no school dinners. (3) Complaints about bad state of Station Road.

08 Nov 1924 Hartley Parish Meeting KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
(1) Longfield PC have got the Post Office to agree to a later collection. A suggestion to stop one afternoon delivery to give postmen a half day off was rejected. (2) Many signed Longfield's petition to railway company to give up land for Hoselands Hill widening. (3) Several complaints about staste of roads, overhanging trees, unkempt hedges. (4) Mr Pepper called for more housing. (5) Another parishioner said for a while the area had been under strength for police by 1, and several burglaries had occurred. Meeting resolved to raise matter with Chief Constable.

22 Nov 1924 Future of the Recreation Hut KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
Hartley. "As the outcome of a public meeting held on Monday at the Recreation Hut, an effort will be made to form a committee, representative of all the societies and clubs working in the village, to go into the question of taking over the hut. Miss Davies-Cooke, who provided the building in the first instance, stated that the decision of the Recreation Club to close down was naturally a disappointment to her. She had hoped that the club would be permament, but as matters stood she was prepared to let the hut for the use of any social body requiring it. The chairman (Mr F W Tate) said teh Recreation Club having decreed its own death, the question arose as to whether the hut could be developed into a centre for all the social activities of the village. Mr Fred Wise proposed that a combined committee should be formed to consider the matter. A suggestion was made by Mr T F Tate that to be satisfactory to all parties the hut should be the property of the village, and he inquired whether the owner was prepared to sell the building. Miss Davies-Cooke sasid she had not considered this idea and would wan tto think the matter over before deciding. Mr Benson hoped that some social centre could be established and that purely recreational interests would not crowd out more serious purposes. A resolution authorising the formation of a joint committee having been carried, thanks were accorded to Miss Davies-Cooke for her attendance and action in regard to the hut."

24 Nov 1924 NSPCC - Work of the Bromley Branch Bromley & West Kent Mercury
"The annual meeting of the Bromley, Beckenham, Chislehurst and district branch of the NSPCC was held at St John's Hall, Sidcup, yesterday, when Canon Spurgin presided, and an address was given by Miss Aylmer of the society's central office..... A large area is covered by the branch, there being ladies' committees at Bromley, Beckenham, Bexley and Bexleyheath, Bickley, Chislehurst, Farnborough, Farnngham, Keston and Hayes, Orpington, St Mary Cray, Shortlands, Sidcup, Sutton at Hone, Darenth and District and Swanley. During the year committees were formed at Farningham and Hartley....The total number of complaints received was 108. Of these 104 were found to be true, affecting the welfare of 271 children and involving 161 offenders. There was only one prosecution...."

03 Jan 1925 Hartley Carol Service KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
"A Carol Service was held in the Parish Church on Sunday Evening. A specially interesting feature was the participation of the Hartley and District Band in the rendering of the carols. The Rector (Rev G W Bancks) welcomed th presence of the Band as being in keeping with the ancient association of instrumental music with divine service. Congregation, choir and band were uniting in an act of worship, celebrating the most joyous festival of the Christian year."

10 Jan 1925 Hartley Conservatives Gravesend Reporter
Hartley Conservatives Fancy Dress Ball

17 Jan 1925 Road Widening KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
(Dartford RDC) "The surveyor reported to Dartford Council on Tuesday that, with respect to Hartley road widening (opposite St John's Lane) the owners have made an offer of the necessary forntage required for purposes of road widening for passing places in consideration of a chestnut fence being erected to replace the existing hedge boundary."7

29 Jan 1925 Hoselands Hill KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
"The Railway Co is allowing the widening of Hoselands Hill, as a result of a petition from Longfield and Hartley."

14 Feb 1925 Local News in Brief KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
Three Feet Flood "In his report to the Highways Committee of the Dartford RDC, the surveyor stated that during the past 6 months the road from the Green Man, Longfield to Hartley Bottom, has been flooded to a depth of 3 feet owing to surface water near the railway bridge. Surface water drains were laid through a field into a ditch with the owner's permission, and the road raised sufficient to prevent a repitition of the flooding. The section of the road has been resurfaced with flint and rag, and drainage improvements completed."

Poultry for Sale

"February and March Cockerels, extra good, White Wyandotte, 15s; Indian Game, [...]orca - Watson, Wayside, Hartley, Longfield

21 Feb 1925 Development of Hartley KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
"The growth of the village continues. Neat little bungalows and pretty villas, with picturesque views over undulating country are now quite numerous. Hartley has 'caught the eye' of many men with business in the city, and as the train service is good, Hartley should still forge ahead as time passes."

28 Feb 1925 Hartley Hall - Goods for Sale KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
"Hartley Hall [Social Club] adjoining Hartley Post Office and about 10 minutes' walk from Fawkham Station. Messrs Porter Putt and Fletcher are instructed by the tenant of 'The Nutshell', Hartley, to offer for sale by Public Auction on Wednesday March 4th 1925 at 2 o'clock precisely, the whole of the Household furniture.

Comprising oak dresser; 2 wheel back and other chairs; inlaid table with 2 leaves and drawer; walnut china cabinet; 2 Jacobean pattern bedroom suites; several carpets in new condition; dinner and tea ware; kitchen utensils; numerous garden tools and mower; garden wheelbarrow. About 70 head of poultry.

Also plant of a small jam factory. Consisting of Aluminium Preserve pans; scales; sieve; primus stoves and other articles.

The goods will be removed to Lower Hartley Hall for Convenience of Sale..."

[The Nutshell was where Culvey Close is today. As for 10 minutes to walk to the station, all I can say is people must have walked much faster in those days!]

07 Mar 1925 Local News in Brief KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
A Bill for Timber

(Gravesend County Court) "W R Barton & Sons Ltd, timber merchants, of Milton Road, Gravesend, sued Leo A Wanstall, of Southview [Church Road], Hartley, Longfield for £4 11s for timber supplied. Mr H L Tatham for the plaintiffs, called Mr Summers in their employ, who stated that defendant admitted owing £2 17s 1d, but said they had not given him credit for £1 13s 11d for goods returned. As a matter of fact, credit was given on May 21st. His honour gave judgement for the amount claimed, at £1 a month."

Servant wanted

"Lady daily, afternoons, light household duties; pianist and good reader aloud. Barfield, Westfield, Hartley, Longfield."

21 Mar 1925 Local News in Brief KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
New Instruments for Hartley and District Band

"A large gathering of friends and supporters of the…. band assembled at Fairby Hall on the 11th inst, to witness the formal presentation of new instruments. The conductor, Mr T F Tate, said the band had only been established a little more than a year, and it was gratifying that, owing to the generosity of friends, they had in such a comparatively short time been able to purchase a complete set of new instruments. He specially thanked Mr E J Cuff for his gift of uniforms; the Hartley WI for a handsome donation; and Mrs Hicks of Longfield, for a loan of £100, which had enabled the instruments to be bought outright, by which the Band had saved £55 in cash discount. Mrs Hicks handed the instruments to the members and said she thought too much importance had been attached to her loan. Mrs Benson, treasurer, in proposing a vote of thanks to Mrs Hicks, said that her action was a very sporting one and in some respects better than a gift, as the Band now had an incentive to work hard and raise funds to pay off the loan. Mr J Wells Thatcher in seconding, suggested that a collection should be taken. This was done, and realised £2 10s 8d. The Musical Society, under Mr T F Tate, gave part songs, and Miss Bancks some humerous recitations. The Band played several selections in a manner which reflected great credit upon its energetic conductor."

Longfield Parish Council

(1) Elections held at Parish meeting, 10 candidates for 7 seats. Walter Wright topped the poll with 30 votes. Among those not elected was the rector Rev E Smith with 19 votes. (2) PC to ask Dartford RDC to take over Station Road and make an outlet into Hartley Road.

28 Mar 1925 Hartley Parish Meeting KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
Good attendance. (1) Chief Constable replied that economy cuts mean he can't station a man at Hartley but will rearrange duties of neighbouring policemen to cover Hartley as much as possible. (2) Meeting had wanted Hartley designated an agricultural parish to get greater subsidy on cottage building. But Minister replied that as agricultural land in parish is less than 25% by rateable value, they "cannot regard Hartley as an agricultural parish". (3) Resolution passed to protest at use of Hartley Green to dump road stone. Mr Chisholm said heaps of stone frequently left at road junctions and was hazardous to motorists. (4) Meeting not satisfied with recent repairs to Church Road which was said to still be in a poor state. (5) "The need for a new cross road between the Parish Church and Ash Road was urged by Mr Gray, whose motion that the Rural Council be asked to inquire into the matter, was seconded by Mr Chisholm. The making of a firm footpath was suggested as an alternative. Ultimately the resolution was carried."

01 Apr 1925 House for Sale in Hartley Sheffield Daily Telegraph
6 room bungalow for sale with 1 acre £940. Apply Parkin

11 Apr 1925 Local News in Brief KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
Farm for Sale

Kent Hills. 1 mile of Fawkham Station and 6 miles of the towns of Dartford and Gravesend. Sale by Auction of the Valuable Freehold Smallholding known as Hartley Poultry Farm, Hartley. Comprising well built bungalow residence of brick and rough cast with tiled roof, and containing hall, 3 bedrooms, sitting room, living room, scullery, larder, WC, outhouse. Company's water. Modern drainage. Capital incubator house, exceptionally well built of brick (cavity walls) with tiled roof, measuring about 28ft by 14 ft and suitable for conversion into 3 roomed cottage. Kitchen garden and fruit trees. Excellent grass land in all about 13 acres. Admirably adapted for fruit, poultry and pig farming. Vacant possession on completion of purchase. Messrs Geering and Colyer are instructed to sell the above by auction, as a whole or in 2 lots (unless previously disposed of by private treaty) at the London Auction Mart, 155 Queen Victoria Street, EC on Thursday April 16th 1925 at 1pm."

Hartley Agricultural Co-operative Society

Annual meeting heard turnover up 50% in 1924.

Longfield Parish Council

Thanked Dartford RDC for filling up holes at Whitehill Road allotments, and from residents of Kent Road for chalk supplied them for repair of road.

Questions and Answers

Dartford RDC considered recent list of requests from Hartley Parish Meeting. The will put a signpost at Hartley Hill road junction. The stone on Hartley Green will be removed when works complete. They won't build a road from Black Lion to Hartley Church. Water can be laid on along Manor Lane but parish will probably have to sign a guarantee to Mid Kent Water.

18 Apr 1925 Motors Left in the Street KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
Gravesend Magistrates fine Edith Ethel Hickmott of Longfield Court and Horace Charles Tiffin of The Firs [Manor Drive], Hartley £1 each for causing an obstruction by parking for over 40 minutes in Stone Street. Ms Hickmott was told she should have parked in Wakefield Street. PC Cooper said he thought he saw of a heap of rugs in her car, but it turned out to be a lady sitting in the back.

25 Apr 1925 Local News in Brief KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
Easter Eggs

Hartley WI thanked by Gravesend Hospital for the gift of 22 dozen eggs.

Longfield Parish Church

Annual vestry meeting. (1) Bishop has consecrated new War Memorial, relatives of those named are looking after the flowers in the trough beneath it. (2) Additional part of churchyard has been consecrated. Quick hedge planted and planked together with 91 shrubs by Walter Wright. (3) Sunday School growing. Now 70 at Longfield and 30 at Longfield Hill.

02 May 1925 Local News in Brief KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
Hartley Poultry Farm

"Hartley Poultry Farm, Hartley. 1 mile Fawkham Station, 4 miles Dartford and Gravesend. Sale by auction of poultry houses and effects. Comprising two mammoth intensive houses, measuring approximately 297ft x 16ft and 17ft x 17f, 9 portable poultry houses, brooder house, sectional intensive house, 9 incubators, quanity of wire netting, 3 sheds, incubator stand, coops, drinking fountains, cramming machine, dry mash hopper, feeding troughs, trap nests, portable copper etc, which Messrs Geering and Colyer are instructed by J Davis esq to sell by auction on the premises on Wednesday May 13th 1925 at 1.30pm."

Death of Mr J Balchin

Aged 63, done lots of work in connection with Cooperative Society and District Flower Show Committees. Keen gardener. Funeral at All Saints.

Nursing Association

Annual meeting. Last year there had been 174 cases, 2,821 visits and 3,392 hours on duty.

23 May 1925 Local News in Brief Kentish Gazette
Hartley Parish Meeting

(1) Meeting to ask RDC to campaign for lower water charges. (2) Saturday afternoon post deliveries and collections to be 2 hours earlier to relieve postal staff at Longfield. (3) Meeting said even when RDC take all the stone off Hartley Green it will be an eyesore, thanks to running lorries on Green. (4) Meeting unhappy with recent alterations at Hoselands Hill, said it needed widening.

Electricity for the Villages

Gravesend Council to ask for amendment to add Hartley, Fawkham, Meopham, Darenth etc be transferred to their supply area.

30 May 1925 Electricity for Hartley? Gravesend Reporter
Official notice of plans to extend area of Gravesend Electric Lighting Order 1898 and Gravesend (extension to Northfleet) electric Lighting Order 1905, and to amend area of West Kent Electric Co Ltd accordingly

30 May 1925 Local News in Brief KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
Auction notice for (among others) crop of 6? Acres Cherries and Apples at Hartley court for A L Farrow.

06 Jun 1925 Fawkham Inquest Gravesend Reporter
Inquest - suicide of Alice Woodford (43) widow and housekeeper of Wickham Cottages, Fawkham

09 Jun 1925 House for Sale in Hartley Sheffield Daily Telegraph
6 room bungalow 25 x 160 feet site. £700. Apply Gray, Bank Buildings

12 Jun 1925 Negligent Motoring - Accident in Loampit Vale Brockley News
"At Greenwich Police Court, on Friday, Frank Bayntum of Highfield, Hartley, Longfield, was summonsed for driving a motor car negligently at Loampit Vale, Lewisham. Mr Melville appeared to prosecute, and Mr Good defended.

Arthur Henry Inkin of 30 Dermody Road, Lewisham, said that on March 19th he was driving a motor lorry in Loampit Vale towards New Cross, and intended to turn into Dunsley Place to go to a timber yard. His foreman, sitting on his left, leaned out before the lorry reached the turning, and, before witness commenced to turn, made a remark which caused him to pull up without turning. On the near side a light car dashed past him and ran into some men who were standing around road excavations which were indicated by posts. The men scattered, but three were knocked down. Before it stopped, the light car went on a further 7 to 10 yards. Witness's lorry was a 23hp Ford with right hand drive. He was driving at from 10 to 12 mph. To get into Dunsley Place he would have to make a sweep, as the entrance was narrow, but he was on the near side tramline and there was sufficient room. Mr Good said the width of the opening of Dunsley Place was only 10 feet, and wider sweep would be necessary.

Charles James Shipton of 63 Limes Grove, Lewisham, who was on the lorry with Inkin, deposed to having put out his hand to signal that the lorry was turning to the near side. The small car was following, and the driver did not appear to look at the signal. Witness, therefore, stopped the van from turning. The obstruction in the road was quite clear, and he thought anyone could see it. Defendant knocked down some of the posts.

George William Kirby of Short Street, Southwark, said he was working on the tramlines with his back to oncoming traffic. A fellow worker, named Collins, said, 'Look out,' and witness turned. The car came along and knocked him down, throwing him about 10 feet. William Frank Pollett of 19 Loampit Vale, said defendant's car went right over the obstruction where the road was under repair.

PC Chandler 309R said defendant told him, 'In avoiding another lorry, I struck an iron standard and lost control of my car.' PS Baker 91P, said he saw defendant on a date subsequent to the accident. He said, 'I was driving rather slowly up the hill on the near side. There was a large lorry in front of me on the right. The driver pulled out as if to turn to the right, when all of a sudden he turned to the left. The man who wwas sittin gon the front with the driver gave no warning that he was going to turn, so I continued on, ran into and knocked down an iron standard used as a warning which caused my nearside wheel to go in a hole. I then lost control of the car and knocked the men over. It was a pure accident and I did my best to avoid it, but could not.'

Mr Good, perusing a statement by Inkin, read, 'My foreman fully extended his arm about 20 yards.' (laughter). Mr Dummett: The long arm of coincidence. Defendant, in the box, said he was a building contractor. His car was a 7hp and he was driving at from 10 to 15 mph on the tramlines. He saw no signal, but Inkin was drawing on to the offside tramline and he thought he was going into Elswick Road. He turned suddenly to the left, and witness ran into the standard and unfortunately knocked down the men. His car, being a light one, began 'bumping about.' He always looked to a driver to give a signal. As soon as he pulled up, he gave his attention to the injured men.

Mr Good argued that this was a civil matter, and not a case of criminal negligence. Inkin he argued, turned out the get a sweep into Donsley Place and gave the signal far too late. Mr Dummett said he considered there was criminal negligence, but he would not treat it as a serious case and would fine defendant 10 shillings with 2 guineas costs. The licence would not be endorsed."

27 Jun 1925 Hartley Parish Magazine Gravesend Reporter
Extract from Hartley Parish Magazine republished

27 Jun 1925 Longfield Cricket Club Gravesend Reporter
Cricket teams for Longfield and Fawkham

27 Jun 1925 Electricity for Hartley? Gravesend Reporter
Gravesend Council approve resolution to extend powers of their electricity company to Longfield, Fawkham and Hartley

03 Jul 1925 House for Sale in Hartley Sussex Agricultural Express
4 bedroom house for sale - rosemorran, Hartley

04 Jul 1925 Local News in Brief KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
Conservative Party

Hartley Women's Branch now has 140 members, including 3 new members enrolled at latest meeting at Hartley Manor.

11 Jul 1925 House for Sale in Hartley Gravesend Reporter
Porter Putt Fletcher - auction of "The Limit", Hartley, 4b, 2r, 1 bath, 2½ acres and 700 tree orchard [now called Ambleside, Ash Road]

11 Jul 1925 Hartley Court Sale KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
Dartford Board of Guardians buys 68 poultry, sheds and equipment for £32 from AC Farrow of Hartley Court.

25 Jul 1925 Accident in Hartley Gravesend Reporter
13 year old son of motor contractor of Minchin Cottage, Hartley taken to Gravesend Hospital with broken arm [also in Kent Messenger 25.7.1925]

01 Aug 1925 Local News in Brief Gravesend Reporter
(1) Hartley girl passes piano exam; (2) Obituary of George William Taylor of Longfield; (3) James Scholing of Snodland fined 40s and 10/6 doctor's fee for being drunk in charge of vehicle at Longfield

08 Aug 1925 Dartford Fire Brigade Gravesend Reporter
Dartford UDC buying new motorised fire engine

15 Aug 1925 Longfield Church Fete Gravesend Reporter
Longfield Garden fete for Longfield Hill Mission Church repairs; list of stallholders

15 Aug 1925 Hartley Man's "£60 a week" KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
John Henry Hensman, Woodcroft, Hartley, was summoned by his wife for persistent cruelty.

Mr Norman T Baynes, for complainant, said the parties were married at Brondsbury in September 1909, and there were 3 children. They first lived at Harrow, where the husband was a jeweller. The wife was an expert worker of a knitting machine, and ultimately defendant started manufacturing underwear on an extensive scale at Hither Green, where he employed a number of girls to operate knitting machines. At one time he was making £60 profit weekly. In 1922 the parties purchased a house at Longfield. The husband was now in financial difficulty. Trouble between the parties became acute in 1923, and since then defendant has been guilty of repeated acts of cruelty towards his wife. On May 15th, on account of defendant's cruelty, the wife lefet the house at Longfield and went to live with her mother at Chesham, Berks.

Gertrude Lena Hensman said the first act of cruelty was in November 1923. Her husband kicked her while she was sitting in a chair because she complained that he came home late. He purchased a motor car about that time. On March 4th 1924, defendant gave her a black eye without any cause at all.

The Chairman: No quarrel?

Complainant: I do not quarrel. She added that she continued to live with defendant until May, but then, on account of his cruelty, she went to live with her sister at Dulwich.

Answering further questions, complainant said that her husband ill treated her almost every other day. On one occasion he got hold of her and banged her head against the wall. On May 10th he punched her on the mouth, causing it to bleed, because she would not consent to go to Australia with him. Once he set fire to a newspaper which she was reading, and at another time set fire to a table cloth. He also smashed crockery, furniture, and a manicure set, and other things belonging to her he put in the copper. The house was in her name.

Herbert Henry Meddick, Longfield, Hartley, a neighbour, said on one occasion he saw complainant with her face badly discoloured. On several occasions he had noticed tht she had been ill treated. She seemed to be in fear of her life. Witness and his wife met complainant on the road one night. She said she was frightened to go into the house.

Clifford Henry Hensman, the eldest son, said he was living with his mother at Chesham. Last Christmas night, on returning from a party, his father tried to throttle his mother and hit witness about the face. He used to kick her legs and make her cry.

Defendant, who admitted certain acts of cruelty, said friction was caused in the first place through a relative of his wife who was interned during the war, and for whom he held goods and money. The knitting business had failed and he was a bankrupt. He disagreed with his wife, who was of German origin, on the bringing up of the children. A good deal of trouble was caused by his wife, trying to instil into the minds of the children ideas he did not approve of. When his wife left the house she sent three men to take away the furniture. Some money he had in a wardrobe was also taken. He had found a purchaser for the property at Longfield and his wife would get the money from that after a mortgage had been paid. He was working as a farm labourer and was paid 8d an hour.

The Bench granted the wife a separation and custody of the children, and ordered the defendant to pay 15 shillings (75p) a week.

The Chairman said if the circumstances changed it was open to either of the parties to apply to the court for a vacation of the order.

[John Henry Hensman (1887-1955) married Gertrude Lena Reckin (1885-1955) in 1909. In 1911 they were living at 42 Bolton Road, Wealdstone. In spite of what is said in this case, she was not German having been born in Kilburn to German parents. By 1931 she was back living in Wealdstone. A similarly worded article in the Lewisham Borough News 12.8.1925 says the firm did work for Jaegers]

22 Aug 1925 Inter-Village Flower Show KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
"It is, may be, unique in the history of flower shows that 6 parishes should be represented at one exhibition as at that at Hartley on Saturday, where the Ash, Fawkham, Hartley, Kingsdown, Ridley and Stansted Horticultural and Floral Society held its annual display in the beautiful Hartley Manor Grounds, kindly placed at its disposal by its president, Mr W H Daniel. Inter-parochial competitions, involving, like that of the society in question, a wide area, may have their disadvantages from the point of view of distance, but there can be no question about the keen interest which they evoke. This was fully instanced by Saturday's magnificent display, although it was no more than one would expect from a district so noted for its horticultural proficiacy. It is undboutedly a wise policy on the part of the Society to hold the show annuallly in each parish, and Hartley must have considered itself excpetionally well favoured, for in addition to a first rate show it had the best of weather conditions and there was an excellent attendance. Besides the usual fun of the fair, there were children's races, followed in the evening by dancing to music by the Hartley Band, under Mr T Tate. Refreshments were provided in a large marquee by the Hartley Women's Institute.

IN the horticultural section of the show the exhibits numbered some 500, which were about the same as last year, but there was a decided increase in those of livestock, which reached three figures for te first time. The past season may have fallen considerably short of the horticulturalist's ideal, yet little of its imperfections was manifasted in teh general display, which was well up to average quality. Of mammoth beans and beautifully moulded potatoes there was an astonishing display, but more arresting, perhaps, were the fine exhibitions of fruit and flowers, the latter augented by a wonderful collection, not for competition, from Mr R H Foa (gardener to Mrs S T Furnell). In this the choicest of flowers were most effectively arranged, making an exhibit of signal beauty which everyone admired. In another marquee there were a dozen or more elegantly arranged table decorations. Her also the Hartley WI, under Mrs F Tate, had a stall of toys and plain and fancy needlework, the proceeds from which were in aid of the fund for the new Women's Institute.

The livestock section, in which poultry and rabbits predominated, contained many notable exhibits. Mr J H Marsh won the Goodwin cup for the best bird in teh show with a White Leghorn cockerel.

Mr H T Jennings-Clark, assisted by Mr T W Elliott, ably dischared the secretarial duties, while the judges were Messrs W Wright, Longfield; S Nichols, St Clere; Sheppard, West Malling, and E Accleton, Darenth (horticultural section); Messrs W R Snell, KEC, and E Robinson (Livestock); and Major and Mrs Tristram, West Malling (Ladies Section). Messrs T W Elliott and W R Baker had charge of the children's sports....." Long list of prize winners follows.

29 Aug 1925 Local News in Brief Kent Messenger
(1) Horse belonging to John Foster was grazing in Hartley Rectory Meadow when it broke through wire fence and broke its back. [Also in Reporter 29.8.1925]; (2) Longfield Cottage Gardeners' exhibition

05 Sep 1925 Local News in Brief Gravesend Reporter
(1) Building plans passed for timber framed bungalow near All Saints Church; brick bungalow in Church Road, and to convert army hut into bungalow at Stack Road; (2) Obituary of Fred Gear (63) of Brickey's Row, Longfield

12 Sep 1925 Local News in Brief Gravesend Reporter
(1) WI has agreed to buy plot of land near the Co-op Stores and building will commence shortly; (2) RC Bishop of Southwark visits St Francis de Sales and says 8.30am mass; (3) Porter Putt Fletcher - auction of Hartley Cottage, just off main road, 2 living rooms, usual offices, 4 beds, and ½ acre of land planted with fruit trees

12 Sep 1925 Building Materials for Sale KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
"Building materials - Scaffold poles 18-20ft, 2s 8d each; Scaffold boards, iron bound, 2½d per foot; scaffold cords, 16ft, whioped? 10s 6d dozen; Putt Logs 12s 6d dozen. Hardres & Co, Hartley Wood Corner, Longfield."

19 Sep 1925 Obituary of Samuel Newcomb Gravesend Reporter
Obituary of Samuel Walter Newcomb of the Gables, lived 30 years in Court Villas Longfield, moved to Hartley quite recently

19 Sep 1925 Local News in Brief KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
An Eyesore

(Hartley) "After long delay, the road metal deposited on the Green has been removed, and the present appearance of this little open space is worse than was feared, traction engines and wagons having cut up the surface and destroyed the grass."

Hartley Cottage for Sale

"By order of the trustees and others. Messrs Porter Putt and Fletcher are instructed to submit to auction, at the Masonic Hall, Wrotham Road, Gravesend, on Wednesday, 30th September 1925 at 3 o'clock precisely......

"The attractive freehold country cottage, known as 'Hartley Cottage', near Longfield. Situated just off the main road, within convenient distance of Fawkham Station and accessible by motor bus to the neighbouring towns of Gravesend and Dartford. The house contains 2 living rooms, usual offices, 4 bedrooms. Standing in about half an acre of land, well planted with fruit trees. These properties have the advantage of vacant possession on completion...."

For Sale

"Hut 14 x 10 section; ¾ T and C Matching; nearly new; suitable poultry, garage or workshop; £20. Harris & Co, Hartley and Wood Corner (sic), Longfield"

20 Sep 1925 Motorcyclist's Escape Sunday Mirror
"When his motorcycle skidded, throwing him under an omnibus in High Street, Lewisham yesterday, Mr Wallace Burton, of Longfield, Kent, had a miraculous escape. His machine was completely smashed, two the wheels on one side of the bus passing right over it."

28 Sep 1925 House for Sale in Church Road Sheffield Daily Telegraph
Westfield, Church Road for sale - £1,150. Apply - Barfield

03 Oct 1925 Hartley Parish Magazine Gravesend Reporter
Reprint of article from Hartley Parish Magazine

10 Oct 1925 Up from Kent Croydon Times
"Richard Thear (66), a labourer, no fixed abode, admitted having been found drunk lying on the footway in Church Street, Croydon, at 8.30 pm on Saturday. Asked if he had any explanation to offer. Richard said he walked from Fawkham (Kent) to Croydon to see some friends, but by the time he reached Croydon he was drunk and did not see his friends.. He was bound over to be of good behaviour for a year, and he promised to send the court costs (4 shillings) in a week."

10 Oct 1925 Local News in Brief KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
Road Danger

Dartford RDC "The surveyor, reporting to the Rural Council, says that on the Hartley-Ash Road, a dangerous and weak haunch near the Black Lion requires strengthening. Lorries passig close to the hedge would readily thrust out the narrow margin of existing road crust, and possibly overturn. The property is owned by Mr Fleet and the Surveyor suggested that permission be requested to strengthen the slight supports of road."

07 Nov 1925 Local News in Brief KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
Nursery Plants for Sale

"Apples, pear and plum trees in variety, bush and half standards. Costen, Hartley, Longfield."

14 Nov 1925 Hartley Institute - Opening of New Women's Hall KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
"A large and enthusiastic gathering of members of the Women's Institute and their friends attended the formal opening of the Hartley Institute on the 6th inst. The president, Mrs F Tate, gave a brief sketch of the origin and growth of the institute, and said that none of those who took part in the first stages of its existence anticipated such rapid development as their new building indicated. They were proud of their success but believed they could do better yet. They had a splendid body of loyal members, and now they had their own hall she was certain they would make their Institute still more useful to the women of the village.

Mrs Burne, who attended as teh representative of the National Federation of Women's Institutes, congratulated Hartley women on the strength of their institue. She referred to the great strides the Institute movement was making in all parts of the country as evidence that women required their organisation. The Institutes, however, could only be permamently succcessful if th emembers took a full share in the work of management. There was a danger that this work would be left to a few enthusiasts who were hampered at times by unfair criticism. Mrs Burne urged the members to serve on committees and express their views at meetings, as in this way they would avoid the difficulties some Institutes had encountered.

In calling upon Lieut-Col J Waley Cohen CMB DSO, to open the hall, the President said that Colonel Cohen had always been a good friend to Hartley in general, and the institute in particular. Colonel Cohen, who was warmly received, said he admired the way in which the Instittute had been run, and he believed they were doing a good think in catering for women's special interests. They now had a good building of their own, and he hoped they would take great care of it and make their Institute stronger than ever. On the motion of Mrs Hamilton, seconded by Mrs Jennings Clark, a resolution of thanks to Col Cohen was carried with acclamation. A vote of thanks to Mrs Burne, proposed by Mrs Balchin and seconded by Mrs Supple was also carried unanimously.

After an interval for tea, which was provided by the Committee under the direction of Mrs Tubb and Mrs Cuff, a sketch 'Mechanical Jane' was played by Miss Bancks, Mrs Symons and Mrs Oldrey. A vote of thanks to the players, moved by Mrs Copus and seconded by Mrs Bishop was warmly approved."

21 Nov 1925 Stack Fire KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
"On Monday evening a hayrick in Hartley Road, belonging to George Day of Ash, was burned to the ground. The Dartford Fire Brigade was unable to extinguish the fire, as enough pressure could not be obtained. The nearest hydrant was near the Railway Station, 2,000 feet of hose had to be run out and the stack was located upon a hill."

[Although the paper put this item under Longfield, George Day owned Hottsfield off Hoselands Hill, the description of it being an a hill and 2,000 feet from the station supports this identification]

28 Nov 1925 Local News in Brief KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
Gold Rush Recalled

"On Friday the first monthly lecture arranged by the Cooperative Society was given by Mr W H Chisholm, on 'Along the Yukon'. The audience stood in silence as a tribute of regret at the death of Queen Alexandra. Mr Chisholm gave reminiscences of this stay at Klondike during the great gold rush of 1898, and his account of strange and dangerous experiences on the Yukon and among the Arctic snows was very interesting. Lantern slides from original photographs showed the conditions uder which the gold seekers lived and worked...."

Hartley Women Conservatives

Membership up to 188.

05 Dec 1925 Counties Laying Trials at Wye College KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
"These trials, which consist of 240 birds in pens of 5 birds each, are divided into two separate sections, viz Kent section 130 birds, and Surrey section 110 birds. Each county has separate breed subsections. Each pen of 5 birds is housed separately, all the birds are trap nested, and the eggs weighed. A system of scoring is being used which gives preference to eggs of large size, normal shape and texture. The score values are based upon seasonal market prices. By this method eggs produced during the winter months have a greater score value than those produced at other seasons.

The birds arrived at the trials ground on October 6th and were passed in by the two county representatives. On the whole, the birds received were in good condition and of a rather higher standard tahn those sent in in previous years. The type of birds on the whole is very good. The birds were given until October 15th to settle down, and on that date recording commenced. The health of the birds for the month to Nov 11th has been satisfactory. One bird only has been in hospital. 31 birds have been in moult, while 10 birds have passed through the broody coops.

The number of eggs produced during the month (28 days) has been 2,928, which gives an average of 12.21 eggs per bird for the whole of the flock. The number of birds in lay has been 174. Grades of eggs laid: special grade (score 11 points each) 983 eggs; first grade (10 points) 917; second grade (8 points) 947; small and defectives (no score value) 81. The birds have been fed with mixed grain, wet and dry mash. Average amount of mash consumed per bird 3.19 lbs; grain 3.9 lbs; food consumed per bird per day has been 4.05 oz."

In the any other variety (sitting breed), the birds of Campkin Brothers of Hartley laid 55 eggs. The highest score in the study was for 5 White Wyandottes in Surrey owned by Mr H Rowntree with 109 eggs between them.

12 Dec 1925 Cruelty by Hartley Couple at Southfleet KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
(Dartford Magistrates) "William Edward Barlow, 30, of Ebb Flow, Merton Avenue, Hartley, and his wife were summoned by the RSPCA for cruelty to a horse on November 14th. Ida Starkey, of Betsham, Southfleet, said that when in her sitting room she heard a sound 'like someone beating carpets.' She saw Barlow with a pony which 'looked as if it were going to drop down dead.' Barlow got down from teh cart and thrashed the pony for a hundred yards. When witness told him the pony was in an unfit state to be worked, defendant threatened her. The blows were very hard ones. The horse appeared very weak. Mrs Barlow, who was in the cart, held the reins and 'pulled at the horse's mouth'. Barlow asked witness to turn her back to him, which she did. He then beat his hands across his breast, addressing an imaginery horse, 'Was that what you 'eard' he queried. 'No it was not,' retorted the witness.

Mrs Barlow heatedly denied that her husband ill treated the animal. 'Stop it,' murmured her husband, 'Keep to the point.'

Inspector Fletcher, RSPCA, siad the male defendant told him the pony belonged to his wife, that it was old and had the gripes, but was better now than when he bought it, with the cart for £10. Witness said he had never seen a pony in such a terrible condition. Mr Robards, veterinary surgeon, said the pony was utterly unable to work, and he shot it for Barlow.

Defendant, who said he did not believe in God, but believed in the King, refused to be sworn. The animal was in a 'poor position' when his wife bought it. It was a tissue of lies which had been told by the witnesses. All the lady witness heard was theslapping of defendant's hads across his breast. 'I think that I hav esufficient commonsense not to threaten a woman or to ill treat my pony,' he said, 'If I had a donkey and it wouldn't go....' he quoted. Mrs Barlow said she had never ill treated animals. She loved animals. 'If you fine us we cannot pay,' she said. Thomas Joseph Newman of Hawley Road, Dartford, said the poney was between 20 and 30 years old. It was capable of drawing a cart. Mr Fletcher: Would you work that horse in that condition? [- Not if it was my own sir. Another witness said the horse was in a weak state.

The bench regarded it as a bad case and fined the male defendant 40s and his wife 20s."

12 Dec 1925 Fifty Years in the Church - Longfield Rector's Jubilee KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
"The Rev Edward Smith MA, Rector of Longfield, next week celebrates the 50th annivrsary of his entry into the ministry, 31 years of which have been spent at Longfield. It is an event upon which the district in which he hs laboured so long and so faithfully, will cordially congratulate him. Mr Smith, who was born at Newark, graduated at Queen's College, Oxfore, was ordained at Lichfield, and came into Kent 42 years ago. Prior to his preferment to Longfield, he was curage for 10 years at St Mary's Gillingham. He married in 1885 Miss Rose C Grain, eldest daughter of the late Major-General Grain RE, and has 4 sons and a daughter.

In addition to caring for the spriritual needs of his parish, Mr Smith has allowed other interests to benefit from his ability and experience. As representing Hartley, he has sat on the Dartford Board of Guardians for 27 years - during the war he was chairman of the Board for some 3 years - for 30 years he has been Assistant Inspector of Religion in elementary schools, and for the last 20 years he has been one of the chaplains (lately senior chaplain) of teh Lay Readers' Association.

Asked in an interview, what change impressed him most in a retrospect of 50 years' church work, the Rector replied, 'Teh change in public worship. When I was a boy the whole family went to church together regularly, but this 'family' worship seems almost to have disappeared. It is a pity. But the church is progressive. There is a greater tendancy now for more attractive - more musical - services, and in that respect the church is getting back to the position which she held in medieval times when she was the Church of the people. In short, people are taking a more lively interest in Church matters. Yes; there is big scope for growth even on that score, bu tthe attitude of people towards the Church's place in life is improving. Compared with the Victorian era, there is a broader and a less material view. A bigger recognition of things spiritual is, I feel, coming.

The parish of Longfield has, of course, grown considerably since the Rector came there, more especially around the railway station, which, located in the centre of Longfield, is, curiously enough, named 'Fawkham,' after a village a mile and a half away. One more effort is to be made to induce the railway company to give the station its correct designation. The village is largely agricultural and industrial, but, strangely, it has made little expansion since the beginning of the war, except to be well connected by means of motor omnibus services with the towns of Gravesend and Dartford. To the detriment of village tradesmen, perhaps, these provide facilities for residents to shop in the towns; on the other hand, they are a source of convenience for travel, and in the summer months they bring visitors from the towns to enjoy for a little while some of the pastoral delights which Longfield and the countryside thereabouts offer to them.

Longfield Church, dedicated to St Mary Magdalene, is of flint and brick, principally in the Gothic style with traces of Norman work. It has one bell. The original is cracked and is placed in the vestry as an interesting curio. It is of 14th century. There is a memorial window in the nave to Thomas Plume (1704), Archdeacon of Rochester and founder of the Plumian Professorship at Cambridge, who is buried here. Longfield Court, adjacent to the church, is of historic interest. It was formerly the residence of the Archdeacons of Rochester. The oldest part of the house is of the same date as the oldest part of the church. The churchyard has been recently extended, and in this extension (situated on the opposite side of the main road) is the village war memorial. The parishioners (almost entirely of the working class) raised in one year £200 for this purpose."

19 Dec 1925 Hartley School: Pretty Yuletide Play KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
"On Friday an Open Day was held at the Village School, all the mothers of th pupils being invited by the headmistress, Miss Fiddis, to attend. The mothers first inspected the work of the children, and afterwards listened to a delightful programme of songs, dances and recitations. Excellent exhibitions of folk dancing, taught by Miss Porter, were given by the girls and boys, and among the songs sung, 'Will o'the Wisp' obtained much applause. Recitations were given by the following: Mary Sale, Irene Sims, Annie Robson, E Jackson, K Day, H Barlow, M Glidewell, N Garner, T Crouch, Jackson, M Harris, J Bradford, T Barlow, D English, G Glidewell.

A fairy play 'Wee Willie Winkie' was charmingly played by the 5 year olds, the Fairy Queen, Beryl Harris and Wee Willie, Frankie Jackson being especially well done. Tea was then served to the mothers, accompanied by mince pies made by the girls at the cookery class recently established by Miss Fiddis.

Then followed a Christmas play by the elder children, in which Ada Shambrook and Willie Bradford were introduced as the parents of a naughty boy Beechy (N Foster) and an exceedingly good little girl Alma (E Day). It was Christmas Eve, and the children were seen hanging up thier stockings in preparation for Santa Claus's visit. During the night three fairies, G Parkin, R Glidewell and E Day visited the bedside of Alma and three imps (N Letchford, A Crouch and G Glidewell) danced round the bed of naughty Beechy. They were sent away by the good fairies. Beechy promised to be good, and Santa Claus (John Ballard) arrived and filled the stockings. Christmas morning came and everyone joined in singing a carol of welcome. The little sketch was excellently acted by the children, and Miss Fiddis is to be congratulated on being able to give such a successful performance.

At the close the two smallest babies presented Miss Porter with a fountain pen inscribed with her name, as a parting gift from the children, as she was leaving Hartley at Christmas, to take up a headship at Cranbrook. Miss Porter thanked both children and parents, and stongly urged co-operation between parents and mistresses."

19 Dec 1925 Hartley Comedy "The Young Person in Pink" KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
"Hartley and District Amateur Players presented the 'Young person in pink', a comedy in three parts by Gertrude Jennings, at the Fairby Hall last Friday and Saturday evenings.

For a first public appearance since the task was ambitious but the company achieved remarkable success. The cast was strong and the comedy was interpreted with a confidence and skill which indicated thorough preparation and diligent direction, with the result that the whole performance showed no trace of hesitation or amateurishness.

Miss Edith Evans as Leonora, an aristrocratic, if absent minded girl, captivated her audience by her charming presentation of beauty in distress, and gave Mr Billie Medlam as Lord Stevenage, ample excuse for his forgetfulness of an engagement elsewhere. Mr Medlam's consistently clever treatment of his part made a strong point in the play. Miss Lulu Bancks who, as Mrs Badger cause great fun by her impudent frauds, played extremely well, her sure hits of humour being highly amusing. Mrs May Symons, as Lady Tonbridge, young Lord Stevenage's elderly fiancee had a different role, calling for special ability. Therefore her success was all the more striking.

Mrs Farrow, who appeared in teh opening scene as the Woman with Balloons, contributed greatly to the general success of her excellent acting, securing at once the interest of the audience. Mr Eric Green as the park Chair Man, did capital work, and Miss Eleanor Green also made the most of every opportunity as Miss Winch. A scene in Lady Tonbridge's drawing room gave Miss Mollie Godrey (Emily de Voysey), Miss Norah Newcomb (Mrs Courtenay Miller) and Miss Jean Goldie (Lady Sara Aldire), an opening for varied characterisation of which they all made full us, and every point in this scene was effectively scored.

In the third act, Miss Cicely Medlam, as Ada Badger, did well, her sympathy and naturalness being particularly marked. The denoument of the comedy proved hugely successful. Mrs Badger and Lady Tonbridge giving thrust and return in a contest which gripped the house. Mrs Rosalie Oldrey as the Lady's Maid, who supplied the needed shock to restore Leonora's lost memory, played well and with the discomfiture of Lady Tonbridge completed, Leonora and Lord Stevenage came to an understanding which captured the heart of everybody, and clsoed the play with a most enthusiastic 'curtain'. If the Hartley and District Amateur Players can maintain the standard reached on this occasion they will find themselves extremely popular.

Much of the success of the event was due to the thorough and detailed work of Mr Charles Gain, the producer and of Mr A Lambert Farrow, the stage director.

During the intervals, musical selections were given by Mr and Mrs Shepperson, cello and violin and Mrs Oldrey at the piano.

The proceeds of the performances are to be given to Hartley CE School Fund, and the Rector (Rev G W Bancks) in expressing thanks from the Managers, referred in very happy terms to the generosity of the players in coming to his rescu at a time when he was faced with a 'gentle reminder' from the bank that the school account was overdrawn."

19 Dec 1925 Longfield Telephones KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
"The telephone communications wires in the neighbourhood are to be converted to underground cables, before road widening operations take place."

26 Dec 1925 Local News in Brief KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
Ur of the Chaldees

Monthly lecture by Agricultural Cooperative Society given by Mrs C J Gadd of 1923-4 archaeological excavation of the city of Ur.

Hartley School Song

New song composed by Roy Chishom (music) and J Wells Thatcher (lyrics) [I'm not sure how successful this was, certainly it was never sung when I was at Hartley Primary School]

09 Jan 1926 A False Report Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News
"Several London dailies the other day reported the death in Australia of Mr Percy Thorn, the humane horse trainer, formerly of Epping, but now of Fawkham, Kent. Mr Thorn was said to have met his death when giving a demonstration of handling wild horses, but, on the contrary, he is now alive and well in England."

09 Jan 1926 Crops for Sale KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
"Potatoes (King Edwards and Great Scot) and Savoys for sale - Apply Small Owners Ltd, Hartley Manor Farm, Longfield, Kent. Phone Longfield 37."

16 Jan 1926 Local News in Brief KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
Land for Sale

"Freehold land for sale, frontage main road, water laid; one mile from Fawkham Station (opposite Hartley Church); beautiful situation; price £70 per acre; 10 per cent down, balance instalments. Application - Small Owners Ltd, Hartley Manor Farm, Longfield, Kent."

Community Singing - Hartley Musical Society's Novelty

The Hartley Musical Society gave their first concert of the season at Fairby Hall on the 7th, when a novel feature was introduced - new to Hartley - in the form of community singing......" Details of concert followed.

Hartley Conservatives

Annual meeting of Constitution Association at Fairby Hall. Membership up from 51 to 72. Hall had been considerably improved and a company had been formed to purchase the building on an instalment plan. Officers for year are Comdr F T de Mallet Morgan (chairman), Capt G Harris (vice chair), Capt D Copus (Hon Sec), J Green (Hon Treasurer); Capt F E Crick, W H Daniel, A L Farrow, H Day (Vice Presidents); A Watson, E Green, A Dines, A Cox, J Marsh, P L Harris, G Webb, J Sims (Committee)

23 Jan 1926 Local News in Brief KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
Ash, Hartley and District Old Folks' Society

They held second annual meeting at the Royal Oak, West Yoke. Mr H Sims of Hartley chairman. The society welcomes new members within a 6 mile radius.

06 Feb 1926 Price of Eggs - Cooperation Advocated at Hartley KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
"Continuing their public discussion on farming questions, Hartley Agricultural Cooperative Society on Friday on Friday held a debate on 'Cooperative Marketing', with special reference to eggs.

Mr FW Tate, who presided, suggested that the most difficult problem which they, as producers, had to face was that of getting a fair price for their goods. Farmers had, at present, no means of ensuring that produce should realise a return based on cost of production. Marketing, under present conditions, often left the producer worse off that he would have been if his crop had failed.

Mr FJ Bartholemew recommended them to read the recently issued Government reports on the marketing of agricultural produce and the separate volume dealing with eggs. He took it that no-one in that meeting was satisfied with present conditions. Foreign and colonial competition in agricultural products pressed hard upon them. It was n oouse merely complaining. They must get at the facts and reasons why it was so hard to meet this competition. Our competitiors could not hope to tackle us single handed, but in combination they set a stardard of quality and value that, without similar means, we could not equal. He wished to make it clear, however, that there was no virtue in the word 'cooperation' - it must be loyal cooperation, not likely to run away at the first difficulty or misfortune, and it must be intelligent. Mr Bartholemew referred to the success of the Framlingham and Eastern Counties Cooperative Egg Society as proof of what English organisation had already done, and he suggested that the poultry farmers of the Hartley district should examine the question carefully, to see whether by pooling their efforts and working together, they could not increase the return obtained upon their efforts and working together, they could not increase the return obtained upon their labour.

In a keen discussion, Mr Legrand thought that European countries undersold us through the rates of exchange. Mr Bartholemew pointed out that, as a fact, English prices were lower than European. Mr F Wise said, at present, no two poultry farmers seemed to get the same price for eggs. It was clearly wastful for several higglers to come into one village, and the price obtained depended upon the farmer's ability to squeeze a penny a dozen more out of one dealer than another. With an organised sale it should be possible to get full market price for first quality eggs. Another speaker enquired wiether such an organisation could deal wiht the spring glut of eggs, and Mr Bartholemew said he did not consider this would be impossible.

The Chairman, in thanking Mr Bartholemew for his paper, said the committee of the Cooperative society would go into the matter without delay to see what help the Society could give."

13 Feb 1926 Hartley Council - Parish Votes Against its Formation KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
Hartley Parish Meeting: (1) Dartford RDC agree to ban heavy vehicles using St John's Lane. (2) "The Chairman read a communication he had received from a number of parishioners requesting him to call a meeting to discuss the proposal to establish a parish council, the reason advanced being that hte great increase in the population of Hartley made such a council necessary. Letters were read from Mr J Wells Thatcher opposing the proposal, and also from Mr George Day intimating that while he was not in favour of hte suggestion himself, he would, if the meeting decided to form a council, do all he could to assist in the matter at the Kent County Council.

Mr Henry Sims, in moving a resolution that application be made to the Kent County Council for the establishment of a parish council for Hartley, said he spoke on behalf of the working classes. Hartley had grown into a large village and required more looking after than the parish meeting gave, and there wree many things a council could do which could not be done by a parish meeting. Mr J Butler seconded.

Mr Cromar, in opposing the resolution, said as a matter of fact the parish meeting had the same powers as a parish council would have. In addition it had the power to veto a council's action in various directions. His experience led him to think that Hartley was better off under the present plan, and that no change was required. Mr Nairn was also opposed. He believed a parish council would add to the rates, which were high enough already, whereas Parish Meetings gave everybody a change to help in the work of looking after the parish. With a council elected for 3 years many people would lose interest

Mr W Benson strongly supported the proposal. A council was more likely to get things done than large meetings. He was certain that the Rural Council would pay more attention to a parish council than a meeting. He objected to statements made regarding the conduct of parish councils. He had been chairman of Longfield parish council and their proceedings had been quite harmonious.

In putting the resolution, the Chairman said that one or two remarks that had been made were not quite correct. The parish meeting had been in the habit of appointing committees to deal with particular questions, resolutions sent to Dartford RDC had occasionally been acted upon within 24 hours, and others within a week, although there had also been instances where their representations had failed.

On a show of hands the resolution was heavily defeated, and the meeting, which had been animated throughout, closed with a vote of thanks to the chairman.

[what no-one seems to have mentioned is that those voting against were voting to break the law. Under the Local Government Act 1894 any parish with a population over 300 must have a parish council. Hartley's population in 1921 was 568.]

20 Feb 1926 Car for Sale KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
"For sale, 1920 5 seater Overland Car; Excellent condition; owner driven. Apply Miss Barker, Heart Lea, Hartley, Longfield."

04 Mar 1926 House for Sale in Hartley Times
Sale of 5 bed bungalow, 5a of land with henhouses, incubators, stoves etc. 400 Wyandottes, 1,550 bush apples. £1,600 FH, Trapps & Co, 102 Sydenham Road SE26. Another 7 room house & 3 a in Longfield 250/300 Leghorns & Wyandottes, FH £1,950, Trapps & Co

06 Mar 1926 Local News in Brief KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
Longfield Parish Council

Council to get estimate to prepare 2½ acres of land at Whitehill Recreation Ground for a cricket pitch. Club said they would pay £4 towards cost, possibly more.

Land Wanted

As Mrs E Williams of the Retreat, Longfield won't surrender land required for improving Main Road opposite schools, they will try and get a compulsory purchase order.

Gardener Wanted

Gardener (single handed, experienced) wanted at Hartley House.

09 Mar 1926 Pilgrims Checked Daily News
"Kent Oratory Miracle Rumours. Rumours to the effect that 'Our Lady of Hartley', a Roman Catholic shrine in a privately owned oratory at Hartley, Kent, has 'miraculous' powers have led the ecclesiastical authorities who administer the area to discourage pilgrimages to it. Public visits to the shrine, even, are frowned upon officially and the 'ban' had created almost without precedent among the Roman Catholics resident in the district. None claim that the shrine has miraculous powers, a Daily News representative writes, although many testify to the 'almost incredible directness' - I quote the words of a Roman Catholic priest - with which 'Our Lady of Hartley' has in the past few years answered the prayers of petitioners. The difficulty of the Church of Rome is, in the absence of any enquiries made by them, to determine where a belief in superstition ends and religious fervour begins. 'Canon law is strict with regard to new shrines, pilgrimages and processions,' an authority told the Daily News yesterday. 'The oratory at Hartley is regarded as a semi-public chapel within the parish of Northfleet,' he added. Services are held there on Sundays. A result of the authorities' attitude has been the stopping of a scheme to take an organised party to the shrine from London."

20 Mar 1926 Local News in Brief KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
Road Mishaps

"At the bottom of Hoselands Hill on Wednesday of last week, Mr R Crouch of Kent Road, was run into by a cyclist and received severe head cuts; whilst later in the day, Mrs Welch of Hartley, injured her knees in a similar mishap.

27 Mar 1926 "Roman Villa" Discovered Times
Supposed Roman Villa at Hartley (also in Kent & Sussex Courier 2.4.1926)

27 Mar 1926 Local News in Brief KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
Women Politicians

Hartley (Women's) Constitutional Association has 200 members (= Conservative Club)

Hartley Parish Meeting

Problems discovered that last meeting was convened without the 14 day notice required by law, although 80 attended. They had also found out that it was mandatory for Hartley to have a parish council, but notwithstanding this KCC said they wouldn't act unless the parish asked them. This meeting voted to confirm previous result.

No Number Plate

Edward Symes of Hartley fined 20 shillings for driving at Main Road, Longfield without illuminated identification plate on February 24th.

For Sale

"Strong store pigs and arran Chief Potatoes for sale - Wood, Hartley, Longfield [Vrindhaven, Ash Road]

Longfield Parish Council

Council calls for Main Road to be widened between Hartley Road and the Railway Tavern

03 Apr 1926 Local News in Brief KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
Cottage Fire

"A fire on Sunday destroyed a cottage at Hartley Bottom occupied by Mr and Mrs Fielder, who had only recently taken possession. Returning home at midday they found the house full of smoke, and in a few minutes the upper portion of the building burst into flames. Neighbours did their utmost to save the valuable antique furniture and books, and most of the contents of the ground floor were saved. Dartford Fire Brigade attended, but could do nothing to extinguish the fire owing to the nearest well being out of reach. Messrs Robertson, Cuff and Whitmore rendered good service in the work of salvage, but the cottage itself had to be left to burn out. Much sympathy is felt for the young couple at the loss of their picturesque home." [Not sure where the cottage was but one of the neighbours who helped lived on Hartley Hill and the others nearby in Church Road]


"Phil Mayford's Komedy Kompany gave 2 evening performances in the Constitutional Hall on Thursday and Friday. The programme included a lively sketch, 'The Lunatic Asylum' ". [Phil Mayford was the stage name of George Bassano of The Croft, Ash Road]

Wye College Laying Trials

Pure Bred Pullets. There were 240 when the survey began, now 236 in the 4th period 4 Feb - 3 Mar. Overall average in 4th period was 16.55 eggs per bird and 70.15 eggs for the whole 4 month period. Messrs Campkin of Hartley have highest number of eggs for Any Other Variety (Sitting Breed) (Buff Rock) with 331 eggs.

(KM 29.5.1926) Update for 7th period (1-28 April), average for periodd 19.38 eggs per bird, average over 7 months 109.03. Numbers down on period 6 due to bad weather and 48 of the 233 birds going broody. Campkin's Buff Rocks up to 515 eggs.

10 Apr 1926 Local News in Brief KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
John King

"the death has occurred of Mr john King, 71, of Station Road, a retired railway signalman, who had lived in Longfield for 40 years…"

Hartley Constitutional Club Opened by Mr Waldron Smithers MP

"An enthusiastic gathering attended apat teh Constitutional Hall, Hartley, on Wednesday evening, when the latest development of Hartley Conservative activity was formally inaugurated by Mr Waldron Smithers MP. Captain Walter read messages from prominent local Conservatives expressing good wishes to the new club. He also spoke of the enthusisam of hte workers who had assisted in transforming an old jam factory into a place where men could meet for social purposes.

During a short speed by Mr Edwards, Conservative Agent (who suggested the inclusion of Longfield and Fawkham in their organisation), Mr Waldron Smithers arrived and was greeted with 'Rule Britannia'.

Commander Morgan, as chairman, asked the member to declare the club open. Mr Smithers said he felt very deeply the honour. A wonderful spirit was shown by Hartley to the Conservative cause, which he believed was the only cause that would enable the country to pull through these difficult times. He understood the inauguration of the club was due chiefly to Mr Green, Captain Copes [prob Copus is meant] and Mr Oldrey, though the whole Association had done its share. Capt Harris had done much to make the building amenable and nice for the purposes in mind. He hoped they would realise that there was much more in their effort than the club. They were taking part in banding themselves togther to make history, and in fighting a fight in a reasonable and constitutional manner for all that was good and true...." (speech wanders off at some length to national political themes)....

"Commander Morgan handed Mr Smithers a Life Membership Card and presented him with the key to open the Club Hall, which was attractively arranged with basket chairs, whist tables, and a full sized billiards table. A bar will be shortly opened and a large number of membrs have already been been secured. Refreshments provided by the Women's Branch were served under the direction of the Misses Barker and Armstrong, and the meeting closed with a dance, music being supplied by the Havana Band."

17 Apr 1926 Local News in Brief KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
Longfield Parish Council

(1) Walter Wright re-elected as Chairman, but he said his job was not a freehold and hoped someone else would come forward next year. In the past the District Council used to laugh when anything from Longfield came before them, but they take the parish seriously now. (2) The Water Conference at Hartley heard that the Metropolitan Water Company charged 7¼% compared with Mid Kent's 14%. Complaint about charges to go to Minister. (3) Council accept quote of £6 to prepare sports ground at the top of Whitehill Road. Word has been startd.

24 Apr 1926 Electricity for Hartley? Gravesend Reporter
Electricity supply to outlying districts - Inquiry at Gravesend

An inquiry into the application of the Gravesend Corporation to supply electricity to certain outlying parishes in the neighbourhood of the borough was held in the Town Hall yesterday (Thursday) by Colonel Ekin, on behalf of the Electricity Commissioners.

It was also asked that certain powers of the Kent Electric Power Company and the West Kent Electric Company be revoked.

The proposed added area of supply was the parishes of Darenth, Fawkham, Hartley, Horton Kirby, Longfield, Southfleet, Stone and Swanscombe in the rural District of Dartford; and the parishes of Chalk, Denton, Ifield, Meopham and Nurstead and part of the parish of Cobham in the Rural District of Strood.

There was opposition from various quarters and in some cases protective clauses being asked for.

The Dartford Urban District Council asked for Stone to be included in their area of supply..... (list of representatives, several councillors said to be present too)...

Mr Montgomery (KC for Gravesend BC and Dartford UDC) stated that Gravesend's application was made in the first instance, and covered the parish of Stone. If the enquiry felt that Dartford could deal equally well with Stone, Gravesend would be content that Stone should be left out of the proposed area. The present supply of the Gravesend Corporation was to the Borough and the Urban District of Northfleet. It was proposed that the charges for supply to the added districts should be the same as in Gravesend itself.

With regard to the Kent Power Company and the West Kent Electric Power Company Limited, Mr Montgomery said they had done nothing in the two areas for over 20 years, and only laid down mains after the Corporation gave notice of their intention to apply for an order. Gravesend had had applications for supply from Greenhithe, Swanscombe, Meopham and Denton.

With the possible exception of Stone, he thought the consumers desired a supply from Gravesend. The power companies were supplying Chatham at 7½d per unit for lighting and 3d for power, and they advertised their intention to supply Swanscombe that the same price. The Gravesend Corporation had a flat rate, which was the same as the Companies' flat rate, with one exception - lighting 7d, power 3d, heating and cooking 2d. Then they had an alternative, which they called the two rate - 2¾d during the daytime and 8d on the peak hours. The next alternative was the fixed price rate, which gave advantages to a consumer. There was also the rateable value charge - one fortieth of the net rateable value of the property per quarter, with supply at ¾d per unit.

The Town Clerk stated that the Gravesend Electricity Undertaking began in 1902. It had made progress and had been extended from time to time. The number of consumers had steadily increased and the profits of the undertaking had kept pace with the improvement. In round figures the profit was £10,000 a year at the present time. The added areas had been included because the Corporation was satisfied there was a demand, and they could meet it without any additional outlay on plant at present. Swanscombe had a population of 10,000, might be described as a growing industrial area, and while these proceedings were doing on had blossomed out into an urban district. He had known for many years that Swanscombe was badly in want of an electricity supply. A canvas was made, and he was surprised to find the strong feeling existing in Swanscombe. They were welcomed with open arms, particularly when they said they were prepared to give a supply cheaper than the Kent Company was prepared to give. Denton was urban in character, would grow, and in the natural order of events would come into Gravesend. "They are nobody's child at present" he remarked.

Mr Henderson: Am I to understand now that Stone is not part of your application?

The Town Clerk: Gravesend is quite prepared, with the approval of the Commissioners to let Stone go into the Dartford area, or to take it in itself.

To a further question he said: My application at the present moment to the Commissioners is for Stone. Dartford is also applying for Stone.

Mr (Craig) Henderson (KC for Kent Electric Power Company) said 5 cement companies were supplied by the company he represented, and that distribution mains were laid in various parts of the area applied for.

The Town Clerk: I am not particuarly concerned about your distribution mains as about a cheap supply for the people.

When Mr Henderson said: "My powers have to be revoked you mean?" The Town Clerk replied "I think you thoroughly deserve it."

Asked if they have the consent of Swanscombe, the Town Clerk said "As an urban council".

Mr Henderson: It is a letter from the clerk not in the form of a resolution by the council.

The Town Clerk said the clerk of the Swanscombe Council could be called.

Questioned by Mr (H St John) Raikes (KC for Dartford RDC) on the point of providing a "prompt supply", the Town Clerk said personally he should not object to a reasonable limitation of time with regard to the rural parishes. He should say 10 years for the compulsory laying of mains, but it would depend on circumstances, and 8 or 7 years might be right for some districts.

The Chairman remarked that in certain orders there were revocation clauses, and if mains were not laid in certain parishes within say 3 years, the power of the order would be revoked.

Mr Raikes said he asked for a limit of 5 years, and for Stone 2 years.

Mr C F McInnes (Borough Electrical Engineer) and Mr Edwards (Engineer of the Dartford UDC Electrical Works) gave evidence.

The inspector said he had been under the impression that Stone was withdrawn from the Gravesend order.

Mr Montgomery said it was considered that if Dartford was going to supply Stone, Gravesend should withdraw it. If the Commissioners did not think Dartford was the right place to supply Stone, the Gravesend application stood. It was a friendly arrangement.

Mr Henderson stated that apprently there was a resolution by the Swanscombe Parish Council givin sanction, but the Gravesend application had by a further resolution, there was formal opposition to the order unless the Gravesend Corporation were willing to insert a clause agreeing to the parish being able to generate its own electricity after a period of 10 or 15 years if desired.

Mr Montgomery: in the meantime it has become an Urban District that has approved of the scheme.

Some amusement was caused by a sotto voce remark that it became an Urban District Council on April 1st.

[ Gravesend Borough Council were applying for their municipal company to supply electricity to outlying parishes, including Hartley. They were opposed by the West Kent Electricity Company, in whose area Hartley was. However it does look like an attempt by Gravesend to empire build as it came out in the enquiry that they did not intend to do the works for many years yet. The council lost and West Kent's electricity reached Hartley in 1932.]

24 Apr 1926 Hartley Musical Society KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
Report of 2nd concert of the season held at Constitutional Hall. It also featured perfomance of "A Domestic Episode" by Hartley and District Players with cast listed.

01 May 1926 Farms for Sale in Hartley and Ash East Kent Gazette
New House Farm for sale (along with North Ash Farm)

[KM 12.6.1926 said there were no bids]

08 May 1926 Local News in Brief KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
Hartley Agricultural Cooperative Stores

Public notice that they plan to apply to Kent CC to licence to sell poisonous substances for horticultural and agricultural purposes.

22 May 1926 House for Sale KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
(Advert) "A charming freehold residence 'Bundoran' [1 St John's Lane], Hartley. Approached by drive in commanding postion 400 ft up. 2 reception rooms, 4 bedrooms, bathroom, servants' sitting room and domestic offices. Excellent garage and outbuildings. Electric light, co's water, independent HW boiler. Exquisite gardens with tennis lawn, orchard and kitchen garden, 2 acres. Valuable building frontages. Battam & Heywood will sell by auction (unless previously sold) at the London Auction Mart, on June 10th next at 2.30pm...."

12 Jun 1926 Local News in Brief KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
Hartley WI

They held open day at Institute Hall. "The President (Mrs F W Tate) announced the opening of the Hartley branch of the County Library."

19 Jun 1926 Local News in Brief KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
Furniture for Sale

(Advert) "St Josephs, Hartley, Longfield, Kent. Messrs Porter Putt & Fletcher have been instructed to sell by public auction on the premises, on Tuesday the 22nd day of June 1926 at 11 o'clock precisely the surplus furniture, comprising 7 piece walnut frame Chesterfield Suite, 3ft 6in solid mahogany Pembroke Table, a rich tone Upright Pianoforte, Suuperior carved oak bureau chest of drawers, well made walnut dining room suite, walnut Sutherland table with 2 drop leaves, well made 3f 6in oak extending dining table, 'Valor Perfection' protable oil heating stove, 'Valor Perfection' cooking stove, carpets, linoleum, beds, bedding, bedroom furniture, kitchen utensils, full size bicycle, pony harness and riding saddle, mowing machines, hose, swing garden seat and canopy for same, tennis net and poles, 40 gallons water barrow, and other articles too numerous to mention...."

Specials Supper

"On Wednesday at the Hartley Constitutional Club the members of the Longfield special constabulary, together with the Hartley specials and friends, altogether a company of about 50 enjoyed a supper, followed by a smoking concert....."

House for Sale

"A werll built freehold bungalow; large rooms, containing sitting, dining, 2 bedrooms, bath, hot and cold fitted; large scullery; half acre; £700 or near offer; part can remain if desired; more land adjoining, if wanted. Smith - Phoenix [Stocks Mead], Church Road, Hartley." [Not entirely sure but this may be Harefield, Church Road]

26 Jun 1926 Local News in Brief KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
Hartley's Grievances

Hartley Parish Meeting. (1) Southern Railway said they would consider Longfield Station for cheaper fares, and improvements to station were under consideration. (2) Calls for additional post box. Complaints about only one delivery a day to certain houses, and fact Hartley Post Office does not sell postal orders. It was claimed this harmed trade of produce growers in Hartley. (3) "Road conditions provoked a violent onslaught on the authorities regarding wet tar on the Hartley road, ladies declaring that their shoes were ruined and their carpets soiled by tar.

Properties for Sale

"Hartley Kent, about 1½ miles from Fawkham Station (Southern Railway), London being reached within the hour. Messrs Porter Putt and Fletcher are instructed to submit to auction, at the Masonic Hall, Wrotham Road, Gravesend on Wednesday 14th July 1926, at 3 o'clock precisely:

The modern well arranged freehold country house known as St Mary's, Church Road [Mintmakers]. Situated about 400 feet about sea level with splendid views over the surrounding country to the River Thames. The accommodation comprises large entrance hall, 3 reception rooms, good domestic offices, 5 bedrooms, bathroom etc. The house has been recently occupied by a doctor, and there is a surgery, waiting room and dispensary with separate entrance. Attractively arranged garden of convenient size. Garage.

The conveniently arranged freehold house, known as 'Timber Cottage' [prob Pippins, Church Road]. Occupying a similar position to the above property, and containing hall, 3 reception rooms, 5 bedrooms, good domestic offices, bathroom etc. Good garden with room for tennis court.

The well built freehold house, known as 'St Josephs'. Recently occupied as a small country boarding school, or is admirably suited for some small institution such as a convalescent home. The accommodation comprises 2 reception rooms, usual domestic offices, 3 school rooms, 7 bedrooms, bathroom, large play room and good garden.

Vacant possession of the above three properties will be given on completion.

Two conveniently arranged bungalows known as 'St Just' and 'Stack Cottage', Stack Road. Let on yearly tenancies producing together £81 12s 0d per annum......"

17 Jul 1926 Hartley Manor Student's Omission KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
(Dartford Magistrates) "Charles Eric K Westerstrom, 22, charged with an omission under the Immigration Regulations, said he came from abroad to Hartley for an educational course, and did not quite understand the conditions inserted in his passport. He was fined £5."

31 Jul 1926 Pigs for Sale KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
"Boar. Middle White, 10 months; eligible herd book; fine type, keen; Government Premium sire; gold medal dam; 15 guineas, inspection any time. Tate, Hartley, Longfield."

13 Aug 1926 Old Downs for Sale Kent & Sussex Courier
Charming Red Brick and Tiled Residence

In small, well timbered park; in excellent condition and well fitted. Chestnut Avenue Drive with lodge. 300 feet above sea.

Lounge, hall, 3 reception, 12 bed and dressing rooms, each with lavatory basins, 2 bathrooms, domestic offices, electric light, central heating, independent hot water system, company's water.

Outbuildings, garage, chauffeur's rooms, beautifully kept park like grounds. Orchard, kitchen garden, tennis court with pavilion, farmery, pasture and arable.

Freehold for sale privately or by auction later, at a bargain price, with 22 or 76 acres.

[Also in Times 3.8.1926]

28 Aug 1926 Local News in Brief Kent & Sussex Courier
Crossroad collision

"On Saturday afternoon, Mr A Parkin of Hartley was motor cycling in Main Road when at the Hartley Crossroad he collided with a motor car driven by Mr W Tatlock of Main Road. Mr Parkin was thrown to the ground and bruised. The frame of his motorcycle was bent and the wheels buckled."

11 Sep 1926 Oxted Agricultural Show Westerham Herald
F W Tate reserve in Middle White Pig class with boar "Hartley Winston".

11 Sep 1926 Local News in Brief Westerham Herald
Road 'A Disgrace to any Council'

(Dartford Magistrates) "Frederick Prout, The Firs, Hartley, who was summoned for driving a motor car at Longfield on July 29th at 10.45pm without side lights, pleaded that his headlights and rear lights wer eon, and that his side lights had fused owing to the state of the road which, he said, 'was a disgrace to any council.' The small lights could not withstand the terrible shaking. He was fined 10 shillings."

18 Sep 1926 Oast Cottage, Ash Road Graphic
Drawing of Oast Cottage, Ash Road in article by J C Kershaw about Darent Valley

18 Sep 1926 Embezzlement Charge from Longfield KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
"John Newing of Station Road, Longfield, was charged with embezzling 25s 1d, the money of Mr T Offen of Longfield. Mr Norman Baynes, prosecuting, amended the dates to June 19th 15s 1d and July 6th 10s and said the ammounts were paid by a Mrs Whicker to defendant, who had not handed them to the cashier.

Tom Offen, butcher, Station road, Longfield, said defendant had been in his employ for about 10 months. He had 32s 6d wages, house free, meat at reduced price, and 2s 6d for every new customer he obtained.

On September 2nd, Mrs Whicker produced a receipt, and defendant at first denied receiving the money, but afterwards said he would pay it, and asked if there were any other cases. Witness sent his son round on September 6th and he obtained receipts which defendant could not account for. Witness then discharged defendant. Witness received a letter from defendant's solicitor, denying prisoner's appropriation, objecting to discharge without notice, and asking for 2 months' wages in lieu of notice. Witness had not personally received any money from defendant during the past 3 months. When defendant brought the book on September 3rd some of the leaves were gone. Cross examined by Mr House, defending, witness admitted that he told defendant to find the money by Friday or he would have him arrested. On Friday he applied for a warrant and told the court that it was because he thought defendant was on the shift. Mr House - did you give the magistrates reason to think defendant was going to abscond? - Yes, the blinds were pulled down and hammering was heard. Did you apply for a warrant before or after you received the letter - I believe before I received the letter. You have since been advised that you would have been compounding a felony? - I am not a solicitor, I have not been told I was doing wrong.

Mr House elicited that either witness or his sone might take defendant's money if the bookkeeper was not there, and said the book was entered up by the bookkeeper but possibly amounts might be entered later. Witness entered the whole of the cash received in his private cash book in one entry, which he had not with him. Mr Whicker of St John's, Church Road, Hartley, said she always paid her accounts to defendant and the bill produced was receipted by him in her presence.

Miss Dorothy May Andrews of 9 The Grove, Gravesend, cashier and bookkeeper for complainant, said she received all money taken in the business, handed he accounts for collection to defendant every Tuesday. On June 19th and July 6th there was no record of money paid in by defendant for Mrs Whicker. She had never seen defendant pay money to anyone else. Cross examined: Witness said when complainant had taken any money he always told her. It was possible defendant left his book and the amounts were entered after he had gone. Defendant had never complained of her not booking money he had given her.

The books were examined, and it was found that 10s was credited to Mrs Whicker on June 17th, but there were no entries for June 19th or July 6th. Hubert Jesse Offen, son of the complainant and manager of the shop, stated that he had never received from defendant Mrs Whicker's account.

Mr Howse protested against a warrant being issued for a many against whom nothing previously had been known, and said he considered it scandalous. It only showed the attitude of the employer. He maintained there was no evidence for the case to be proceeded with. The bench committed defendant for trial at the Quarter Sessions."

02 Oct 1926 Norwood Postmaster Norwood News
A M McAllister of Mavis Bank [now Thrush Green], Church Road, given lease to run sub-post office in Long Lane, Norwood

09 Oct 1926 Hartley's Little Troubles KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
Parish Meeting: Paper said at times the atmosphere was "distinctly heated." (1) Thanked Dartford Postmaster for additional collecting box in Church Road, but still unhappy that some houses only get one delivery a day. (2) Meeting unhappy Dartford RDC would not fill in a pond in Church Road. Chairman said RDC would love to do that but surface water has to go somewhere, asked if anyone had an unused well. Mr Nairn suggested soakaway and catch pit wouldn't cost much. Mr Symons said pond encouraged mosquitos an Capt Webster claimed there had been cases of malaria. (4) Requests to Dartford RDC about bad condition of Steep Hill [Castle Hill] and overgrown footpaths. (5) "Mr Sims uttered a strong protest regarding Stack Road footpath, and enquired what the committee appointed to deal with this path had been doing? He suggested they were at loggerheads, and so nothing had been done. The chairman said he had attended all the meetings but had no knowledge of the disagreement alleged. The committee found the problem difficult, as the owners of the private road alongside the path allowed all vehicles to pass. Mr Gray suggested taht hte local authority might take over the road for a one-way traffic scheme. The chairman said that before being taken over the road would have to be made good to the council's requirements, which would mean great expense to the present owners. Mr Sims might rest assured that any practical suggestions for dealing with the footpath would be more than welcome to the committee." (6) Cost of cesspool emptying had gone up because of the distance to the tipping grounds.

16 Oct 1926 Local News in Brief KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
Sale at St Just, Stack Lane

"St Just, Stack Road, Hartley, Kent. Messrs Porter Putt & Fletcher have received instrucitons to offer fo sale by public auction at the above premises on Wednesday 20th October 1926 at 11 o'clock precisely, all the household furniture and effects. Comprising 2ft 6in oak writing desk, 14 day French striking clock in gilt case, 4ft walnut cellarette sideboard polished oak gate leg table, oak adjustable easy chair, 6ft 3in oak bed settee, art carpet squares, cabinet nest of 6 drawers, 3ft 6in grained hanging wardrobe, ditto combination dressing chest and washstand, well made box ottoman, oil paintings, plate, china, linen, lino, rugs, other household requisites, gentleman's bicycle, 8 Rhode Island Red pullets and 1 cockerel, and other items too numerous to mention...."

Harvest Festival

Fruit and veg from All Saints' Harvest Festival sent to Livingstone Hospital, Dartford.

22 Oct 1926 Jockey killed while motorcycling Kent & Sussex Courier
Three months after his marriage, Ernest Backhouse, a jockey employed at the Grays Stud Farm, Westerham Hill, was killed as the result of a motorcycling accident about half a mile from the farm on Sunday while on his homeward way after having finished work for the day. Mr Backhouse was a successful steeplechase rider, and it will be remembered that on the occasion of the recent gymkhana in Sevenoaks he was one of the riders in the incident when a horse dashed into a motor car. At the inquest on Wednesday, held at the Three Horse Shoes, Knockholt, a verdict of 'Death by Misadventure' was returned by the jury, who made strong protests against the speed of motorcyclists generally in the village.

Mr H B Sewell was the Coroner, and Mr H Bond was elected foreman of the jury.

Outlining the story of the accident, the coroner suggested that eh jury migh wish to adjourn after hearing what evidence was available. There were not witnesses present who had acutally seen the collision, as teh two men involved with the deceased in the occurrence were in Bromley Cottage hospital and one of them at least had said he remembered nothing of the accident.

Evidence of identification was given by Mrs Matilda Backhouse, The Woodlands, Hartley, Kingsdown, who said her husband had had this motor cycle for about 4 months and knew the road well.

William Alfred Hawes, head lad at Grays Farm, said the accident happened about half or three-quarters of a mile from the farm, at a very nasty bend.

Replying to a juryman, he said there was practically no view at all at the bend. He had himself had a narrow escape there about 5 weeks ago when he was riding a horse and a motor car came round the bend, knocking him and the horse right round.

William Grayland, 14 Morat Street, Brixton, said he was cycling along Grays Lane with several members of a club, and when about 200 yards from the bend a motor cycle passed him with a pillion rider on it. He could not say definitely, but he thought the speed was about 36 mph, although it was difficult to guess and he might have overestimated it. He passed a remark about it at the time that he thought the cyclist was going fast. He heard no sound of a collision, but when he reached the bend he found deceased lying just behind his machine on his near side of the road. On the other side of the road were the other cyclist and the pillion rider lying on the ground but in a sitting position on the cycle. They were both unconscious. Backhosue was still breathing. He knocked at two or three cottages for help but got no response, and someone summoned an ambulance. The surface of the road at this point was quite good.

Frank William Austin, New Cross, corroborated this evidence up to a point, but estimated the speed of the motor cyclist with the pillion rider at 20 mph. About 4 yards separated the two cycles.

Replying to a juryman, witness said the machine ridden by Backhouse was nearest Westerham Hill and the other one on the Knockholt side, but made no answer to a suggestion that the machines might have bounced backward after the accident.

PC Parris said the width of the road at this spot was 14 feet. The cycle ridden by the two injured men was 6 feet from its near side, and there were skid marks from a point where the road was 12ft 4in wide, commencing 4ft 4in from the offside and running 43ft 4½in up the incline and finishing 6ft from the near side.

The coroner: Your suggestion is that the accident took place 6 feet from the near side of the man going towards Westerham Hill? - Yes

It would be 8ft from the other man's near side? - Yes.

So they were getting near the centre of the road when the impact took place? - Yes. there is no clear view of the road at that point. The hedge hangs 2 feet over the road.

There was no skid mark on the deceased's side? - None.

Did you see the damage to the respective machines? - They were both as if they had hit absolutely head on.

So that with a very little more they would have cleared? They did not come on wheel to wheel? - The front mudguard of deceased's machine was bent right down on the wheel.

Which rider would be on the rise? - The deceased on the rise, going down.

PC Tough, Westerham Hill, said he was cycling from Knockholt, when he met Mr H S Moore of Cutham Grange, with two injured men in his car and advised him to take them to Bromley Hospital. He had since learned that the driver was Frank Arthur Buron of East Dulwich, and the pillion rider Charles Arthur John Norman of Peckham Grove. He then met Mr Hawkins, of Scotts Lodge, with the deceased in his car, and he ahd the body brought to the Three Horse Shoes. He had since seen the driver (Burton), who was suffering from concussion and remembered nothing after entering Grays Lane, and the other man remembered nothing at all.

Replying to the coroner, witness said the rider Burton appeared to have been trying to avoid Backhouse.

Dr Henrietta Broderick expressed the opinion that deceased had been thrown from his cycle and his head had come in contact with the ground, causing fracture of base of the skull. His left jaw was fractured, and he had a compound fracture of the right thigh.

The coroner said he did not think it was necessary to adjourn the inquest, but it was for the jury to decide. There was no suggestion of criminal negligence, and it was difficult to get the exact speed, as the two witnesses had differed on that point.

A juryman said he thought the fact that the cycle skidded 43 feet going uphill showed they were going at a good speed.

Another juryman said he was there to protest against this tremendous fast driving.

The coroner said they must keep to this particular case. The only object of an adjournment woudl be to see whether they could get that they were driving at an excessive speed. They had been told that the inured men remembered nothing about it, and they were sure not to say they were going at an excessive speed.

A juryman: Was it a Club on trials?

PC Tough: No.

Mr Bond: Is there anything to be gained by an adjournment?

A juryman: It's quite clear to my mind.

The jury, having agreed on a verdict of 'Death by Misadventure,' Mr Sewell expressed sympathy with the widow and relatives.

Mr Bond said no words cold express what the jury felt in this matter, and on their behalf he epxressed sympathy with Mr Backhouse and other relatives. Referring to the question raise dby Mr Gorham (speed of motorcycles in the village), Mr Bond said the whole of the jury protested against the excessive speed at which motorcyclists tore through the village and along the lanes. They were all right all the time the police were in view, but the moment they got out of police range they went like mad and cared for nobody or anything. When the police were not there the roads were unsafe for man, woman or child. the jury considered something should be done but did not know what.

A juryman suggested that there should be a danger signal at this bend.

Mr Bond went on to remark that if anyone saw a hedge which required trimming they had only to bring it to the notice of the Parish Council and it would be attended to.

[ Ernest Backhouse lived at Woodlands, Ash Road, his wife continued to live there until about 1930.]

29 Oct 1926 Catholic Society's Claim Dartford Chronicle
Beatrice Davies Cooke, secretary of the Association of Perpetual Adoration, sought possession of the Sacristy Cottage, Hartley from John W Almond, acting sacristan. It was stated that the cottage was the property of the Roman Catholic Bishop of Southwark.

It was stated that defendant, an under gardener, left the employ of the association in June and refused to leave the cottage held under a service tenancy.

Miss Cooke said, as an act of grace, she gave defendant 3 weeks' notice instead of one.

Defendant said the plaintiff was not the owner of the property.

Witness said she had given the cottage to the diocese and the gift would be accepted when vacant possession could be obtained. So far the property was still hers. It was true defendant came from Manchester to work at Hartley, and it was no matter of hardship for plaintiff, who was losing no rent.

His Honour: It seems a great pity that defendant left Manchester.

Defendant: I quite agree with you sir.

His Honour said defendant had no sort of claim to the cottage.

The Rev Father Hoare said he was in charge of the church by order of the Roman Catholic Bishop of Southwark, during the great strike. There was a very great scandal existing in the parish, and Miss Davies Cooke _______

His Honour: Oh, I am not going into that. It is nothing to do with the case.

Witness: Then may I have an adjournment.

His Honour: Yes. But the man cannot continue in the house, and if the bishop wishes, let him communicate with the court. It is very undesirable for this court to have anything to do with troubles of this or any other church.

The case was adjourned until the November court.

[ There is clearly more to this case which is only hinted at here. The paper of 26.11.1926 said the possession order was made, it was said the problem was the clergyman at the earlier hearing didn't represent the bishop.]

30 Oct 1926 Local News in Brief KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
Music at Hartley And a Bright Play

"Attracted by a programme representing the combined forces of Hartley Musical Society and the Hartley Players, large numbers were present at the Constitutional Hall on Friday. As on a previous occasion the conductor, Mr W H Chisholm, included in the entertainment old English and Scottish airs to be sung by audience and choir......Mr Wells Thatcher, in a brief humorous speech on behalf of the Hartley Players, asked for support in their effort to establish an amateur dramatic society. A one act play 'Five Birds in a Cage' by Gertrude Jennings was then presented. The performance proved a complete success and the characterisation excellent. Mrs May Symons as Susan, Duchess of Wiltshire, played with her accustomed art, while Miss Lulu Bancks acted sympathetically as Nellie, a milliner's assistant. Mr Eric Green as Bert, a workman, filled his part convincingly. Mr Frank Gable (Lord Parth) had a difficult role, which he handled well, and special praise is due to Mr John Boulger for a capital performance as a Tube Lift Attendant. The Players at the close received an enthusiastic curtain."

Plants for sale

"Apple, pear, plum, and cherry trees in named varieties, 15s dozen, £5 100; 2, 3, 4 year Gooseberries and Blackcurrants 2s 6d dozen, 15s 100, £6 1,000; Redcurrants 1s 6d dozen, 10s 100, £4 1,000. Poplars, Silver Birch, Larch Fir, Scotch Fir, Spruce Fir, Ash, Laurels, Vinea, chestnut, Jasmine, Plumosa, Lavender, Rosemary, Lonicera, Cherry Plum, Cerasus, Bamboo, Snowberry, Cenista, Cherry Broom, all one price 4s dozen, 30s 100. All above English grown. Inspection invited (not Sunday). Cross Cheques Barclays Bank Ltd - James Brown, Hartley, Longfield, Kent."

Hartley Tradesman and Cheque

(Dartford County Court) "James Brown of Hartley sued James Lewis of 6 Park Terrace Greenhithe, for £9 due as a dishonoured cheque. Defendant did not appear. Plaintiff said the charge was for goods purchased, and his honour gave judgement for the amount claimed."

06 Nov 1926 Local News in Brief KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
Dartford RDC

"the Highways Committee at Dartford RDC, on Tuesday, reported they had considered the further letter fro the Hartley Parish Meeting regarding the pond at Church Road and the dangerous condition of Steep Hill [Castle Hill]. The Surveyor informed the committee that Steep Hill had recently been repaired as far as possible, and it was not advisable to tar paint the road on account of its steepness. In regard to the pond, alternative means of drainage was extremely difficult, bu tthe committee had given the surveyor instructions to clear out the pond as soon as practicable."


"Under the title of 'Fascination of Beekeeping - Some personal experiences' Mr F C Robertson opened on Friday at the WI Hall a new series of lantern talks, arranged by the Agricultural Cooperative Society. Among the numerous hobbies open to those living in rural districts, Mr Robertson remarked, none seemed to him so attractive as the keeping of bees. Though a money profit might only be obtainable in favourable seasons, the wonderful organisation of bee life provided unfailing interest to the observer...." [Mr Robertson's house, Hartley Hill Cottage, was nicknamed "The Honey House" by locals]

Building Byelaws

"The Health Committee at Dartford Rural Council on Tuesday reported that they had considered the question of dealing with the structure erected by Mr W S Barlow at Merton Avenue, which does not comply with the council's byelaws, and which he had been inhabiting for a considerable time. The committee had received Inspector Sutch's report, and were of opinion that the continuted contravention of the byelaws by Mr Barlow should not be permitted, and they recommended that the council take such action as may be necessary to close the premises within 6 months."

13 Nov 1926 Local News in Brief KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
Proposed Free Church

"At a meeting held in the Institute Hall on Monday, it was decided to proceed with arrangements for Free Church services. Mr Edward, who presided, said the growth of Hartley had brought many people together from places where nonconformist churches existed, and the absence of a free church was a great hardship. Mr S H Ellerby gave an account of the negotiations which had led to the meeting, Rev John Eames MA, secretary Kent Congregational Association, suggested following a form of service suitable for all nonconformists, and outlined a scheme for securing preachers. The meeting, on the motion of Mr F Wise, seconded by Mr F Parkin, resolved to establish a Free Church, the first service to be held on the 12th December. A committee, comprising Mrs Edward, Messrs Delf, Parkin, Sizmur and F Wise was elected with Mr Edward as chairman and Mr Ellerby secretary."

20 Nov 1926 Local News in Brief KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
Telegraph Lines

Post Office to place lines along Hartley Hill from junction with Hartley Bottom Road to point opposite Maxwelton. [Now San Michele, Church Road]

For Sale

"For sale - Light Luggage Van, a 24in lawn mower (Green's), also horse ambulance, suitable for summer house etc; all in good condition. Apply Elliott, The Old Downs, Hartley, Longfield."

26 Nov 1926 Funeral of the late Mr W H Walklate Bucks Examiner
The funeral of the late Mr Wilfrid Harold Walkate, who died on Monday in last week at Maple Tree Farm, Botley, at the age of 24 years, took place at Chesham Cemetery on Friday. The service was conducted at Chesham Parish Church by the Vicar, the Rev E A Theobald, after which the body was conveyed to the cemetery...... It is of intereset to note that decesaed was a Lay Reader at Chesham Parish Church for about a year. Before that he was a Lay Reader at Hartley, Kent, where he was also Sunday School Superintendent. It was a great ambition of his to become a missionary, and with that end in view he passed a number of examinations. He was, however, unable to realise his ambition owing to heart trouble. He first came into the district some ten years ago, and during this time he made himself popular, especially in the Amersham Hill district. A prominent member of the Westbourne House Lawn Tennis Club (Amersham) he was the recognised MC for the dances arranged by the club. He was at home for 5 weeks prior to his death, and was under the care of Dr Cunningham.... (details of wreaths etc).

[ Mr Walklate is mentioned a number of times in the All Saints Parish Magazine of 1923-1924.]

04 Dec 1926 Local News in Brief KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
Death of Captain R Harris - A Loss to Longfield

"Longfield learnt with much sorrow on Thursday of the death of the previous evening of Captain R Harris, of Neithrop, Kent Road, at the age of 58. As Parish Councillor and overseer he did excellent service. He was first chairman of the Cottage Gardeners' Association, whilst, on the formation of hte Hartley and District Constitutional Club, he did valuable work as hon secretary. Thus during his brief residence in the district he had taken a large part in the formation of two of its most popular institutions. He was a member of the Sympathy Lodge of Freemasons. During the war he rejoined the army, he served in the Royal Artillery. A widow, daughter and son (who is away at sea) are left to mourn their loss...."

Hartley Girl Guides

"The first meeting of the Hartley Patrol was held on November 24th, at the WI Hall, when Miss Clerk, the Acting Captain explained the objects of the movement. A number of girls were enrolled."

11 Dec 1926 Local News in Brief KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
A Doctor's Complaints

"Dr Beadles, who has recently come to reside at Hartley, has written to the Rural Council calling attention to the bad state of Stack Road and the insanitary condition of the surface water pond in Church Road. The reply of the Highways Committee is that Stack Road is not repairable by the council and the obligation to keep it in a proper condition rests on the owners. The question with regard to the pond had been before the council on previous occasions, but no adequate means of alternative drainage have so far been found."

Longfield Parish Council

Southern Railway has written to the PC to say they will build a footbridge at Longfield Station for £2,030 including purchase of a strip of land, if the PC pays for it. The parish council replied they wouldn't pay for improvements on the company's land.

The Hartley Players Present Mr Pim Passes by

"On Thursday the Hartley Players presented A A Milne's comedy 'Mr Pim Passes By' at the Constitutional Hall, Hartley. Previous successes obtained by this enthusiastic band of amateurs drew a full house. The play was excellently produced under the direction of Mr Ernest Harry, the stage management and scenery being undertaken by Mr John Corri Boulger, with Mr Hedley Symons as business manager.

As Olivia, May Symons filled a part demanding much skill, particularly in hoiding her ground after doubts have been thorwn upon the legality of her marriage. The ease with which the difficult situation was faced proved this player's real ability. Lulu Bancks as Dinah acted with fine spirit and freedom, and her playing aroused the audience from the opening of the first act. Lady Marden, a sporting, downright 'Country' lady, found a capiatl representation at the hands of Blanche Curwen, while Edith Evans filled the part of Anne in good style. In George Marden, Ernest Harry had a part calling for considerable resource, and his treatment of the struggle between respectability and orthodoxy on the one hand and love for Olivia on the other was well thought out. Eric Green as a young artist in love with Dinah did well, his acting being spirited and natural especially where with the indiscretion of youth he rushes in to champion Olivia in distress. A quiet but effective interpretaion of Mr Pim was given by John Boulger, whose role was that of a well meaning but somewhat unhelpful 'Passer-by' with a hesitating manner not easy to get ove the footlights.

In developing the plot the Players worked consistently together, the essential points in the story being skillfully emphasised, so that the play moved to its conclusion with certainty and success. The funiture used was lent by Messrs J T Cooper & Sons of Gravesend. Between the acts Mr J Wells Thatcher appealed for increased support for the Hartley Players, who were generously producing the play on behalf of the Parish Magazine fund."

[Hartley Players count this as their first production, but the paper mentions earlier productions. Eric Green should have found playing love for Lulu Bancks's character easy, as he later married her!]

18 Dec 1926 Local News in Brief KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
Free Church Service

"The first free church service to be held in Hartley took place on Sunday evening at the WI Hall, and was well attended. The preacher, Rev Arthur Haig RN secretary, Chatham and District Congregational Association, expressed gratification at taking part in the inaugural service of an effort which promised to bring a fresh spiritual influence to bear upon the life of the district."

Nursing Association

"..has for the public's guidance, erected a board outside Nurse Weaver's house in Essex Road".

Impressive funeral scenes

450 (including 120 schoolchildren) attend funeral of 7 year old son of Mr and Mrs John Sims, knocked down by a motor.

25 Dec 1926 Local News in Brief KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
A Longfield Suit

(Divorce Court) "Mr Justice Bateson also heard the undefended petition of Mrs Fanny Weaver, of Church Road, Hartley Hill, Longfield, for a divorce against her husband, Edgar Frank Weaver, a cook, on the ground of his adultery with a woman at Golders Green and at Pimlico. Petitioner married her husband in February 1922, and there was one child. After hearing evidence, his lordship granted petitioner a decree nisi with costs."

03 Jan 1927 Old Downs School Times
"Expert coaching for all examinations for Army, Navy, Universities and professions. Many successes. Prospectus from Mr J R Stickland MA Cantab Wrangler, The Old Downs, Hartley"

15 Jan 1927 Hartley and Electricity KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
Hartley Parish Meeting

(1) Steep Hill [Castle Hill] has been repaired at request of last meeting. (2) Hartley Green "A plan by the Rural Council for treating the Green aroused a brisk discussion. Under the scheme put forward the Green will be planted with shrubs and arranged with gravel paths, provision also being made fro a depot and a certain amount of road widening. The chairman said his first feeling was strong opposition to the alteration as he felt that an open piece of grass afforded children their only playground. The Surveyor, however, had urged that at present the Green could only be regarded as a death trap, as the children coming out of school naturally rushed across the roa to teh Green. Accidents to children frequently arose in such circumstances and the real interests of the children would be met by the proposal. Mr Gray said that whatever was done the meeting should refuse to accept the plan if a stone depot was included. Stones on the Green had always been a menace. Mr Symons moved the adoption of the council's proposal, but with the stipulation that the depot be omitted. Mrs Oldrey, who seconded, suggested that there was a prospect of a recreation ground being provided, in which case the children would not be without a playing field. The resolution was carried." (3) Electricity. "Mr Tate speaking on the question of electricity supply reported that he had an interview iwth the General Manager and Chief Engineer of the West Kent Electric Co who stated, after surveying the neighbourhood that they concluded the supply of current impracticable. Mr Tate pointed out that the Company obtained recently a confirmation of the official order giving them the right to supply the area, defeating the Gravesend Council's appllication. The company's officials however argued that a supply from Gravesend was just as impossible as the revenue would be insufficient in either case. Special conditions has enabled the parent company from which the West Kent Company took their supply to deliver current in the Cobham district. Finally the Company could undertake no great extension of mains until the scheme of the Electricity Act 1926 had been made public. This act authorised the provision of a network of electric mains over the whole country under government auspices, involving a total outlay of over £30,000,000 and until this scheme was defined the Company felt unable to move. He regretted their hopes of securing electricity had been disappointed. Dr Welch moved and Mr Sizmur seconded that the South Suburban Gas Company be approached as to the possibility of supplying gas in the district. The Gas Company already had powers in Longfield and might be willing to act if assured of a demand. The motion was carried. (4) Motions carried to ask Fairby Grange and the Primary School to remove trees obstructing Ash Road.

05 Feb 1927 Local News in Brief KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
Car for Sale

"Standard 9hp, 2 seater, dickey, 1914; offers; Culvey Down, Hartley"

12 Feb 1927 Local News in Brief KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
Youth and the Charleston

(poor quality photocopy) "Socially Longfield goes unnoticed in the floodtide of modernity, as its youth does not Charleston. This must be one of the few spots on the globe where flaming youth blushes at the mention of the word. But don't blame the youth. Charleston they would and perhaps Charleston they will. Without being critical, one must point an accusing, but not too accusing finger at those who in their houth danced the valeta and polka. One must accuse them of unintentionally driving away the Charleston because they have not got their house in order. The house, the Village Hall has not been used for the Terpsichorean art for many a day. The reason is a mere trifle. The beastly heating arrangement has been out of order and no-one has had the energy or [.......] to get it repaired or to organise a dance. Thus does the youth go unattended. Maybe one of these days, their spirits will revolt against the medieval tone of the village. They will conquer the bad? and Charleston to their hearts' content. Till then cannot the Hall Committee cater for their need [rest badly faded, something about billiards table] AC."

Land to Let

"Land to let for grazing - 40 acres of good pasture land adjoining Fawkham Station, rental 30s per acre. Apply Woodward, Hartley Manor Farm, Longfield. Phone Longfield 37."

19 Feb 1927 Local News in Brief KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
Servant Wanted

"General wanted; fond of children; small family; help given; comfortable home. Mrs Ralph Day, New House, Hartley."

Nursery Business

"Evergreen laurels, scotch firs, spruce firs, larch firs, Rosemary, Lavender, Snowberry, Silver Birch, Cherry Plum, Bird Cherry, Ash, Elms, Beech, Poplars, Laburnums, Cypresses, Quince, Broom; all above 4s per dozen, 30s per 100. Apple, Pear, Plum and Cherry Trees, 15s per dozen, 100s per 100. Blackcurrant, Redcurrant, Gooseberry bushes, 2s 6d dozen, 16s per 100. Inspection invited any day, Sunday excepted. Packing free, on rail free, cash with order. James Brown, Hartley, Longfield, Kent."

20 Feb 1927 Three Years for Motorist who Assaulted a Girl Reynolds's Newspaper
"While Cecilia Waters (21), a wardmaid at a Lee Hospital, was waiting for a tram (sic) at Fawkham to take her home to Dartford on December 28, Charles Archie Allen (19), a plumber's mate, offered to driver her home. She accepted his offer. The sequel was heard at the Kent Assizes yesterday, when he was sentenced to 3 years' penal servitude for criminally assaulting her. It was stated that he stopped on the way, and attracted by the girl's screams, two men went to her assistance, and Allen made off on his machine."

25 Feb 1927 When Wagon Meets Lorry Dartford Chronicle
"Messrs Martin and Stilles, haulage contractors, Strood, sued William Sale of Hartley, for £3 17s 6d damages. Mr N Haynes appeared for the plaintiff, and Mr H Goff for defendant.

The action arose out of a collision between the plaintiff's steam waggon and defendant's lorry, damage being done to the amount claimed.

William Russell of Rochester, said on July 15th 1926, he was driving a steam waggon along Watling Street towards Crayford, and was going about 7mph. A motor lorry, coming in the same direction as private motor, passed in the opposite direction. The lorry struck the cabin of the steam waggon in passing. It was not true that he turned out of his course - he kept on a straight one. The mark of wheels pointed out after the accident was not witness's.

In reply to Mr Goff witness denied that he swerved out.

Alfred Culley, mate to last witness, said they were about 18 inches from the kerb, and teh other lorry cut in and caught their cab. He turned too sharply as he passed. If he had kept straight on he would have had plenty of room. Russell did not swerve at all. There was plenty of room for defendant to pass.

William Sale of Hartley, said he was travelling along Watling Street, and as he was going to pass a steam waggon he gave warning, but driver of the steam waggon swerved out. After he had passed he glanced round and saw plaintiff signalling to him, and he stopped and went back. He did not feel any impact, and showed plaintiff how his wheel marks came out, and thought it was because there was a bad patch in the road. His own wheel marks shewed a straight course. It was not because he cut in, but because plaintiff turned out.

Judgement was given for plaintiff."

05 Mar 1927 Family Announcement Times
Birth of dau to Cdr Thomas and Joan Mallet Morgan (The Birches, Ash Road)

12 Mar 1927 Local News in Brief KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
New Licenses Refused

(Dartford Magistrates) "Mr Hugh Goff applied on behalf of Mr S H Ellerington, who holds a beer licence, for an off licence to sell wine and spirits at his premises in Station Road, Longfield. Mr Tatham, opposing, said people could easily get what they wanted from the Railway Tavern, which was only a stone's throw away, or from the Black Lion or other places. Mr Arthur Adams, Longfield, Assistant Overeer, said the Overseers had instructed him to say that in their opinion the licence was necessary. The Chairman remarked that he was surpirse to hear that they took such a step in their official capacity. Persons so positive might have come to speak for themselves. Mr Tatham suggested the overseers were concerned about most was an increase in their rateable value. Mr Goff submitted that the overseers had taken the proper course. Supt Fowle: I am instructed by the Chief Constable of the County to oppose the application on the ground that a new licence is not necessary for the requirements of the district. Mr Goff: The Chief Constable has not come to speak for himself (Laughter). The application was refused."

19 Mar 1927 Local News in Brief KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
Hatching Eggs for Sale

(advert) "Eggs for Hatching 7/6 per doz. Barnevelder, White Wyandotte, Rhode Island Red. From healthy, hardy and prolific stock. C S Bignell, Colyton, Hartley, Longfield."

26 Mar 1927 Local News in Brief KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
Comedy Well Actd at Hartley

"The Hartley Players, who have already gained a reputation as a clever company of amateurs, added to their laurels by their presentation of James Montgomery's comedy 'Nothing but the Truth' in the Constitutional Hall, Hartley on Thursday, Friday and Saturday..." Leading roles went to Robert Hale, J A O'Brien, John Corn Boulger, E M Thom, Blanche Curwen, Edith Evans, May Symons, Lulu Bancks, Ethel Lingham.

A voluntary Bankrupt - Longfield Poultry Farmer with a Surplus

"At Rochester Bankruptcy Court on Monday before the REgistrar Mr F F Smith, Oscar Stephen Bailey, a taxi proprietor and poultry farmer of Newlands Shaw, New Barn, Longfield, was examined by the Official Receiver (Mr J L Poland). Debtor gave his gross liabilities as £1,631 of which £935 was expected to rank for dividend. A receiving order had been amde on his own petition, and he said his assets exceeded his liabilities, consisting of securities in the hands of creditors £850, and funiture and motor car £100. He said that until 1920 he was employed by a firm of house furnishers in London as a salesman at a salary of £575. In Athens he contracted typhoid fever and had to relinquish his position. He bought Newlands Shaw for £800 and at one time had as many as 500 head of poultry. He found the poultry did not pay, and in 1923 sold up his stock for £62. He then bought a taxi for £200, and as that did not pay, he eventually gave it up. He attributed his failure in the taxi business to competition and to his customers buying their own cars. Debtor was allowed to pass."

Fawkham Green Motor Accident

"While drving a motor car across the cross roads from the direction of Ash on Saturday, Mr Archibald J Grace, of Holywell Park, Ash, a driver for Mr R H Foa, collided with Mr James W Minords of Charmwood, Farwell Road, Sidcup, who was driving a motor cycle with Miss Dorothy Love of the Grange, Hawley near Dartford as passenger. Minords sustained a cut face and bruised eye and Miss Love a cut at the back of the head and a bruised leg and ankle. Both were attended by Dr Beadle of Hartley and taken home in Mr Foa's car."

House for Sale

(Advert for Porter Putt & Fletcher) "Hartley - Well arranged freehold country house, known as St Mary's, Church Road, containing 3 reception rooms, good domestic offices, 5 bedrooms, bathroom etc. Garage and well arranged garden."

Hartley 2 Longfield 3

(Football - Kent Amateur League) "This local derby took place at Hartley on Saturday, when Longfield won by 3-2. The home side were unlucky to lose having mastered their opponents by a 2-0 lead at half time. However, a penalty was awarded to Longfield, which was converted by D Morris. Shortly afterwards the visitors equallises. Hartley worked hard to increase their lead, but luck was against them, and finally Longfield found the net. Seal scored both goals for the homesters. Teams: Hartley - Peeke, Norwood, Rogers, Jackson, Ballad, Shambrook, Sims, Johnson, Seal, Crowhurst, Edmeades. Longfield - Day, A Foster, Bristow, L Foster, Hemsley, Canden, Mitchell, Bennett, H Foster, Longhurst, Morris."

09 Apr 1927 Seizure While Lawn Mowing KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
"Gardener's Death at Hartley. Mr H B Sewell conducted an inquest at Hartley Constitutional Club on Tuesday, concerning the death of William Henry Joy, 50, of the The Bungalow, Green Street Green. Deceased, a gardener, was employed at The Gables, Hartley, and died suddenly whilst at work on Saturday. Dr Burt was foreman of the jury. Mrs Lily Joy said her husband seemed all right when he left home at 7am. He had never been attended by a doctor for at least 30 years. Mr E F Newcomb of the Gables, said deceased had been employed there for 2 years. She paid him at 11.30, when he seemed alright. Not long after, looking through the drawing room window, she saw deceased lying on his back on the lawn, which he had been mowing. When she went out, he was breathing quickly. She gave him brandy and the baker went for the doctor. Dr S A E Griffiths of Meopham, said he was called for at 12.20pm, and found deceased dead. A post mortem examination, showed that death was due to valvular disease of the heart. A verdict of 'death from natural causes' was returned."

20 May 1927 Recovery of Tithes Dartford Chronicle
"In a case where it was sought to recover certain tithes from landowners at Hartley, it was stated by plaintiff that the defendant was liable for part of the tithe and therefore it was lawful to claim the whole from him, and he had power of recovery from others who were liable. HisHonour said it was monstrous that when small sums had been collected for years the amount should suddenly be raised to a high figure. A representative for the collectors said that he had spent 2 hours explaining to defendant, and his honour retorted: 'You may have to spend another 2 hours with me, but I am not sure you will have to instruct counsel.' The case, with others of a similar nature was adjourned."

28 May 1927 Local News in Brief KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
Sale of Crops

7th annual sale of growing crops by Ambrose and Foster at Maidstone on 9th June includes 4 acres of cherries and apples at Hartley Court for Mr G Day.

04 Jun 1927 Car for Sale KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
"Overland Tourer, 5 seater, c.l, s.s., good condition; 1920 model. Reasonable offer, Chuter, Little Downs, Hartley." [not sure what abbreviations stand for]

25 Jun 1927 Local News in Brief KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
Stable on Fire

"A fire was discovered in a stable at the top of Station Road on Friday. A horse, belonging to Mr J Foster, which had been put into it only 10 minutes before, was burned to death. Fire appliances were obtained from the station, and the railway staff and others endeavoured to stem the outbreak. Messrs Newing, Sexton Ganden, Longhurst and Remington, in particular, rendered energetic services, but their efforts to free the horse were in vain. The stable - mainly a wooden structure - was almost destroyed. The flames, however, were extinguished before the arrival of the Dartford Fire Brigade. In an adjoining shed was a tank containing a large quantity of oil. The hose was played onto this building, which happily did not catch fire. The cause of the outbreak is unknown. Although the stable was the property of Sir Gerald Hohler, it was in the use of Mr J Foster."

Motors Collide

"A misunderstanding caused a motor smash at the bottom of Whitehill on Tuesday. Mr A Dines was coming from Fawkham, and Mr Judge from Dartford. Apparently each thought the other was going to stop, and in consequence Mr Judge's car crashed side on into the other, which was sent into a fence opposite. Both cars were badly damaged, and the fence knocked down."

29 Jun 1927 Sale adverts Times
Blackcurrant bushes for sale at The Stoep, Fairby Lane

16 Jul 1927 Local News in Brief KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
Shooting for Sport

(advert) "Wanted for next 2 or 3 seasons within easy motor run of Hartley, rough shooting, nothing elaborate, just somewhere to exercise dog and gun at weekends - Apply Major P I Newton, Bundoran, Hartley." [Bundoran is now 1 St John's Lane]

Signwriter // (advert) "Signwriter (experienced) desires occasional work, commercial motors, signs and notice boards - ERT, Ash Croft, Hartley Hill, Longfield" [ERT was Edgar Richard Taylor]

23 Jul 1927 Foot and Mouth Disease East Kent Gazette
Outbreak of Foot and Mouth disease at Hunton, Hartley etc in 15 mile restricted area

12 Aug 1927 St John Ambulance Dartford Chronicle
Plans for a St John Ambulance branch in Longfield and Fawkham district

20 Aug 1927 Parted on the Eve of Diamond Wedding KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
"On the eve of his diamond wedding, Mr Thomas Baister, 81, passed away at Hartley on Tuesday. His wife, who is 84, is bedridden and does not realise that her husband is dead. A devoted couple, they were married at Darlington, where Mr Baister started his career as engineer's fitter on the North Eastern Railway. A few years after he was transferred to Middlesbrough, and later to Ashford, where he was employed in connection with the old South Eastern Railway. Returning to Darlington, he was place on the pensions list at the age of 74 He then came to live with his daughter, Mrs A Robson, at Hartley. When the Royal Albert Docks were being erected, Mr Baister was sent by the Railway Company to the firm of Dorman, Long's to direct the engineering side. He was also concerned with the erection of the north quay of Bramley Moor Docks by the Teeside Engineering Company. He held a responsible position with the railway company, and when any new engine was finished, he would accompany it on a 100 miles test trip. Two sons and one daughter are living. The funeral takes place at Longfield." [according to the 1924 electoral register he lived at Maclean, Ash Road]

27 Aug 1927 Local News in Brief KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
Property for Sale

Henry Parker & Co of Swanley and Longfield have 5 roomed bungalow at Hartley Hilltop for sale. Also "freehold building estate, 56 acres, Gorse Wood, Hartley, Longfield."

Hartley Through the Ages

(review) "Kent literature is all the richer for this fascinating story of a typically Kentish village. Mr Bancks already enjoys a considerable reputation as an author, and in his latest work he has ingeniously contrived to tell a story of one village that can be applied to any other....."

01 Sep 1927 Longfield Railway Station Times
Station comes 4th in Southern Railway horticultural competition

10 Sep 1927 Local News in Brief KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
Longfield Parish Council

(1) Dartford RDC to let them have gravel to repair pond to Station Road footpath free of charge. (2) Football club thanked them for use of ground at Whitehill but said they wouldn't use it this season abecaue of bad condition, requiring harrow and roller. (3) Rats said to be damaging crops at allotments, clerk asked to find poison that would work.

School Trip

Longfield School children go to London Zoo.

11 Nov 1927 Miner to Florist Somerset Guardian
"Mr Bernard W Wheeler or the Nurseries, Station Road, Longfield, Kent, formerly of Timsbury, who left his work as a miner at Camerton Colliery 2 years ago, to take up business as a nurseryman in Kent, met with a conspicuous success with exhibits of chrysanthemums at the Gravesend Horticultural and Chryssanthemum Show held in the Market Hall, Gravesend, on Wednesday Week. He staged 4 entries; one a spray and 3 exhibits of Japanese specimen blooms, and was highly gratified when awarded 3 first prizes and one second. His many friends in the Timsbury and Camerton area will be pleased to hear of his success."

12 Nov 1927 Sale of Stock at Hartley Grange Kentish Gazette
(Advert) "Hartley Grange, Longfield, Kent. 1 mile Fawkham Station, bus services to and from Dartford and Gravesend pass the property.

Sale by auction of about 300 head of poultry. Including: pure bred pullets (White Wyandotte, Rhode Island Red and White Leghorn) and 63 ducks, all good laying strains. 4 goats, 5 pig shelters, 8 scratching sheds, Nissen Hat; 12 sectional poultry houses, corn bins, dry mash hoppers, drinking and feeding troughs, coops, Glevum Incubator, egg boxes, Tamlin Brooders, cart, plough, scarifier, shepherd's hut, tanks, fruit sprayer, poultry gates, lawn mower, 2,000 yards wire netting.

Henry Parker & Co are instructed by E Harry esq, to sell the above by auction on the premises on Wednesday 23rd November 1927 at 11am. On view day prior to and on morning of sale. Catalogues may be obtained of the Auctioneers, Longfield, Kent; Swanley Junction, Kent or 153 Cheapside EC2."

19 Nov 1927 Armistice Day at Hartley KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
"A service was held at the village war memorial. The school children assembled with their teachers, together with many residents. In the absence of the rector through illness, Mr J Wells Thatcher took the service and delivered a short address. A further service, arranged jointly by local organisations, took place at the Memorial on Sunday afternoon. Contingents of scouts and rovers from Gravesend and district supported the Hartley troop, who marched with their colours to the Memorial, followed by the Hartley Girl Guides, also carrying their colours. Marches were played by the Hartley and District Band, which assisted with the accompaniments of the hymns. An anthem 'Call to Remembrance' was rendered by the Hartley Musical Society. During the service, which was taken by Mr Wells Thatcher, the 23rd Psalm was read by Mr S H Ellerby, and at the close the 'Last Post' and 'Reveille' bugle calls were sounded. Brig-General Andrus, before the opening of the service, expressed gratitude to Captain Webster, whose artistic floral decoration of the Memorial made it a scene of real beauty. Remembrance services were also held at the Parish Church, the collections being donated to Earl Haig's Fund. At Evensong Mendelssohn's 'Hear my Prayer' was sung by the choir. Mrs H M Clark sang the solo part and Mr Roy Chisholm was at the organ."

25 Nov 1927 Riding without Lights Dartford Chronicle
Percy Edwards fined 7s 6d for riding bike without light at Hartley

03 Dec 1927 Letter to the Editor Times
Mr J A O'Brien from The Stoep, Hartley says retailers will not sell date stamped eggs because it would then be obvious how old "new laid" eggs really are

10 Dec 1927 Local News in Brief KM (Gravesend Telegraph)

"The 1st Hartley Patrol, who hold their meetings in the hut lent by Mr Ellerby, have now been inspectd and approved by the District Sub-Commissioner (Mr Bond). Mr P Wright BA, an experienced scoutmaster, has joined the troop to assist Mr O Delf."

Longfield Parish Council

(1) Tree overhanging mission church at Longfield Hill cut back. (2) Southern Railway told by Ministry of Health to repair Station Road, they say it is in hand. (3) Auditor praises Longfield PC. (4) Outstanding loans: (a) Recreation Ground, borrowed £140 owing £93 (b) Burial Ground borrowed £85, owing £18 (c) Alltoments borrowed £275, owing £221.

What's in a name?

"A correspondent writes: 'Is it not ridiculous that the name of Fawkham is borne by the railway station in Longfield? In justice to the village and travellers it would perhaps be fair if the Company were to rename the station. Only recently I encountered a gentleman, apparently a commercial traveller, in Station Road, and politely asked the way to Longfield. The answer came as a pleasant surprise. One of these days someone might have occasion to ask the way to Fawkham.' "

The late Mr A Johnson

"The funeral of Mr Alfred Johnson, who was accidently drowned off Messrs White's works, Swanscombe, on the previous Tuesday, took place at the parish church on Saturday. The Rector (Rev H B Hennell) officiated. Miss C Meadway played Mendelssohn's funeral march, and the hymns sang were 'The Church's One Foundation' and 'Abide with Me'. A muffled peal was rung on the bells both before and after the service. Deceased was an active member of the Bellringers' Association, and was a keen footballer, playing for Ash and District in 1925 and 1926, and for Hartley in 1927. He also belonged to the Young Men's Club. He played football for Hartley the Saturday before his death, and rang the church bells on teh Sunday. The coffin was carried to the church by 8 football colleagues. The grave was lined with evergreens and chrysanthemums......" List of mourners and floral tributes.

15 Dec 1927 Hartley Players KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
Favourable review of "Mrs Gorringe's Necklace" performed at the Constitutional Hall over the weekend. Leading roles went to May symons, Blanche Curwen, Lulu Bancks, Edith Evans, J A O'Brien, Hugh S Beadles, Robert Hale, Eric Green, Frank Gable.

07 Jan 1928 Local News in Brief KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
A Touch of the Antarctic

"During the recent snow the village suffered more severely than any other in the district. All roads approaching it were blocked by drifts, in many places 10 feet deep. The village street itself was buried and the inhabitants had to dig themselves out. At the corner where the Swan Inn stands, and the roads from Fawkham and Hartley enter the village, a blizzard raged. As fast as gangs of men shovelled the snow away, fresh drifts were formed. all supplies had to be brought over the fields. No vehicle entered or left the village for 4 days. On the 5th day Messrs Goodwin Bros lorry was the first to break the silence of the snowy wastes."

Items for Sale

"Incubator, Tamlin's nonpariel 60 eggs, £5. Acme Roofing Tiles unused, Ashgate Roofing Tiles unused, 8s per 100. Harris & Co, Hartley Wood Corner, Longfield."

13 Jan 1928 Dangerous Driving Dartford Chronicle
“At the Greenwich Police Court on Thursday, Frederick Christopher Chuter, Little Downs, Hartley, Kent, was summoned for neglecting to stop his motor car at the request of a police officer at New Cross Road. Defendant was also summoned for driving in a manner dangerous to the public.

Mr H L Tatham defended.

PC Weeks 769M, said that on October 27th, outside New Cross Gate station, he was assisting pedestrians to cross the road, and was on the tram track wehn defendant's car was about 100 yards off. Witness signalled to him to stop, but he made no attempt to do so, and came on at from 10 - 15 mph, nearly knocking down a lady. Witness shouted to defendant to stop, and he looked round, but kept going, and witness took the number of the car.

Cross examined: There was not a stationary tram car ahead of defendant, who could not help seeing him, although he might as he said, have had his eyes on the people on the pavement.

Harry Wing, 133 St Donatts Road, New Cross, said he saw the officer in the centre of the road, with his hand up.

Flora Young, 6 Eddystone Road, Crofton Park, said the car ran between witness and her mother in law when the constable's hand was extended. The officer called out "Stop" but the driver went on.

Kate Young, 6 Eddystone Road, gave similar evidence. She said defendant seemed to have slowed up, but went on. It was a miracle that she and her daughter in law were not both knocked down.

Defendant, giving evidence, said he had driven for 18 to 20 years without accident. On this occasion he was driving a lady to Denmark Hill Hospital, and was going carefully on account of her condition. He slowed down on seeing the women, and did not see the officer at the time. The constable did not have his hand up as witness passed, and did not call to him to stop. As witness passed, he said "Sorry, constable," and passed on. He had a clear road.

Guy Sinclair Fielden, Greenlands, Longfield, said he was taking his wife to hospital. Defendant drove carefully. The first he saw of the constable was when he "appeared from nowhere," and beckoned two ladies across right under the nose of the car. The constable did not call upon defendant to stop, but said, "What are you doing?" as they passed.

Mr McKenna dismissed the first summons, and on the second fined defendant 30 shillings with 15s 6d costs, the licence not to be endorsed.”

14 Jan 1928 Local News in Brief KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
St Michael's School

(advert) "A new day and boarding school for boys…..."

Karswood Poultry Foods

"Mrs Francis, Hillside, Hartley Hill, says Karswood foods cheapest and best. Karswood Poultry Spice (containing ground insects), packets 1s 3d; Karswood Poultry Meal 3½lbs, 10d - From Bourne and Sons Ltd, Maidstone." "

26 Jan 1928 Land in Dispute McIntosh County Democrat
""Land in Dispute ""Cook's Croft"" made famous by Dick Turpin, is the cause of a dispute between the British ministry of Agriculture and the rector of Fawkham, England. The land has 2 owners, yet in a sense is no man's land, because it is in no parish, and the rector refuses to collect any tithes from it. Part of it has been sold and the ministry of agriculture wishes to reapportion it for tithes, but the rector claims that as it has never been apportioned it therefore cannot be reapportioned and no-one can claim it. In 1700, the spot was called ""Three Gates"" because of three gates that stood under an old tree in the lonely spot. Turpin stood under the tree when he robbed the Gravesend coach."""

28 Jan 1928 Longfield Licensee Convicted KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
"George Miles, Green Man, Longfield, was summoned for selling intoxicating liquor during restricted hours; and William Thomas Boucher, Hartley, and Thomas Strickson, Orpington, were summoned for consuming liquor. Det Sergt Stutchfield stated that about 9 o'clock on January 9th, in one of the rooms of the Green Man, he saw Boucher and Strickson with 2 glasses containing old ale. Boucher said 'One of themm is mine'. Witness informed the men that they had no right to be consuming intoxicating liquor on licensed premises. Boucher said, 'You need not bother, I'll take the responsibility; he (Strickson) came in and I asked him to have one.' The landlord said, 'I don't know about the the responsibility, it's me that's standing the racket.' Replying to Mr Tatham, for the defence, witness said they were there to do business. Mr Tatham said Mr Boucher was an architect and surveyor, and Strickson a builder, and they had been discussing business. Miles, who had been the licensee for 27 years, had been informed by the owners that he could not continue. The bench fined Miles £10, and the other defendants £5 each."

28 Jan 1928 Seek Position Times
Mr Wilkins, male cook to Morgans seeks position

11 Feb 1928 Local News in Brief KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
Hartley WI Birthday Tea

"A birthday tea marked the 7th anniversary of the WI. The event proved highly attractive, nearly every member being present. The President (Mrs Frank Tate) wished them every happiness in the New Year which had just started for the Institute. Mrs Hedley Symons gave one of FW Thomas' amusing sketches, and Mrs Jennings Clark sang 'Funicula'.... Community songs were sung, the proceedings terminating with the singing of Auld Lang Syne and the National Anthem."

Hartley Women's Constitutional Association

70 attend 4th annual meeting of the Women's Conservative club.

18 Feb 1928 Maryland Farm Stock for Sale KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
"Maryland Farm, Hartley, Longfield, Kent. 2 miles from Fawkham Station, bus service to and from Dartford and Gravesend passes close to the property.

Sale by auction of about 170 head of poultry. Including Pure bred pullets, Rhode Island Reds and L.S. and 24 ducks. 12 sectional poultry houses, coops, chick runs, drinking and feeding vessels, 5 incubators, 6 brooders and hovers etc. Messrs Henry Parker & Co have received instructions to offer the above for sale by auction at the premises, on Wednesday 29th February 1928 at 11am....."

[Probably Grosvenor, Church Road]

03 Mar 1928 Closing Order Dartford Chronicle
“William Edward Barlow, Merton Avenue, Hartley, was summoned by Dartford Rural Council to shew why he should not comply with a closing order made against him on May 3rd 1927.

Mr Goff, who appeared for the council, said the defendant appealed to the Ministry of Health, who upheld the decision of the council.

Mr Leslie V Sargent, Sanitary Inspector to the Rural District Council, gave formal evidence.

The defendant: Why have they made this closing order?

The witness: Because the house was unfit for habitation.

Can I make it fit for habitation? - It is not possible.

Yet my family and I have lived there for 5 years without ill effects? - I don't know.

The clerk: You cannot get behind the closing order.

Alderman Mitchell: You appealed to the Ministry of Health, and they upheld the council's decision.

The defendant: Is it a rule when you make a closing order that it is necessary for you to find other accommodation?

Alderman Mitchell: I am not here to answer questions.

The Sanitary Inpsector said it was not the rule to find alternative accommodation.

The defendant said that when he first went to the place, he put up a temporary building, and afterwards built something better.

The Inspector: I know you built a shack there.

Alderman Mitchell: We have nothing to do with all these questions. The closing order says you have to get out.

The defendant: Where am I to go?

Alderman Mitchell: I don't know.

The bench made an order for the defendant to quit in 21 days.”

03 Mar 1928 Local News in Brief KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
Kent Messenger District Manager for Dartford is E M Thom, 1 Fairby Hill, Hartley. Young readers' birthdays include Leonard George Smith [1916-1978], age 12, of Deravona, Hartley [Harefield, Church Road]

09 Mar 1928 Maintenance Order Dartford Chronicle
Ernest Wilfred Murray charged with deserting his wife Kathleen Murray of Hartley, ordered to pay her 30 shillings a week maintenance

16 Mar 1928 Hartley Tithes Dartford Chronicle
"Messrs Davis and Davis, solicitors, claimed certain tithes of Wilfred Mansfield of Hartley, to whom it was explained that the holder of a portion of tithable land was responsible for the payment of the tithe on the whole, though he could not recover from other tenants.

Defendant: But this plot of land is purely mthical. Where is it? These people have been a pest to the neighbourhood for years. His Honour: You are one of many people who do not understand the position about tithes. Defendant asked the plaintiff's representative what the tithe per acre was and that gentleman replied he did not know. Defendant: That is what I wanted to know. His Honour said as defendant was the owner of a part he was liable fo rpayment on the whole and could claim of the other tenant. Defendant: Who is he? That is what I want to know. Nobody seems to know. His honour (to plaintiff) Do you want to distrain? Plaintiff: Yes sir. His Honour: Well you are entitled to your order.

A further claim was against Mr J Butler [of Ashleigh, Church Road], and his Honour remarked, 'You have raised just the same point. You own one eighth of the tenement and you are liable to pay the whole.' Defendant said he had already paid sums for other people. His Honour: Why don't you get it back? Defendant: I should like to, but if plaintiff can't how can I? It is difficult. His Honour: I can only administer the law as I find it. Defendant said the Vicar had expressed wonder that a claim was not mad eupon someone else sometimess and why it was always made upon him. An order authorisng distraint was made in this case also, his honour remarking 'It is very hard on you, I know.' Defendant: Will you give me time to collect it if possible? His honour: Take 3 months. You have been paying other people's tithes some months and you have probably lost sight of some of them.

The defendant, in another case was Mr A W Doughty, who said the charge [er acre was not what it should be. 'Is this parson to claim like this?' he asked. His honour: It's nothing to do with the parson. When you have piad you can go and get it from the others. Defendant: But I can't do it. I should get the sack for leaving my work and I can't pay for it to be done. Davis and Davis are paid to collecte it; why don't they do it? His honour: They are entitled to collect from you. Defendant: Then God help Christianity. Am I to put them in Court if they won't pay? Who is to find the money? His honour: Yes. It is hard, but it is continually cropping up. Defendant (leaving the box): Then it won't get paid.

Other similar claims were from Major C L Harrington, Messrs Harvey [of Baldhu, Manor Drive], White and C E Tiffen [of The Firs, Manor Drive] and Mrs Jackson [of Forge Cottage, Ash Road], and similar orders were made in each case."

31 Mar 1928 Local News in Brief KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
Hartley Annual Parish Meeting

Mid Kent Water Company has written to say the mains in Church Road is too small to install hydrants. In addition Dartford RDC have rejected their request to have fire extinguishers placed in accessible places.

04 Apr 1928 House for Sale Sheffield Daily Telegraph
P Harris - 4 bed house for sale £1,300 [St Margaret, Manor Drive]

04 Apr 1928 St Michael's Preparatory School Lewisham Borough News
(Advert) "St Michael's Preparatory School, Hartley, Longfield, Kent - Sound education. Individual coaching for all exams. Good food and accommodation. Extensive grounds. Boarders and day boys; moderate terms."

13 Apr 1928 House for Sale Bromley & West Kent Mercury
"In own grounds, ¾ acre; 6 large rooms, brick garage, central position; buses; one mile Fawkham Station; would consider lease. Owner, Minchen Cottage, Hartley, Longfield."

20 Apr 1928 Gramophone for Sale Bromley & West Kent Mercury
"Gramophone, Cabinet, mammoth amplifier, plunger action SB, superior to the most expensive models, just completed: £10. Hear by appointment only. Blackheath Hill. Raymond Barker, Hartley, Longfield."

21 Apr 1928 Longfield Parish Council KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
At Annual Meeting they coopted Captain C Breton to a vacancy following the elections. They have requested gravel from Dartford RDC to repair the footpath from the pond to Station Road. Captain Crick said "he thought it was time the streets of the parish were publicly lighted." Complaints of 18 inches of water lying on road by Mission Room [Longfield Hill?]

04 May 1928 Cigarette Machine Vagaries Dartford Chronicle
“Alfred Caller (aged 23), of Longfield was summoned for stealing a packet of cigarettes belonging to Mr David Thomas Robertson Gray, Fairby Stores, Hartley. Mr Goff defended.

The prosecutor Gray said that packets of cigarettes had been obtained from an automatic cigarette machine at his store by the use of metal discs instead of sixpenny pieces, and he set a trap to find who was guilty of the practice. He marked a number of packets of cigarettes and placed them in the machine as a means of finding out what coins were put in the machine in exchange. He identified a packet of Players cigarettes produced as one of the packets he had put in the machine.

Mrs Gray, wife of the former witness, said she watched the machine on the Sunday evening, and on examining it first early in the evening found two sixpences, and on examining it again at 8.30 she found discs.

In answer to Mr Goff the witness said she had not seen the defendant in the shop.

Police Sergeant Nicholls said that in consequence of information received he went ot Hartley Constitutional Club on the evening of April 15th and interviewed Caller, who on being asked if he had any cigarettes on him, produced a packet of Players. Asked where he had got the packet, he replied "At the Club." The witness made enquiries and acertained that the defendant had purchased a packet of Gold Flake cigarettes at the club. Defendant then said he had got a packet of Black Cat cigarettes at the club, and the other at the Hartley Stores, having put sixpence into the machine for it. The packet was identified by Mr Gray as one of those which he had marked and put into the machine.

The defendant, in evidence, said he went to Gray's shop at 10 minutes to seven and put sixpence into the slot of the cigarette machine, and got the packet of Player's cigarettes.

The defendant was fined 20 shillings.”

05 May 1928 Local News in Brief KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
Nursing Association

8th annual meeting held at Longfield Village Hall. In last year there have been 3,255 visits and Nurse Baldwin has made 48 school visits. Subscriptions totalled £114 10s 4d.

Matthew Hannigan

"For many years the holder of an off-license in Station Road, Mr Matthew Hannigan has died in a London Hospital. About 2 years ago he moved to West Yoke and was a member of the parish council. He leaves a widow and 3 children.

Land for Houses at Longfield

"The Health committee at Dartford RDC meeting on Tuesday, reported that the sub-committee hasd purchased three-quarters of an acres of land belonging to Mr G E Edmed, with a frontage of 252ft to the main road adjoining the council's existing site, for the additons of 6 non-parlour type houss which the council has decided to build for £200. They recommended that the purchase be confirmed. The Housing Superintendent reported that he estimated the cost of the 6 houses, including drainage and land, was £2,680, and the clerk had asked the Minister of Health to sanction."

Hartley Guides

1st Hartley Troop of Girl Guides has colours dedicated at All Saints' Church.

17 May 1928 A Collision at Merton Avenue Dartford Chronicle
“William Edward Barlow, Ebbflow, Merton Avenue, Hartley, described as a watchmaker, sued William Sale or Hartley for £100 damages for personal injuries.

The case was a running down act at Longfield, the collision being between a pedal cycle and defendant's motor lorry. Plaintiff was coming out of Merton Avenue in the direction of Longfield, and came into collision with the lorry, which was going towards Hartley.

Plaintiff said on January 4th he was cycling towards Hoseland Hill on the left hand side of the road, which was quite dry. As he got to the end of the road he saw a lorry, and as he got to it it branched off from the bank. Witness had his right wrist injured, and he was off work some 3 months. In reply to Mr Goff, witness said he had done watchmaking for years, and had just done two clocks for the KEC (=Kent Education Committee?). He had earned £14 in one week. He had done road making, indeed, anything he could get.

Dr Marsden said he attended to defendant, who had a broken wrist; he had had nothing to do with him before.

William Sale described how plaintiff came into his lorry, struck the mudguard and struck the fence, and witness stopped and got out to see to plaintiff. The Avenue was not a made up road, but a landway; there was a bank 4 feet high, and a slope down to the road.

His honour gave judgement for the defendant, saying there was no evidence of neglect on behalf of defendant.”

[We have met both parties before in previous court cases.]

07 Jun 1928 Applegarth for Sale Sheffield Daily Telegraph
(Advert) "Kent - Freehold, detached modern house; 3 bedrooms, bath (h&c), 2 living rooms, scullery; co's water; garage; good outbuildings; 3 acres; suit grazier, nurseryman, kennels, poultry; RC church; Stn Fawkham - Call, write, Owner, Applegarth, Hartley near Longfield."

15 Jun 1928 A Question of Ownership Dartford Chronicle
“A question of ownership arose in a series of three cases in which Mrs Edyth Dorothy Williams, The Retreat, Longfield, sought to recover from Mr G Edmed, Stone Wood, Mr T H Strickson, New Barn, Longfield, and Mr Fortunatus Lynds, Longfield, sums of £4.10.0, £1.7.0 and £4 for flints supplied.

In the first Mr Williams, husband of the plaintiff, said he excavated some flints on his wife's property at Hartley in 1926, and in January last sold some to defendant. When the bill was sent in he received a letter from defendant from which he gathered that something had been said about the ownership of the flints. He asked Mr Edmed if someone had told him the flints were not his to sell, and he replied that they had. he made out the bill in his own name subsequently to that.

Mr Goff, for the defence, claimed that the plaintiff did not in fact sell the flints.

His honour said the evidence was unsatisfactory. The goods were said to have been sold by the plaintiff, but he was not satisfied they were, and the bill was made out in Mr Williams's name. Judgement would be for the defendant.

The defendant Strickson did not appear.

Mr Williams repeated his evidence in the last case, and replying to his Honour said the doubt as to his wife's ownership arose when someone went to see one of the purchasers of flints and said they belonged to a bank which held a mortgage.

Mr Puckridge, for plaintiff, claimed that as the flints were excavated and lying on the ground at the time the mortgage was executed, they were not affected by the mortgage.

His honour remarked that the point was open to doubt, and he would require to have it fully argued before agreeing.

In the third case Mr Puckridge, a solicitor, went into the witness box and said he acted for Mrs Williams at the purchase of the property and the execution of the mortgage. It was within his knowledge that Mr Williams did the business on behalf of his wife, and often signed his own name.

Mr Goff said Liverpool and Martins Bank, who held the mortgage, were of opinion that the case was trivial and did not wish to go on with it, but they were joined as third party. They did not wish to claim the flints sold.

Mr Lynds said he treated with mr Williams for the purchase of his flints and the bills were made out in Mr Williams's name. He had heard the property was Mrs Williams's.

Mr Puckridge said Mr Lynds had been asked if he knew he was receiving stolen property, and advised not to pay Mr Williams as he might have to pay again. He felt assured that on another occasion he would be able to convince his honour that when the flints were dug up prior to the mortgage they were separated from the freehold.

His honour said he was now satisfied that the plaintiff in the cases was the owner of the property, and in view of the fact that the bank did not make any claim for the flints sold, judgement would be against Messrs Strickson and Lynds”

[ This is a complicated county court case as to whether Bruce Williams was entitled to sell flints from land owned by his wife Edyth at Gorsewood Road and Hartley Wood. The defendants appear to be concerned that if they paid Mr Williams, they might receive another bill for the same from Mrs Williams or her mortgage lender, if they claimed her husband didn't have the right to sell them. The bank would ultimately foreclose on Mrs Williams in 1930.]

16 Jun 1928 Ex-Constable's Fine Record - Mons Hero Laid to Rest Waterford Standard
"The passing, at Ash, of Mr Matthew Hannigan, ex PC of the Kent County Constabulary and ex-Bombardier of the RFA (son of Mr James Hannigan, Spring Gardens, Waterford) will revive memories among old Dartfordians of a plucky and daring act. Iw as in the spring of 1912. The River Darent was in flood, and the culvert of the old bridge was of insufficient capacity. A boy had fallen into the torrent, and onlookers were terror stricken. A young constable rushed to the spot and, without divesting himself even of his overcoat, plunged in and rescued the boy, who in another second would have been sucked into the culvert.

A fortnight later, a pair of runaway horses attached to a van descended East Hill at a terrific speed. The High Street was crammed with traffic. With indomitable courage, and assisted by his knowledge of horses acquired during service with the RFA, the gallant young constable dashed at the maddened steeds and succeeded in pulling them up. In scene three, we see a hollow square in the police station yard formed by the whole division plus the principal townsmen and as many others as could be accommodated. The Chief Constable (Col Wrade) was present to decorate the hero with the much coveted Merit Star and present him with the Carnegie Hero Certificate and a purse. The Dartford tradesmen also publicly thanked him.

'Micky' - being the only name hundreds of his friends by which he was known - was soon stationed at Longfield, and being still on the 1st Reserve forces, was called up at the beginning of the war, and was soon one of the Old Contemptibles in the great retreat from Mons. He received a gunshot wound in the right hip, which, despite 22 visits to the operating table, eventually proved fatal. Years of continuous suffering failed to damp his spirits or even weaken his faith in an eventual cure.

A true son of Erin, possessing to a full degree the wit and humour of the race, plus the euphonic accent that somehow leads one to jovial expectancy, his presence was in great demand at social functions. For a year or two he ran an off licence business in the village, but open air occupation was found necessary, and he removed to Johnson's Farm, Ash. While there he served 3 years on Ash Parish Council, and was the chairman for 1 year. He also aspired to the Board of Guardians, but his effort in that direction failed. He served on the War Pensions Committee for a number of years, and he missed no opportunity of supporting the claims of his fellow warriors. In February last he again entered the military hospital at Roehampton, where he died on April 29th, leaving behind a widow and 3 children to mourn their loss. We offer no apology for claiming him as Longfield's 35th warrior who sacrificed his life for his country.

The body was brought in Thursday and placed in the beautiful Roman Catholic Church at Hartley. The Requiem Mass was solemnised on Friday morning. At 2.45 the cortege bore him away wrapped in the Union Jack to the Northfleet cemetery, where Fr Fitzgerald performed the last rites. The chief mourners were his widow and 2 eldest children. PS Nicholl, with PCs Brett and Tapp, accompanied the cortege as far as the war memorial. At the graveside were Supt Fowle, Sergeants Croucher and Lamming, PCs Bridges, Lamden, Kirk and others of the Dartford Division.

Wreaths and other floral tokens were sent from the following: From his surviving wife and children (Freddie, Eileen and Sheila); Mr and Mrs Hockley and family; Nurses, Staff and Patients of No 19 Ward, Queen Mary Hospital, Roehampton; A J Morton; Mrs and Miss Davies-Cooke (Worthing); Members of the Constitutional Club; Mr and Mrs Caller; Mr and Mrs Duvall; Mr and Mrs Richards; Old Friends at the Royal Oak; Chairman and Members of the Dartford and District War Pensions Committee; Friends in Ash Street."

16 Jun 1928 Mishap to Cyclist KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
"Cycling from Hartley Road into Manor Road, Longfield, on Tuesday evening, Miss Ada Elizabeth Shambrook, Fairby Cottages, Hartley, collided with a motor driven by Miss Gladys Carn of 27 Marlborough Road, Dartford. Miss Shambrook received sever head injuries, and cut knees. After medical attention, she was sent to hospital, being detained."

07 Jul 1928 Local News in Brief KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
Hartley Wedding

Picture of Miss Mabel Louise Bancks and Eric Stewart Green who wer married at All Saints' Church. Lengthy description of wedding and long list of wedding presents.

Young Readers' Birthdays

Includes William David Orpin, 10 of Berrys Maple, Ash; George Glidwell, 13 of Yew Cottage, Hartley Green.

20 Jul 1928 WI Show Kent & Sussex Courier
Mrs Robertson wins runner up prizes at West Kent WI show for Redcurrants and Sweet Peas

21 Jul 1928 Poultry Show Success Folkestone Herald
Campkin Brothers win prizes for poultry at Kent County Show

04 Aug 1928 Local News in Brief KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
Cook Wanted

"Cook, wages £40 to £45; two in family; two other maids kept and help given - Mrs Crofton, Middle Farm, Hartley."

District Medical Officer

Resignation of Dr Hugh Beadles, Medical Officer and Public Vaccinator for Hartley District. To be replaced by Dr A Marsden if Minister approves.

25 Aug 1928 Edenbridge Fanciers Westerham Herald
B Alexander of Longfield (=Hartley) wins 1st prize for Tans, any colour (rabbits)

25 Aug 1928 Local News in Brief KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
Longfield Scouts

Cub pack formed under Mr Newcombe of Hartley.

08 Sep 1928 Local News in Brief KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
Longfield Parish Council

(1) Mr Latter said he would repair the footpath from the pond to Station Road as soon as he has finished carting bricks ofr the house he is building there. (2) Service Garage has written to stay they would stand guarantor for electricity coming to Longfield if necessary. (3) Sumphole in Hartley Road nearly always blocked.

Longfield House for Sale

"Longfield Hill... Fawkham Railway Station 1½ miles. Freehold, Longfield House, situate near the Green Man Inn and containing 6 rooms and offices, decontrolled and let on a weekly tenancy at 20s per week; also stabling, cart shed, and land in hand with vacant possession. Also main road sites, frontages 50 feet, depth 150ft. Company's water. To be sold by auction in lots by Messrs Dann & Lucas on Wednesday 26th September 1928 at 3pm precisely at the Masonic Hall, Wrotham Road, Gravesend...."

15 Sep 1928 Local News in Brief KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
Scouts in Camp

"A rally of scouts and cubs from the Gravesend District, including the 1st, 4th, 7th, 10th and 12th Gravesend, the 1st Northfleet, the 1st Swanscombe, the 1st Longfield, the 1st Hartley, spent a happy weekend at camp at Hartley from Friday to Sunday. An impromptu display on Saturday attracted many visitors, and the boys showed skill in knot tying and in managing a trek cart. The wolf cubs (10th and 12th Gravesend) gave interesting jungle dances, and a comic football match in novel costumes provoked much amusement. Later visitors were permitted to share in an hour around the camp fire and thoroughly enjoyed the singsong. On Sunday the Scouts' own service was held. The scouts and cubs renewed their promise. Hartley and District Band played selections and accompanied the hymns, and scoutmasters Delf, Hale and Pickering took part, the Rev F C Montgomery giving a short address. Scoutmaster PIckering thanked Mr Montgomery and Mr Hedley Symons for lending the site. Scoutmaster Delf spoke of the success of the camp."

Musical Society

Annual meeting of Hartley Musical Society held in Schoolroom, Mr W H Chisholm re-elected as hon conductor.

22 Sep 1928 Local News in Brief KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
Servant Wanted

"Wanted good girl to sleep in; must be clean and good worker; wages 14s weekly; insurance paid; Homefield, Ash Road, Hartley…"

Congregational Church

Sunday School Children entertained to tea and games in Hedley Symons's field on Saturday. Harvest festival on Sunday, gifts taken to Gravesend Hospital.

29 Sep 1928 Local News in Brief KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
Hartley Parish Meeting

(1) They ask Dartford RDC to tar pave St John;s Lane; (2) Committee appointed to consider issue of unburnable rubbish.


"The first meeting of the Society of Friends was held in the [Hartley] WI Hall on Sunday morning."

Longfield Parish Council

(1) Pond - Station Road footpath repaired but Mr Latter said that cyclists are using and cutting the gravel out of the middle. Police to be asked to monitor. (2) West Kent Electric Co said too expensive to lay mains to Longfield at present.

Price of a House

Solicitors for Miss Cox told Dartford RDC the bungalow built for her in the Drive, New Barn was not £675 but £550 for house and site, £50 for legal costs and £75 for additional land, want council therefore to apply for housing subsidy, Council told them to do it themselves.

27 Oct 1928 Loft Tragedy at Longfield KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
"The County Coroner (Mr H B Sewell) sat with a jury on Friday at Longfield, to inquire into the death of Albert Foster, 21, who was found hanged on Wednesday. Mr W Leeves was foreman of the jury.

John Foster, St John's Villas, Station Road, Longfield, farmer and contractor, father of deceased, said his son wsa employed by him as an agricultural worker and horse driver. On Tuesday he seemed to be alright, but complained of his head. He arose at 5.30am, his usual time, on Wednesday and went out to attend to his horses. He went indoors at 6am for some tea, and then went out to the stables again at 6.30am. They missed him, and after searching, found him in the loft over the slaughter house, hanging. He had not mentioned suicide. 3 years ago he cut his head, and witness wondered if that was anything to do with the tragedy. Deceased ha no troubles, and was a good sober worker. Edward Foster, a brother of the deceased, said he had not noticed anything strange about him and deceased had not complained of his head to witness. Dr A W Marsden of Hartley, said that when he arrived at 10.30am deceased had been dead 3 to 4 hours. Death was due to hanging.

The coroner said from the evidence deceased had a sudden impulse to hang himself. He had complained of his head the day before. The coroner instructed the jury to return a verdict of 'Suicide whilst of unsound mind.' The foreman of the jury expressed sympathy with the bereaved parents, and the coroner associated himself with the remarks."

03 Nov 1928 Local News in Brief KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
The Hartley Players Amuse Village Audience

Favourable review of permformance of "Her husband's wife" at the Constitutional Hall. Stars were Joyce Roper, May Symons, J A O'Brien, Robert Hale and Dorothy Dodd.

Foot and Mouth Disease

Hartley, Longfield, Ash and Ridley not part of area of restrictions that affect much of the Dartford Petty Sessional area.

17 Nov 1928 Local News in Brief KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
Hartley War Memorial

Picture of memorial with the emblems of Faith, Hope, and Charity composed of hundreds of coloured flowers by Captain Webster.

Young Readers' Birthdays

Includes Ivy Ethel Banks of Goldsmith's Cottages, Hartley Bottom, age 7.

24 Nov 1928 Pigs for Sale KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
(Advert) "For sale - 2 middle white sows, 14 months old, also 3 stores - Pimm, Glenholm, Hartley, Longfield."

28 Nov 1928 Seek Position Times
Mr Wilkins, male cook to Morgans seeks position

01 Dec 1928 Local News in Brief KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
Pigs for Sale

10 month old boar, middle white for sale, Tate, Amphion, Hartley.

Piano for Sale

Mrs Stratton, Manor Drive Cottage has piano for sale, cost £45 for £18. Tel Longfield 62.

22 Dec 1928 Hartley Liberals - Prospective Candidate's Address to New Association KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
"The newly formed Hartley and District Liberal Association held its first meeting at the WI Hall on Saturday. Before the formal business, the Chairman, Mr F W Tate, alluded to the illness of the king, and the National Anthem was sung. In calling upon Mr A W Webster, Chairman of the Chislehurst Division Liberal Executive, Mr Tate remarked that Hartley's liberals had paid the local conservatives the compliment of imitation, and had set up an association for the advancement of their views in the locality....." Lenghty description of speeches by Mr Webster and prospective Liberal candidate J D Bateman. The latter spoke against protectionism or "safeguarding" as the Conservatives call it. A vote of thanks to the visitors was proposed by Mr Crook and seconded by Mr A H Edward.

Schoolchildren's Entertainment

"The schoolchildren of Hartley School gave three short plays in the Constitutional Hall on Friday evening...." Details of the plays and performers.

29 Dec 1928 Local News in Brief KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
Longfield's Loss

"The death occurred on Monday, at Elm Cottage, Essex Road, or Mr William Crouch, aged 52, he has resided in the village all his life, and for 35 years was employed in the Post Office at Hartley. For nearly 2 years he had been in ill health, which caused his retirement. He was a member of the parish council for 3 years...."

Old Resident's Death

Mr Thomas Saxby, 68, of St George's Cottages, Whitehill, wh had lived in the village all his life, has also passed away after a long illness. He was formerly employed by the Dartford Rural Council." Details of funeral.

'Raffles' well produced by Hartley Players

Favourable review of performance at the Constitutional Hall. Actors mentioned were Blanche Curwen, May Symons, Lulu Green, Mary Beadles and Bernadette Darling (first appearences for these two), Charles Bignell, Hugh S Beadles, J A O'Brien (who played title role), Robert Hales, Oliver Beadles, Eric Green, George Oldrey, R Cheesman and J C Boulger.

05 Jan 1929 Local News in Brief KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
St Michael's School

(advert) "Boys pepared for Navy and Public Schools. Great successin scholarships. Excellent diet. Individual attention. Headmaster E Costello-Wren."

[Edmund Costello Wren (d 1969) held a number of assistant masterships from 1915 to 1927. It seems an inheritance allowed him to buy a school and from 1927-1930 he was principal of St Michael's School before becoming principal of Denham Lodge, Uxbridge from 1930-1937]

Longfield Parish Council

(1) Southern Railway have been asked by Dartford RDC to repair Station Road; (2) Fencing at Whitehill Road allotments complted; (3) Land between Martins Bank and Service Garage [where telephone exchange is now] belongs to Sir T Colyer-Fergusson and he is OK with removing tree stumps; (4) Problem with dangerous stopping places for buses in Hartley Road.

19 Jan 1929 Proposal to ban HGVs Kentish Gazette
Proposal to ban HGVs from following roads: (33) Pettings Road from Ridley-Ash Road at Berry's Maple via Pettings and Gorse Farm to its junction with the Gravesend-Wrotham Road at the milestone, Gravesend 8, including the branch, Rosemary Lane to its junction with the Ridley - South Street Road

(34) Hartley Bottom from the Longfield - Meopham Road ¼ mile west of the Green Man public house, Longfield Hill, to its junction with the Ridley - Ash road at Berry's Maple

(38) Scudders Hill from the Swanscombe - Fawkham main road to its junction with the Fawkham Green - Horton Kirby Road

(39) Woodsall Lane [=Manor Lane, Fawkham] from the Swanscombe - Fawkham Green road at Court Lodge to its junction with the Ash - Longfield road

(40) Stack Lane [=Grange Lane] from the Longfield Hill - Stansted Road via Foxborough Wood to its junction with Hartley Hill south of All Saints Church.

(41) Road from Fawkham - Betsham road to its junction with the Longfield - Hartley road at Hartley Green [Castle Hill]

(42) Road from the Longfield - Hartley road one furlong north of the School at Hartley Green via All Saints' Church and Hartley Hill to its junction with the Hartley - Ash road at Turners Oak Shaw [Church Road]

(44) Crowhurst Lane from the Fawkham Green - Ash Road to its junction with the London - Folkestone road near Kingsdown."

Ministry of Transport Enquiry (Kent Messenger 16.2.1929) Mid Kent Water ask for an exemption for their vehicles which the County Council was prepared to agree to. "Among the scheduled reoad which the inspector had before him on Wednesday was that from the Longfield Hartley road, via All Saints' church and Hartley Hill to its junction with the Hartley-Ash Road. Mr C H Webb, Engineer and Surveyor ot the Dartford Rural Council, said the road had a large number of dangerous bends. The Inspector remarked that he found on this road notices purporting to to be with the authority of the ministry. Mr webb explained that there had been a mistake, and he had had the notices removed."

19 Jan 1929 Local News in Brief KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
Hartley Parish Meeting

(1) Concerns about delay in getting electricity. West Kent Electric Company say they are working in Sevenoaks at present; (2) As there had been problems of tins and bottles littering the countryside, a sub-committee suggested a scheme to collect unburnable rubbish at 6d per barrow load. However as meeting didn't want any loss to be paid for by the rates, the committee chairman said it would be impossible to proceed; (3) St John's Lane repaired promptly after previous complaint; (4) Complaints over bus stop being just below the Railway Bridge.

Hartley Band

"Members and friends of the Hartley and District Band gathered at the Black Lion last Thursday for a substantial meal, prepared by Mr Charles English. The loyal toast, proposed by the conductor, Mr T F Tate, was honoured, and that of the band was given by Mr Tom Rose. In reply, the Conductor congratulated the Band on its progress and stressed the need for earnest effort to improve the standard of performance. The soloists including: Messrs G F Oldrey, J Pankhurst, T Pepper, R Whitmore and H Bentley."

26 Jan 1929 Land for Sale at Church Road KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
"Freehold land, 3 acre plot £200 and 3½ acre plot £235 for sale. Excellent situation opposite Hartley Church. Road frontage and water supply, one mile from Fawkham Station, bus service, 25% cash secures. Balance easy payment. Apply Woodward, Manor Farm Lodge, Longfield, Kent. Telephone Longfield 37."

02 Feb 1929 Local News in Brief KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
Telegraph Lines

Post Office to place lines along Hartley Hill to New House Farm.

09 Feb 1929 Longfield and Fire Brigade Services KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
"Should Longfield, for the levy of a penny rate, have increased services for fighting fires? This was the question before the parish council at the monthly meeting on Tuesday. The Chairman (Mr W Foster) and Capt Breton had attended a conference at Horton Kirby and the latter stated that Horton Kirby had purchased a £500 fire engine and the yearly upkeep of it would be about £40. It was proposed that this cost should be spread over the 5 parishes which attended, and nothing would be asked for the initial cost. That scheme was abolished, and later it was decided to invite the whole 15 parishes in the rural district to attend. A sub-committee recommended that 4 brigades be formed, with stations at Eynsford, Horton Kirby, Darenth and Sutton. They would want three 260 gallon engines. The total cost of £4,050 was made up as follows: Three engines at £600 each, hoses etc £500, and the upkeep of 4 brigades £350 each for 5 years. A penny rate would produce £860, and in 5 years this would almost amount to £4,300 leaving a blane of £250. The matter was referred to the Dartford Rural Council 'for their favourable consideration.'

The chairman said that in the first suggestion they wanted all the parishes to have a sub-station like Longfield's, bu tin the estimates they only allowed for the cost of the engines and the upkeep. Would the penny rate include the sub-fire stations? He did not think it would. Stone and Darenth were against it, and he thougt it would pay to be quite until they heard from the Rural Council. Capt Breton said many men were retiring from the Metropolitan brigades, and on the slightest excuse the Ministry of Health would push them into the job, as occurred at Bromley. On the proposition of the Rev E Smith, seconded by Capt Crick, it was agreed to seek the advice of the Rural Council."

Meeting also discussed bus stops, Maidstone and District said their buses would stop at the Railway Tavern for the station. Enterprise motor Services promised their buses would stop at the Station. Meeting was particularly annoyed at Hartley's intervention on this subject.

23 Feb 1929 Local News in Brief KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
Women's Constitutional Association // 40 attend annual meeting. They have 220 members [this is a Conservative Party group]

16 Mar 1929 Australorp Eggs South Gloucestershire Gazette
(Advert) "Australorps First, Special, Second Place, two firsts, two specials, Hereford 1928. Pens selected by Professor Thompson and imported 1926, 1927. Sittings 10/-, 15/- Chicks double - Vassie, Prize Poultry Farm, Hartley, Longfield, Kent.

[Australorps were a breed of chicken from Australia found to be an excellent layer, which led to them quickly gaining popularity in the 1920s.]

16 Mar 1929 Longfield's Rector Retiring after 35 Years KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
"The Rev Edward Smith MA, Rector of Longfield, announces that, after careful thought, he has decided to ask the Bishop to relieve him of his duties. Mr Smith, who has been Rector at Longfield for 35 years. In 1925 celebrated the 50th anniversary of his entry into the ministry. Born at Newark, graduated at Queen's College, Oxford, he was ordained at Lichfield, and came into Kent 46 years ago. He was formerly at St Mary's Gillingham. Representing Hartley, he sat on the Dartford Board of Guardians for many years, and for a long period he was Assistant Inspector of Religion in Elementary Schools."

13 Apr 1929 Local News in Brief KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
Hartley Parish Meeting

(1) Bus stop to be fixed near the Longfield Station Steps after consultations between Dartford RDC and the Police; (2) Hartley against the idea of District Fire Brigade. County Councillor Day thought engines may well get here quicker from Dartford than Horton Kirby. Mr Symons said a lady who called the brigade to deal with a grass fire got a bill for £10; Cllr Day said people who called are the ones who are billed. Instead they will look at chemical fire extinguishers.; (3) Request to Southern Railway for an additional London train midway through current 5 hour gap.

20 Apr 1929 Local News in Brief KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
Hartley Players

Favourable review of 'The Man from Toronto' at the Constitutional Hall. Stars wwere May Symons, Charles Bignell, Robert Hale.

27 Apr 1929 X Ray Martyr: Doctor Lost Finger Perth Daily News (Australia)
"Dr Lionel Sells, the X-Ray expert, died in St Thomas's Hospital, London, recently, at the age of 52. X-Ray sarcoma was the cause, says a recent 'London Sunday News.'

Dr Sells, who lived at Longfield, Fawkham, Kent, lost several of his fingers on either hand as a result of his x-ray work. He commenced his duties at St Thomas's hospital, and later went as a clinical assistant to the Royal Eye Hospital, Southwark.

In the South African War he was attached to the Royal Army Medical Corps as an X-ray expert. For that work he received the Queen's medal and three clasps and the king's medal and 2 clasps.

For his extensive work as medical officer during an investigateion regarding sleeping sickness, he was thanked by the Ugandan Government."

27 Apr 1929 Local News in Brief KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
Hartley Vestry Meeting

The £400 cost of dilapidations on the Rectory has been met, half from Queen Anne's Bounty, £30 from diocese rest from parish and Rev Bancks's personal contribution.

Death of Oldest Inhabitant

"The funeral took place on Saturday of Mr Henry Oliver of West Yoke, the oldest inhabitant of the village, who died in his 90th year. His family has lived in the village for 200 years. He was born in West Yoke and all his life was spent there. 'Oliver's Farm' was in possession of the family for many years, and the Oliver family owned the forge and wheelwright's shop, the butcher's shop and general stores. The latter was long kept by Mr Oliver. Mr and Mrs Oliver celebrated their diamond wedding in 1927. Deceased was for many years a bellringer at the church." List of chief mourners, inlcuded daughter Mrs W Goodwin of Hartley.

Ash Parish Council

(1) Concerns raised by Mr Goodwin about new concrete ponds contructed by Dartford RDC at North Ash and Idleigh. Ponds were deep and a danger to children or animals, recently a dog had to be rescued from one. They will ask DRDC to make them safer; (2) Rector asked for improvements in footpath from The Street to North Ash, so schoolchildren could go that way rather than the dangerous road "as there was so much motor traffic." (3) Seems that Ash only recently had a parish council as members seem confused as to the powers of the Parish Meeting.

04 May 1929 Local News in Brief KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
Hartley Cricket Club

"A new asset to the Hartley Club is the pavilion, secured by enthusiastic efforts in organising a whist drive….. H Goodwin succeeds H Day as captain, and the last mentioned is vice captain. Mr h Sims is continuing in teh office of hon. secretary and treasurer...."

[This is probably the building marked on the 1938 OS map about where Milestone school is today]

Car for Sale

"Swift 1922 4 seater tourer, 11.9hp; tax paid to end of 1929; electric L and S, first class running order, £50 - Apply E Harry, Hartley Grange, Longfield, Kent. Phone Longfield 15.

11 May 1929 Local News in Brief KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
Cycling Accident

"Judgement was given for William Sale, a lorry driver, in an action brought against him at the Dartford County Court, on Thursday, by William Edward Barlow, Ebb Flow, Merton Avenue, a cyclist, who claimed damages alleged to have arisen from a road accident."

Longfield, Hartley and Darenth Nursing Association

Annual meeting. In 1928 nurses had dealt with 57 midwifery and maternity cases, compared with 45 in 1927. They also attended 158 other cases and paid 3,716 visits, in all 4,148 hours on duty. Nurse Baldwin had also made 52 school visits. Bean has been temporarily added to the area.

House for Sale

"Meru, Church Road, Hartley, Kent, about ¾ mile from Fawkham Station. Messrs Philip Champion & Sons have received instructions to sell by auction at the Royal Victoria and Bull Hotel, Dartford, on Tuesday 28th May 1929, at 3pm, as a whole or in lots, the freehold country residence and poultry known as Meru, Church Road [= Johns, Johns Close]. Comprising a conveniently sized modern house with 3 bedrooms, 3 reception rooms, bathroom etc. In all 5a 0r 28p. Five roomed cottage and garage. Also 275 feet of valuable building land in Church Road...."

Longfield Parish Council

(1) PC still angry about bus stop for Hartley bus passengers in Hartley Road. They think it is dangerous and Mr Hickmott had asked for a board [bus stop?] to be removed from his land; (2) Owner of The Yews told they had built a fence across a bridle way.

25 May 1929 Local News in Brief KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
Congregational Church Sunday School

Celebrated its second anniversary with performance of Red Riding Hood, with Evelyn Day in the starring role. List of other performers.

10 Nov 1929 Reduced to Ashes after Escape of Three Occupants Sunday Mirror
“Three people had a narrow escape when a house almost entirely built of wood was reduced to ashes by fire yesterday morning.

The house was occupied by Captain Flear, headmaster of St Michael's School, Hartley (Kent) who was awakened by smoke and fumes to find the house already ablaze. He immediately warned two members of the school staff sleeping in the house and the three made a hurried exit. In a short time nothing remained but two brick built fireplaces and chimneys and a heap of ashes.

[ The St Michael's School referred to was probably the future RC School in Woodland Avenue, which was a private school before the nuns from Alderney took it over during the war.

Captain Walter Howard Flear (1894-1951) had only become headmaster in 1929, having been an assistant master in Gunnersbury Preparatory School from 1921-1929. He was awarded the military cross in WW1 for "conspicuous gallantry in action. Although himself wounded he succeeded in rescuing another wounded officer and in crossing 150 yards of open ground under heavy fire with a water carrying company" (London Gazette 13.2.1917). The London Gazette of 1.5.1928 records that he retired from the East Staffs regiment and was paid a gratuity, so he may have used that to buy the school in Hartley.]

08 Jun 1929 Local News in Brief KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
Longfield Parish Council

(1) Disagreement as to whether a bridle path existed on north boundary of parish; (2) Dartford RDC have repaired footpath on Hartley Road. "Later it would be kerbed and continued up Hoselands Hill." Bus stop on Hartley Road moved a little, PC see it as an improvement but still think it's dangerous.

Who, or What Won the War?

Two letters from Hartley residents further to the recent election meeting, where the Conservative candidate Sir Waldron Smithers claimed that Lloyd-George's contribution to the war effort had been overstated. Mr A E Edward of Meadcot, Ash Road said "Those of us who were in France in the early days of the war, when the Germans were putting over 10 shells to our one, need not share Mr Smithers' opinion of the man who organised our munition output in 1915 and onwards..." Mr F W Tate of Amphion, Ash Road also objected to the comments and explained why he was voting Liberal "Between the weakness of the Baldwin government and the frenzy of the Labour party, Liberalism offered, in my judgement, a programme of national development that would, in its stride, reduce the grave evil of unemployment. I therefore put my personal views aside and worked for Liberalism..."

15 Jun 1929 Trucks on Fire KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
"Minor excitement was caused at Fawkham Station on Tuesday, when 3 trucks loaded with rubbish caught fire. It was speedily extinguished and little damage was done."

13 Jul 1929 Cooperation In Education - Parents' Meeting at St Michael's School, Hartley KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
"St Michael's School, Hartley, held its first parents' meeting on Friday. The headmaster (Capt W H Flear MC) said the education of the boys was a matter of supreme importance and time spent in the interchange of views and information was well spent if it led to closer cooperation in this work.

Mr F V Smith MC, headmaster of Gunnersbury Preparatory school, said that it was one of the functions of education to train a boy to take his place as a member of a community; at parents' meetings individual prefernce should be subordinated to common interests; the headmaster's study was the place for the discussion of the needs of particular boys. Every parent should have a private interview with the headmaster at least once in every term; knowledge of even the smaller details of a boy's life was of great value to a headmaster. Mr Smith then spoke of some of the difficulties which faced a headmaster and of some of the ways in which parents could help him and his staff. He hoped that parents would go at once to the headmaster should they feel that they had a grievance; he would always be glad to explain a misunderstanding or to have an opportunity to put things righ. Attendance at school functions, matches and practice games would encourage the school and would, moreover, give parents and their boys added mutual interests. Strict adherence to the school uniform was in the interests of the school and of the individual boy as a member of it.

Capt Flear thanked parents for not having worried him during his first and somewhat difficult term. He hoped that they would now begin to worry him. The meeting concluded with a call for volunteers to play for the parents in a cricket match against the boys."

13 Jul 1929 Local News in Brief KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
Hartley Parish Meeting

(1) Southern Railway have added a train from London to Longfield on Sunday evenings; (2) Mid Kent Water laying larger mains along Church Road, so meeting to ask Dartford RDC to install hydrants at the top of Hartley Hill and by the RC Church. They also ask for 2 chemical extinguishers for general use on Ash Road and Church Road; (3) They will open a testimonial fund for Rev E Smith of Longfield who is retiring but used to be Hartley's district councillor; (4) A number of questions about recent rates reassessment.

Ash Parish Council

(1) Concerns nothing has been done by Dartford RDC about dangerous cement ponds; (2) West Yoke road to be resurfaced and PC to ask for repairs to road at Pettings; (3) Complaints that privately owned Forge Cottages drain into council estate cesspool. Reply from Fred Goodwin was this was in return for the owner Mr Day giving land for access. Rev Hennell complained about the contruction of the new group of council cottages [not sure why], Mr F Goodwin thought in a large parish like Ash they needn't have been bunched into one space.

20 Jul 1929 Local News in Brief KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
Boy Injured

"Riding a motorcycle in Hartley Bottom, near Red Cow Farm, on Saturday, Mr W G Brooker, of Stansted ran into a boy on a cycle. The boy was taken to Gravesend Hospital and detained, suffering from severe cuts to the head. Dr Hsler treated Mr Brooker for cuts on the face and hands."

Dartford Rover Scouts

To hold training camp in Hartley Woods.

Longfield's Rector Retires after 35 Years

"This Sunday is an eventful day for Longfield, eventful in the sense htat after shepherding the parish for the long period of 35 years, the Rev Edward Smith MA (pictured) retires as rector of Longfield on Thursday. It is a remarkable record, not merely of residence, but of devoted service to the interests of the Church, the people and the parish. The Bishop of Rocheser is paying Mr Smith the signal honour of coming to preasch on Sunday evening - the last Sunday on which Mr Smith officiates as Rector. As he will reside at Hextable, near Swanley, happily he will still be a near neighbour of hte people who have known and loved him for long years, and probably now and again he may be able to assit in some way his successor, Rev R F Galer.

Mr Smith has been for no fewer than 54 years in the ministry. He was born at Newark, graduated at Queen's College, Oxford, was ordained at Lichfield, and came into Kent 46 years ago. He held a curacy for 10 years at St Mary's Gillingham, before being appointed to the rectorship of Longfield. He married in 1885 Miss Rose C Grain, eldest daughter of the late Major-General Grain RE, and has 4 sons and a daughter.

As representing Hartley, Mr Smith sat for some 30 years on the Dartford Board of Guardians (he was chairman for 3 years), and is now a member of the Longfield Parish Council. For over 30 years he acted as Assistant Inspector of Religion in Elementary Schools, and for over 30 years he has been one of the chaplains of the Lay Readers' Association. Therefore, not merely as Rector, but in an officila way Mr Smith has, with unswerving zeal and ability, devoted the best of his days to the spirtual and general well being of the people of the district. In a residence of Longfield for 35 years, he has seen many changes in the parish, not the least of which has been its development as a residential district.

On Thursday evening at the Rectory, on behalf of the congregation and friends, Mr A W Cromar (people's warden) presented the Rector with an illuminated address and a cheque for £62 16s; and Mrs Smith with a nest of mahogany tables, in token of goodwill and esteem. On Sunday the Rector and Mrs Smith were the recipients of farewell gifts from the members of the Sunday School."

House to let

5 room plus bathroom semi-detached house at Hartley, 7 minutes from station to be let on lease at £55 per annum. Keys from Mr Nairn, Church Road.

27 Jul 1929 Local News in Brief KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
Unlawful Possession of Revolvers - Hartley Man fined £5

"William Edward Barlow, Nil Desperandum, Hartley, was fined £5 at Dartford Police Court on Friday for being in unlawful possession of two revolvers.

Last year Barlow, who has a wife and 7 children, was given notice to quit the shack Ebb Flow, Merton Avenue, Hartley. This he failed to do and was fined 40s. Barlow then raised the pleas that the building did not come within either the sanitary or building bye laws, but the objection was overrruled. Mr R V Sargent, Sanitary Inspector ot the Rural Council said that on 24th June he carried out an eviction order, which had been confirmed by the ministry of health at defendant's premises, and found 2 revolvers in a bookcase. Sergeant Nichols stated that when he asked defendant if he had a license for the firearms, he replied, 'No, I did not know they were there, someone must have put them there.' Defendant left court on a bicycle with the summons between his teeth."

Farming Stock for Sale

"For sale - cob, van, trap, harness, plough, harrow, brake, balker; reasonable; reason for selling giving up market gardening. G M Wood, Hatchlands [Now Blue Firs, Church Road], Hartley, Longfield."

03 Aug 1929 Local News in Brief KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
Rover Training Camp

(Dartford Scouts) "The 4th of the series was held last weekend on the outskirts of a wood; almost opposite the Oratory of St Francis, at Hartley. The lay of the tents was well arranged, and the timetable set out in a workmanlike and orderly way. The first session (Saturday night) dealt with splicing and lashing. This was followed by 'camp fire'. On Sunday morning, after inspection, day break and prayers, ASM Kircher was invested as a Rover. The morning session ook the form of a ramble with a naturalist."

Strange Hartley Business Arrangement

(Dartford Magistrates Court) "Charles Alfred Pocock, 3 The Green, Meopham, summoned Thomas Doughty, butcher of Hartley for £6 wages. Complainant, a butcher's assistant, stated that defendant purchased the business on 1st July. Witness was employed by the former owner at £3 per week. Witness hoped to stay on at the same pay. On 6th July, defendant told witness he would no longer require his services. He was claiming a week's wages and a week's wages in lieu of notice. Witness admitted there was no contract between him and defendant. The case was dismissed, defendant's application for costs being refused."

10 Aug 1929 Local News in Brief KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
St Michael's School, Hartley, Longfield Kent

(advert) "Captain W H Flear MC (formerly assistant master Gunnersbury Preparatory School). Prepares boys between the ages of 5½ and 14½ for scholarships and entrance to the Public Schools and the Royal Navy. Prospectus on application. Telephone Longfield 114. Omnibus services from Dartford and Gravesend."

Light for Longfield

Longfield Parish Council meeting. (1) "The West Kent Electric Company wrote that a scheme for general electrification of the south east portion of Kent had received the authorisation of the Board, and, subject to the necessary consents and wayleaves etc being negotiated, it was anticipated that the supply would reach Longfield about the middle of next year." PC to offer any assistance possible. (2) "Mr G E Holmes wrote that the manager of the Dartford Branch of the South Suburban Gas Co had told him that the Gas Co. were laying their mains at Lanes End, and they hoped to have the supply in Longfield by the autumn. The Gas Co wrote that it would be some time before mains could be laid in Longfield, but they would inform the council when a decision had been reached. (3) Dartford RDC plan to build 36 council houses at Longfield and Longfield Hill, 24 of the cheapest type, 6 parlour and 6 non-parlour type. (4) White lines have been painted on road at New Barn Hill.

14 Sep 1929 Pretty Presentation for Gravesend Hospital KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
"Amid ideal surroundings in the grounds of 'Tree Tops' [Fairby Lane], fairies and gnomes held gay revel on Saturday afternoon while more than 200 people listened and applauded. Mrs Witt had adapted the fairy story of 'Tim Tom Tot, Nimmy Nimmy Not' to suit her small performers and the effect was charming.

The scene opened with a prologue by the Rev Snookums (Lorna Mee), while a girl Dulcibella (Edna Mee) was seen reading the fairy story of Nimmy Nimmy Not. The second scene showed Goldenhair's mother (Tonia Bignell) seated at her spinning wheel, and talking to her black cat (Jessie Spencer). The king (Gladys Parkin) entered, seeking as his bride a girl who was able to spin, and was told by Goldenhair's mother that her daughter Goldenhair (Sheila Witt) was a wonderful spinner of wool. Goldenhair was hindered by Tim Tom Tot (Patricia Bignell) and helped by the fairies Queen Mah (Joy Webb), Fairy Pit a Pat (Gillian Bignell), Fairy Toddler (June Witt), Fairy Sunbeam (Rosemary Wakeford), Fairy Dewdrop (Joan Hicks), Fairy Twinnies (Stella and Ida Keen), Fairy Rainbow (Lorna Mee), Fairy Moonbeam (Patricia Humphreys), Fairy Brighteyes (Doreen Hill), Fairy Twinkletoes (Jean Glenday), who spun the wool for her. She was married to the king and the fairies danced at her wedding. Queen Mab and several of the fairies delighted the audience with solo dances, afterwards making a bridal archway of silver bells for the happy pair to walk through. This was a very effective and artistic scene.

The whol company performed with remarkable ability, and at the close each performer was presented with a bunch of flowers and a box of chocolates, while Mrs Witt was given a bouquet of crimson carnations. Teas were served on the lawn, and there were various sideshows and competitions. Captain Webster was an arresting figure as an Indian Fakir and extracted further contributions for the funds of Gravesend Hospital, for which the whole entertainment had been organised."

28 Sep 1929 County Produce Show KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
25th annual produce show under the auspices of the Kent Educational Committee, held at Canterbury. Campkin Brothers of Hartley come second in the hens' or pullet eggs brown category. L Hales of Hartley wins 2nd in the Bramley Apples category.

05 Oct 1929 Ellerbys Contractors KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
(Advert) "Autumn ploughing etc; work wanted for new international tractor; ploughing from 15s per acre; broadsharing 5s; 15 mile radius - C Ellerby, Hartley, Longfield."

12 Oct 1929 Local News in Brief KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
Hartley Parish Meeting

Held for the first time in the WI Hall. (1) They welcomed news that Hartley is in area to be supplied by electricity but weren't happy with the 1931 target date [Actually it was 1932]. They are interested in asking the South Suburban Gas Co to lay mains to Hartley. (2) The requested hydrants in Church Road have been installed, but not the chemical extinguishers. (3) More complaints about recent rate assessments. (4) "A discussion on an unwholesome method of cleaning a pond, which resulted in a deposit of evil smelling mud along the roadside, ended in the chairman receiving instructions to send a complaint to the District Council, in the hope of preventing a repetition of the trouble."

19 Oct 1929 Local News in Brief KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
Ash Parish Council

(1) Council oppose Dartford RDC's plans to build more council cottages at Ash, although it seems some members thought more were needed at Hodsoll Street. (2) Dartford RDC to be asked to repair road surface at Haven Hill. Water not draining away properly on road to West Yoke. (3) Cllr Goodwin said Ash should have a Remembrance Day service like most others do. Cllr Edwards said a lot of Ash people go to the Hartley service. The rector to be asked to organise one.

Harvest Festival Services

"were held at the Parish Church on Sunday. The church had been tastefully decorated by Mesdames Andrus, Chisholm, Elliott, Wakeford, Miss Chisholm, Green and Robertson. The lay reader, Mr J Wells Thatcher preached in the morning and the vicar (sic) (Rev G W Bancks MA) in the evening. West's anthem 'Father of mercies' was sung by the choir, the solo being taken by Master Worsley, treble, from Rochester Cathedral. Mr Crol Worsley's fine tenor voice was heard to great advantage in the duet with his son 'My song shall be always Thy mercy,' from Mendelssohn's Hymn of Praise. Mr W H Chisholm was at the organ. Fruit and flowers were sent to the Livingstone Hospital, Dartford and the collection was for the churchyard fund."

Longfield Chauffeur's Suit

"On Monday in the Divorce Court, the president heard the undefended petition of Alfred George White, chauffeur of Hartley, Longfield, for a divorce against his wife Ellen L White on the ground of her adultery with Jack Smith. Petitioner married respondent in October 1921, and there was no issue. In 1924 respondent worked at Ramsgate for the summer and corespondent went there too. Petitioner suspected nothing. ON petitioner's return on December 31st 1925, he found his wife gone and a note left for him saying she was going away with Jack Smith. Evidence was given and his lordship granted petitioner a decree nisi with costs."

Kent Wills

"Mr Edgar Richard Taylor of Ashcroft, Hartley Hill, Longfield, who died on the 17th September, aged 78, left gross estate of the value of £1,570 with net personality of £152. Mr E F Taylor of 20 Long Lane, Croydon, insurance official, son; and Miss J E Taylor of 29 Drayton Road, Tottenham, daughter are the executors."

26 Oct 1929 Local News in Brief KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
Ladies help Gravesend and North Kent Hospital

Annual meeting of Ladies' Association, president Mrs R H Foa. "Hartley's distinction - Mrs Foa impressed on the gathering the needs of the hospital in the surrounding districts, and said that Hartley was the only village that subscribed annually in addition to the Christmas Collection. Many of them did nothing but expect help from the hospital......"

02 Nov 1929 Local News in Brief KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
Properties for Sale

(Advert - Porter Putt and Fletcher) "Hartley - freehold bungalow residence known as Hartley Manor Cottage, containing entrance hall, reception room, kitchen, 3 bedrooms, bathroom (h&c), wc, standing in about 4½ acres. Built in garage, which could easily be converted into 2 additonal rooms. Large outbuildings."

"Longfield - freehold house known as Lyndhurst, containing 2 reception rooms, 3 bedrooms, bathroom (h&c), good kitchen accommodation. Good garden in the rear with heated greenhouses."

Hartley Cricket Club

34 attend 3rd annual dinner presided over by Brig-Gen T A Andrus at Black Lion Club Room. He said in the last season they won 11 lost 12, some narrowly. "Thanks to the efforts of members, the club was now in the possession of a roomy pavilion which was of great benefit and a decided asset. A vote of thanks was accorded Mr G Day of North Ash, for his kindness in allowing the free use of the land and for granting permission to erect the pavilion."

09 Nov 1929 Local News in Brief KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
Stable Fire

"On Tuesday night some old stables adjoining the Black Lion Inn caught alight. Captain H T Potter, by the use of fire extinguishers, prevented the flames reaching other buildings until the arrival of the fire engine. The stables were gutted but the inn and garage escaped damage."

Gravesend Billiards League

Hartley bottom of table of 8 with only 1 win and 7 losses. Latest match was 4-0 loss to Gravesend Billiards Club. Hartley's team was J Green, T Hockley, D Rose and E Hurst.

Property to let

"To let - 2 rooms suitable for lock up shop or offices, adjoining, and apply Fairby Stores, Hartley, Longfield" [Would appear to be the shop site next to the Post Office]

16 Nov 1929 Fire at Hartley School House KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
"Headmaster and Staff Escape in Night Attire.

A disastrous fire occurred at St Michael's School, Hartley, near Gravesend, early on Saturday when Capt W H Flear, the headmaster and his assistants, Miss Brodie and Mr D A C Tyrie BA escaped from the furiously blazing school house in their night attire.

The alarm was raised by Miss Brodie, who awoke about 3.30am to find her bedroom filled with smoke and she heard the cracking from rooms on the ground floor of the wooden building. The occupants, who were met by a huge volume of smoke from the entrance hall, feared that the staircase was alight, but they descended in safety.

The fire, visible from a great distance, was remarkable in the completeness with which the building and its entire contents were rapidly demolished. Dartford Fire Brigade, under Capt Potter were promply on the scene, but they found that the nearest hydrant was half a mile away, and even if one had been available nearer, the brigade would have been unable to save the school house from destruction. The house blazed like an inferno, and the noise made by the bursting of the roof tiles awakened the people in neighbouring dwellings. All that remained of the school house after the fire were 2 high chimney stacks.

Quite close to St Michael's School is a Roman Catholic Church with a heavily thatched roof, this having been a barn before it was converted into the 'Oratory of St Francis' but that building was undamaged."

16 Nov 1929 Local News in Brief KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
Hartley Players

Picture of production of 'Tilly of Bloomsbury.'

Hartley's War Memorial - How it is tended and cared for

"Many visitors to Hartley, near Gravesend, paused on Remembrance Day to admire the artistic floral decorations on the greensward around the base of the white stone cross bearing the names of the 8 men of the parish who fell in the Great War.

The site occupied by the Hartley Parish War Memorial, at the junction of the Hartley and Longfield-Ash Roads, was formerly a stone dump. When the stone cross was erected in 1922, the parish council asked Capt J W Webster (pictured), a local resident, whose hobby is gardening, to look after the Memorial. He willingly accepted the honour, and began making improvements on the site, which have been greatly appreciated by all his fellow parishioners. Not only has the triangular grass plot always the appearance of a well kept lawn, but for many days before each anniversary of Armistice Day he devotes practically the whole of his time to makeing floral emblems, in the making of which chrysanthemums of many different colours have been used, are more beautiful than ever, and they bear the floral inscriptions of 'faith', 'hope' and 'charity', one being arranged at each corner of the grass plot. Around the stone base of the Memorial are white flowers forming the words 'Lest we forgete' and 'One soweth and another reapeth'. In appreciation of the care which Captain Webster has bestowed on the Memorial, the men and women of the parish have presented him with an illuminated address inscribed as follows: 'We admire the artistic and constant effort with which he had tended and beautified the Memorial, and we commend the self sacrificing labour by which he has expressed his and our memory of the fallen.' Captain Webster, who retired after 30 years in the Army, was in the Indian Ordnance Corps for 17 years. He was on active service in France practically throughout the Great War, and was mentioned in despatches."

Room to let

"Furnished bedsitting room to let, bungalow, pleasant situation; terms moderate; Bayonne, Hartley, Longfield." [Marsworth, Church Road]

23 Nov 1929 Bungalow to Let KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
4 rooms, bathroom etc, garage, rent 22s 6d per week.

07 Dec 1929 Local News in Brief KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
Longfield Parish Council

(1) RDC councillor Wright told PC Longfield is meant to get 16 council houses but problems finding a site. Personally he wants them to be on site by station which would mean a link could also be built from the station to Hartley Road. The orchard there is owned by Sir Gerald Hohler and is up for sale. Dartford RDC committee rejected this scheme and suggested buying land in Hartley at Hoselands Hill at £150 an acre. Chairman said Hartley don't want council houses but they want the improvement to Hoselands Hill that would go with them. He suggested site next to Mabel Cottages.

Congregational Church Sale of Work

£64 raised towards the £500 they need to build a church and Sunday School. Long list of stallholders and prize winners.

14 Dec 1929 Longfield Scouts Merry Birthday Party KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
"A more jolly party than that which filled the Longfield Village Hall on Monday for the 2nd birthday of the local troop of Scouts it would be almost impossible to find….." Membership 18 scouts, 12 cubs, 5 rovers. Founded by scout master Capt H Hale and ASM G Mason. Capt Hale has had to stand down but Mr Mason has found someone to assist.

21 Dec 1929 Local News in Brief KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
Hartley Parish Meeting

(1) Meeting passed resolution that they don't want council houses at Hoselands Hill. Both Mr Nairn and Mr Benson said they don't mind them being built elsewhere. Mr Nairn suggested land already owned by Dartford RDC in Hartley. George Day said 6 of the 16 houses likely to go to Hartley people. (2) Maidstone & District Buses to reduce fares. (3) Mr Comont called for the road access to the Station from Hartley Road to be built, he pointed out that when suggested in the past they were told the owner didn't want to sell, but now they do so things are different. Meeting supported his motion. (4) Following recent fires they discussed fire protection. Chemical extinguishers are on hold while Home Office considers Dartford RDC proposals. George Day said he had seen they worked and could contain a fire until the Brigade arrived. Dartford Brigade arrived in just 22 minutes after a recent fire on his farm. (5) Committee of enquiry into a parish playing field set up.

Hartley and District Band

"...gave an excellent concert in the [Longfield] village hall on Friday. It was a pity the audience was not larger. The band played a number of selections and marches in good style, under the direction of Mr T F Tate. The programme was interspersed with songs by Mrs F Tate, and humorous recitations by Mrs Balchin, whilst Mr Harry Tomlinson's funny songs and patter caused roars of laughter."

10 Dec 1929 Fairby Grange Western Morning News
Trees from nursery at Fairby used to beautify Bermondsey Borough

13 Dec 1929 Tonbridge Cattle Market: Christmas Show and Sale Tonbridge Free Press (KM)
"Mr Walter Tibbits held his Christmas Show and sale in Tonbridge Cattle Market on Tuesday, when silver cups and plate to the value of £42 caused keen competition…. As usual there was an excellent show of pigs, competition being keen throughout every class.... 12 fat sows were shown, but the outstanding pig was owned by Mr J F Maxton (sic) of Longfield. This was a fine pig, and was sold to Mr Toop for the good price of £18.... 5 entries were submitted for the best pen of 10 porkers. Mr J F Maxton of Longfield won first prize iwth a grand pen of pigs sold to Mr E G Malpass of Tonbridge for £5 16s...."

[Actually "Mr" Maxton was Jane Foote Maxton, lady of the manor of Hartley who lived at The Cottage, Hartley Bottom Road, perhaps the journalist just assumed the winner would have been a man. At the show in 1930 (Tonbridge Free Press 19.12.1930) she got a a 1st in the sow class, sold to Mr J Toop for £13 5s, and seconds in the pairs of pigs (sold to Mr F Hartridge for 98s) and 10 porkers (sold to Mr E G Malpass for £6 1s). In 1931 (Tonbridge Free Press 18.12.1931) she won 1st for the pen of 10 pigs (sold at 69s each to Messrs W H Hill & Sons), and a second in the sow class. The paper of 16.12.1932 reported on another show at Tonbridge Market saying "nearly 700 pigs were sold, every available pen being filled and all records for the market were broken" Miss Maxton came first out of 37 entrants for pairs of porkers of 10 stone dead weight, being sold to Mr Moon of Tunbridge Wells for 68s; and 1st out of 17 entrants for the pen of 10 porkers, being sold to Mr Malpass of Tonbridge for 63s. She also came 2nd out of 28 entrants for bacon hogs, being sold to Mr Field of Ticehurst for 85s. Judges commented on the very high standard of entries]

27 Dec 1929 Angel of the Slums Beaudesert News (Queensland)
"The Angel of the Slums" - health visitors in Bermondsey, mentions home for mothers at Fairby

28 Dec 1929 Local News in Brief KM (Gravesend Telegraph)
Longfield School Party

"The school on Friday closed for the Christmas holidays with a party given by the teachers, managers and friends in the village. Whilst tea was being prepared the children sang carols and gave a display of country dancing. After the 'great feed', Mr W H Chase, the headmaster, spoke on the way the canteen was running. He said it was the largest canteen in Kent and he urged any mother who was present to tell others that, although it was not the duty of the teachers to wait at meals, each took their turn willingly to see the children had their proper supply for food....." Teacher Miss Loveday moving to another school nearer her home in Watford.

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