Site transferred to WordPress – Feb 2011
19 feb 2011
Link page to wiki removed – wiki seems to be run along authoritarian lines these days.
Site is moving to https://bgphotos.wordpress.com/ – access and simplicity.
Added eulogies and tributes about Frank Bangay from diverse sources
Still musing about the use of a blog
25 Sep 2009
Took out link to feedback from as
1) It was getting little use and I wish to close that email account
2) I may link to a blog which will be easier to put things into ( perhaps)
26 June 2008
Asserted simple copyright
Included reference to books within KCC library and codes
20 May 2008
Added photos of Potters Mede site kindly supplied by local resident
10 April 2008
redid external links. Wiki has info on Crampton loco – checked link for Crampton loco in 1882
09 April 2008
verified links to external sites; reviewed churches page ; added some football photos ; verified
photos of Clokes shops
1 Sept 2007
Added recent views where premises have changed hands. Most retail outlets are now different from
1965, many selling other goods or services.
22 Aug 2007
Roman Court booklet added
21 Aug 2007
transport theme added to main lists – 25 such photos.
9 images added to station
19 Aug 2007
10 more images of rail bridge work at Darkhill found and uploaded. See Sevenoaks Road
>90 pictures captioned for 1985-1989 set.
2 pictures of crossroad in 1950s added; photo of Atkins shop in Western Road (?) included. Was in
bundle for Crossroads.
18 Aug 2007
Added more links to external sites; renamed thumbnail pages
Uploaded over 90 pictures from period 1985 – 1989, looking at local businesses and premises.
Put simple feedback form into operation
17 Aug 2007
Created index for cinema pages out of Wrotham Road index, now separate.
Development map 1 now included from 1817. Put into maps pages.
Created text version of “Maps and photos” page in case accessibility issues were being caused by
map, even if unlikely.
Added 1935 football team photo.
15 Aug 2007
More names put on pavilion construction photos.
Shrunk size of BG 2005(now) images.
Added development map booklet DM7 -15 pages in total. Development Map 7 itself to locate. May be
in BG library drawer. Who knows?
Cinema news cutting about demolition of cinema building added.
14 Aug 2007
Added in about 40 images of Clokes shop redevelopment from Summer 1998. These show the shop inner
and the construction of the houses beside Bridge House . they are thumbnailed and seem to work
Updates will continue on the tiscali based site as I do not have broadband access to Orange for
13 August 2007
Added photos of bypass work in 1992, alterations to the Church in 1990s, pictures of Royal Wedding
Street party in Western Road.
Fairfield Gate 1997 added to Wrotham Rd links.
Rear view of Manor house added to Wrotham Road. (1965)
Haul road photos started. (and Smiths pit)
29 March 2006
Changed top nav bar to include CSS buttons to make menu take up less of page .
Nearly completed 1891 census details in table.
25 March 2006
Tythe map from 1841 added
Details from 1891 census as typed in 1993 included. These are image files which I will convert to
text over time once I have typed them in by hand.
Added skateboard park photos taken soon after opening in 2005. Sunny October morning.
Index pages made more regular using DW templates – top menu bar made uniform.
Photos from 1950s football album of BGFC included.
Links to related community sites soon.
20 April 2005
Changed link from opening page to go to photos and documents. Made this more graphical based
around a simple map of BG.
This replaces the list of streets. Themes are in the background- this could be more graphical –
needs icons for each theme.
Removed updates from past and present page – put into this file. Need to examine ease of use for
the map system -are lists redundant now?
14 April 2005
The misc groupings of photos on the freeserve site are now deleted and the way to access them is
now through the photos and documents index.
The book Past and Present has now been set into chapters as I suggested I would some
years back. The Friendly Glimpse material is indexed sufficiently well for me to think it
does not need it just yet. The whole book is about 300kb which is not huge. Both books have been
formatted using style sheets which I hope helps readability. If you find there is a colour clash
let me know through the feedback form.
I am gradually adding more photos – the school and Western Road have seen some additions lately.
There is now also a section on maps and posters. The land development maps along with the census
details were what gave the history booklet some of its form. As the plots of land filled with
colour and blocks of buildings, so the village increased in size. And there you have … change
… history in the making. The coming of the railway, development post-war, the arrival of the 4
big housing estates in the early 60s all triggered rapid growth. See the books!
5 April 2005
Moved a number of pages round to streets where they better belonged. Arbitrarily
decided that the Crossroads did not really exist – not as a street anyway and moved items to
relevant streets that make up the crossroads. Tidied up links to pages which took you back to a
different sub-menu. Decided quarrying was better under Basted or Quarry Hill pages – not many
pictures of Smiths Quarry.
I will put a list of what photos went on and roughly when, for those of you who might have missed
something. This will be a rough guide and NOT a site map.
When finding the odd note on the back of some photos I have added it to the page – sorry, but
it’s too much work to include that in the updates.
3 April 2005
Having finally got round to the yellowed and aged newspaper cuttings, it would seem there is
some background information for some of the older photos. In contributions made to the KM and the
Chronicle more information was volunteered to reporters. That info does not readily appear
elsewhere in Dad’s notes. I shall look to transcribe it. Since those newspapers will have archived
their more recent articles you might look to contact them directly for more details. Their on-line
archives start at different dates so I am unsure if you will find those sections among their web
I’ll also look to bring in style sheets so that the books in particular seem better presented on
the screen. They could do with better margins among other things. I am still trying to keep the
site as simple as is reasonably possible. Let me know if there are any broken links, please.
1 April 2005
The school pages are filling out now – the era 1950 –
1978 is taking shape.
Pictures of the station are now included. The fire brigade has more photos included –
names are around for that – I will find them!
Maps are now photographed – I will see if the contrast is good enough to put on the web.
If not then these will have to wait – ever tried to scan a map on an A4 scanner?
More background for the cinema would be interesting – if anyone would like to offer their
recollections of times at the Rex and share them I’ll put them on.
I have colour coded the pages for the different years and tried to make more uniform the
way to access the sub-index, be it a grouping by year or theme.
1965 – gives a yellow background; 1969 – gets a shade of pink; 1982 a light blue; 1999
sees a blend of grey, white and red; 2000 is predominantly light purple.
That should mean that it is easier to pick out the groups. The option to go back to the
table index or to the thumbnails is there too.
Thank you to the people who have offered support
through email and shown an interest in the development of these pages. Those of you farther
afield who have not visited Borough Green lately may like to look on the main page to this site.
there you will see that photos from feb 2005 and some Christmas ones are included. Some are dark
again I am afraid – I made the mistake of thinking that a sunny morning in February would give a
27 March 2005
There is now a feedback form on the freeserve site: see above This should allow
some feedback from viewers of the site. If you can contribute some details this would be most
As it just mails the data to me, it might be easier to put my address in. If you have a request
for information or supportive comments to pass on, it is a bit easier to do now.
My reservation is the mail generated by the bots that crawl the web picking out addresses from
pages. If that gets to be an issue, I’ll take it away but I do hope it can stay there.
Many of the handwritten captions to the photos I have recently been scanning have become detached.
Dad used blutac and after a time this has hardened with inevitable results! Many of the names are
hastily scribbled on the odd bit of paper too. Hence the names Bish and Bush look alike – you get
the idea. He knew what he meant and lots of you out there do too, but it’s a bit like putting
together a jigsaw puzzle with 4 different pictures to work from!
The “Photos and documents page” ( link top right on this page) is now the main page to the more
recently scanned material. This leads off to the newerthemed pages. Generally I have grouped
photos by location. Generally they had been grouped by year. The older material is less easy to
pinpoint – some photos have one date on, then scribbled over. Others have been moved around from
one envelope to another. Some have dates on the back, many do not. Some are indexed according to a
system he was working on with the local library, others not. Where the date or era is most
important (e.g. Silver Jubilee or WWII) this takes priority.
I have not indicated what is new and what is not because I have no idea how frequently people may
view the site. To someone returning after some months it may all look new.
Pictures of the pavilion and the recreation ground added. Pictures of the youth club from 1975 to
come – oh my – 30 years on. Look out for the Bay City Rollers fans.
24 March 2005
I have put some more pictures on. The photo index page now breaks off into streets and
subjects. Mostly I have given streets or palces priority in this page. So for example the Red Lion
appears under Sevenoaks Road. Eventually it will be in pubs as well. It’s these kind of cross
linkings which make this interesting and demanding too. It makes navigating around the site harder
and is why I have left this alone for a while. The thumbnail links to the “ragbag” of pictures is
hidden for now – when I know the links work I’ll put them on.
The different pages give a taste of what is to be
uploaded (eventually) – looking at a page and then finding nothing on it is so
Enjoy the updates!
21 March 2005
Tidied up the links for the 2000 slides and checked
over the 2005 photos from M. Taylor – seem to work. The pages in which the newer photos are found
work smoothly, but are one more link in the chain to go wrong. Let’s so how they fare. The
slides show a few hairs on the scans – stand a long way back from your screen and you will not
The increased number of pages means the handy box
across the top is less handy. An alternate menu page is needed. I am not looking to use
20 March 2005
Some photos of Borough Green from 2005 are now included
on the newer part of the site.
I have also uncovered a guestbook page which I shall look to
install. However if it is going to be time consuming to maintain and respond to these then I may
If you want to avoid the wanadoo banners that the new
site seems to drag with it, try opening the later links in a new window. I did not design the
pages with a banner in mind.
While grateful to freeserve for the free hosting for so long, I am paying for the
broadband wanadoo service and have no wish to advertise for them.
12 March 2005
Booklets removed from links and from site. A re-seller in London was asking £20 a copy. Given that
these are under copyright I have contacted them to enquire about their actions.
Please bear with me while I try to sort that out. Sorry if that inconveniences you the html source
remains as was.
Meanwhile I am looking to move the contents of the site to the following:
The takeover of freeserve by wanadoo some time back leaves me in some doubt about how long the
freeserve address while still hold. Any of you out there who know could get wanadoo to pass this
The greater capacity of the site should allow for more material. Don’t hold your breath though.
31 March 2002
The booklets are now off this site on a related site to allow room for more photos. I have
included a common header for many of the index files and have tried to make the thumbnails pages
more like each other, though the file size has crept up a bit.There’s not much room for much more!
Having recently acquired a new scanner, which can scan large format negatives, I shall soon put
images from these on the site.These include some of the well known fire engine.
I shall also upload views which people have kindly lent/sent me. I shall also try to email those
people who have sent me emails to let them know of the updates.
1 October 2000
The booklets are now in a more printer friendly format with the photos included in the pdf files.
You will need Adobe Acrobat reader to view them.
I have changed my mind about splitting the books into the chaptersas the newer files are smaller
in size and will not take too longto download.
There are more photos to come – I need to watch the size of the site overall as there is a 15 Mb
Limited text index of dark 1999 photos included.
Slides of Summer 2000 included
4 June 1999
I have changed a lot this week (4 June ’99) while trying out MS Front Page 2000 to check the
structure of the site. The latest addition is a clickable version of the aerial photo from 1969,
leading to a view of or from the point clicked. Any offers of aerial photos from other years would
Copies of the site on CD-ROM should be at the local primary and secondary school next week and a
version with higher quality scans will soon be in the libraries at Borough Green, Tonbridge,
Sevenoaks and with the Kent Centre for Rural Studies. I have removed the mail link for now because
of the silly amount of junk received lately. I shall put it back in a more convoluted form so that
those of you who have questions can put them. (April 2003)