Shortlands in old picture postcards

Shortlands in old picture postcards

:   Muriel V. Searle
:   Greater London
:   United Kingdom
:   978-90-288-5325-6
:   80
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49. When cattle grazed in Shortlands; just about within the memory of a ninety-year-old, as the picture was put into the post in about 1910.

50. Most of the main events of Bromley's great festival of Broom Day (commemorating the broom flower accounting for the pi ace name) taak pi ace on Oueen's Mead down in Shortlands. where the huge opening procession terminated. It continued until stopped by war in 1939. In this souvenir postcard from one of the 1920s Broom Days, the mayor is seen in a contest known as 'Bowling for the live pig", The porker was donated by an East St reet butcher; what the winner did with it we do not know. But a lady winner received only a 'handsome prize", it being assumed th at ladies had few us es for live pigs.



51. Several of Brornley's greatest historie pageants were aetually staged on Shortlands territory; Queen's Mead and Martins Hili, the finest open spaees for publie events. Greatest of all was Charter Day in 1903, when the Charter ineorporating Brornley as a Borough was brought home. In a rnarnmoth procession of carriages earrying mayors and aldermen from London and all over Kent, it was conveyed through the town to be read out to the populace from Martins Hili. Thousands of spectators gathered there and on the Mead below for a day (and half a night) of rejoieing whieh included the still legendary Charter Sports on Oueen's Mead. All marmer of other events were held on the middle Hop Field. The latter still keeps that title, from its farmer days as one of the nearest Kentish hop gardens to London.

52. Oueen's Mead is seen very soon after the coronation of Edward VII, with children in the costume of th at time. Here was staged a large outdoor party, or 'bunfight', for all the children of Shortlands. who were marched two-by-two according to their school classes, from Valley School and others. On the Mead long trestle tables were set up for tea, and each was given a coronation mug holding a few sweets. The song they learned, still quoted by a few very old people , was curiously unchildlike considering that 'the demon drink' was definitely not for juveniles: 'We'll all be merry, Drinking whisky wine and sherry, On coronation day, On coronation day.'

53. This rustic bridge was later enclosed in iron railings, which in turn were replaced when the present bridge was instal!ed as part of the post-1968 flood prevention works. Edwardian period children enjoy watching the stream trick Ie over a smal! waterfall below, while a railwayman in uniform walks past, probably on his way to work at Shortlands Station.

54. Few people now reeall that, certainly up to the mid-1930s, a smalI, simple drinking fountain existed just inside the Glassmill Lane gate of Oueen's Mead, quite different from the ornate stone one rnoved to the opposite side, by the distant sports pavilion, from the top of the hil!. Here the little fountain is seen behind the railings that surrounded the whole Mead until modern times, allowing it to be locked at night.

55. First World War troops, billeted locally, form a squad in the middle of an otherwise deserted Kingswood Raad, while their officers stand aside to confer. Many we re Canadians, who aften had na prearranged housing until they actually arrived, when the Commanding Officer would go from house to house requiring to inspeet accommodation. Ir it could not be proved that a room was genuinely needed, it was compulsorily taken over for a couple of soldiers, who lived with the family.

56. One of the Canadian troops billeted around the district during the Great War of 1914-1918 with the daughter of the house where he was boarded, the mother being paid a very fair weekly amount towards his keep. His name was Morley Blackburn. Inevitably he became 'sweet on' the girl, Nellie Jessop, atternpting to persuade her to emigrate to Canada after the war, as a few local girls actually did. She said No, but until she became engaged to another, he regularly sent gifts from across the Atlantic. But to avoid custorns duties under current regulations, each vanity case or purse was carefully spoilt with a few razor blade cuts to make it technically second-hand.

57. Typical of the late Victorian and Edwardian periods when much of present day Shortlands developed is Beckenharn Grove, here shown in about 1916. Three uniformed soldiers stand on the street corner, some of many hundreds billeted here during the First World War. Canadians in particular spent time in Shortlands, Beckenham and Bromley, hence the opening of various Soldiers' Clubs where they could relax, bath, read, be entertained, and talk with helpers ranging from chaplains to nurses.

58. Looking across the Hop Field to the waterworks chirnney, a scene not greatly altered today, with the course of the railway across the middle disrance. It is interesting to sec how quickly Shortlands became a commuter station. In 1865, soon after the opening, services to London had improved to eleven a day. By 1872 there were eighteen London trains. plus a number of others from Bromlev South.

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