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- Ken -

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Hello. Just a note to say, there is no link to the Stack Lane page on this website, however when I type it into Google the page appears. Would you be able to add a link into the navigation?
Also, are there any old photos of Stack Lane? The ones on it's page do not load properly. Thank you!
[29] Mon 17 Oct 2011, 1:18am 

- Tiffany Outlet -

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Excellent and Awonderful read! Your article is the best one I haave learnt, and it has helped me. Keep doing that.
[28] Fri 13 Jul 2012, 4:46am 

- mervyn brown -

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Hartley still has a few lovely sites that are good for natural history. The dry river valley that runs through Hartley Bottom and joins the River Darent about a mile south of Darenth Country Park is one of the interesting geological features of the area.
[27] Fri 18 Mar 2011, 5:03am 

- M. Mitchison -

United Kingdom

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Hello, I have been researching my family tree. I discovered that my great grandmothers name was Gertrude Cheary. In the 1881 census the Chearys are listed as living in Black lion Cotts, and are labourers. I see on this website to the contary can you throw some light on this please. Thankyou.
[26] Thu 4 Nov 2010, 20:46pm 

- P Mayer -

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My apologies for not replying sooner.

I assume your uncle came from South London, as Fairby Grange was owned then by Bermondsey Borough Council. The following description is from "The Bermondsey Story", a biography of the local MP, Alfred Salter, who bought Fairby and donated it to the borough in 1923.

"We have already told of Dr Salter's gift to Bermondsey of Fairby Grange, the old-world mansion at Hartley in Kent, with its 20 acres of gardens, lawns, fruit orchards and woodlands. Once again Bermondsey was a pioneer: Fairby became the first municipal convalescent home in Britain. It was used primarily for mothers after child-birth, but from November to February, when the pressure for accommodation was less, women recovering from operations or illness were admitted, and the Board of Guardians retained 2 beds for this purpose; during this period mothers could also bring with them two children under 5 years of age. 14 women were accommodated, and their stay was usually a fortnight. A matron and trained nurse were in charge, and for a fee of 5 shillings a week (increased if a larger sum could be afforded) a Bermondsey mohter and her baby received all the care and comfort ordinarily reserved in such establishmentsw for wealthy patients. A visit to Fairby was a memorable change in drab, hardworking lives; the rest, the home-grown fruit and vegetables, the fresh air and the beauty of the country made the experience "heaven" (their favourite description) to most of the women."

The author says that in the first 3 years 1,246 mothers, stayed at Fairby. The gardens there provided tree saplings and vegetables for Bermondsey. Consumptives (people with TB) also stayed at Fairby, although the book seems to date this mainly to the days before Bermondsey took it over.

You are right in guessing that the prams look like baskets - the prams were a familiar sight locally and the babies were named "basket babies" locally for this reason.
[25] Sun 22 Aug 2010, 16:28pm 

- Irene Baldock -

United Kingdom

I'm researching my family and came across a postcard dated 9 June 1932, sent by my very young uncle (probably about 9 years old) to his parents (my grandparents). The picture is of The Lawn, Fairby Grange Convalescent Home. There are several women with young children and prams that look like baskets. My uncle had TB of the leg and I think spent a long time at Fairby Grange.
[24] Mon 28 Jun 2010, 19:03pm 

- larrry -

United States

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hello all
[23] Wed 26 May 2010, 14:06pm 

- Alex Fearby -

United Kingdom

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I am researching my family history, do you have anybody who is 588 years old ???. No seriously Iam interested in John Feerby and what was Fairby farm the family moved to St Paul's Cray afterwards. If you have any local historians who may know why he left Speldhurst for Hartley then moved to St Pauls Cray I would love to know, was he a knight, a yeoman or clergy, how long did he stay in Hartley any information would be welcome please contact me at my email address.

[22] Sat 12 Apr 2008, 17:51pm 

- T Matthews -

United Kingdom

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We moved to the area specifically for the schools 2 years ago, check them both on Ofsteds website, both have pretty good reports. My son attends Hartley Primary School, he absolutely loves it. All the staff are fantastic and very friendly, the headmistress is doing a great job. I know people who's children attend Langafel and they are equally as happy there.

Either way you have nothing to worry about.
[21] Sun 6 Jan 2008, 16:40pm 

- Dave Bishop -

United Kingdom

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Would you please include myself in your interesting website... My name is Dave Bishop - born in Hartley 1935 at Little Stirrups, Church Road - now demolished ... my Mother used to work at the Estate Agents on the Parade - can't remember the name of the Agent - but he had a Daimler Car EKR365.

Joined the navy at 14: 2 years - Training Ship Arethusa, at Upnor, Rochester... and left 18m later to join the Royal Navy - became a "Sparker" Wireless Telegraphist in 1953 - left the RN in 1960 and joined the Government Communications HQ at Cheltenham in 1961... thence to English Electric Computers which evolved into International Computers Ltd - in 1972 transferred to Digital Equipment Co. at Staines Mx... nowadays I own East Devon Pet Supplies of Exmouth - www.eastdevonpets.com - located at Exmouth in Devonshire...
[20] Wed 26 Dec 2007, 22:19pm 

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