Historic insights

PUBLISHED: 16:13 29 July 2009 | UPDATED: 16:58 25 August 2010

AN EXHIBITION and talk are set to reveal insights about the vibrant history of two towns.

AN EXHIBITION and talk are set to reveal insights about the vibrant history of two towns.

The Slade Green Library in the Howbury Centre is hosting a free exhibition from next Thursday, starting at 2.30pm, on the people who lived and worked in the town from the last century.

Dr John Mercer will also be giving a talk about the hidden history of Sidcup at the library in Hadlow Road next Wednesday, August 5, from 2pm.

Slade Green gained its nickname from all the vegetable patches that grew up between the areas now known as Moat Lane and Slade Green Road.

Supported by archived photos, places of interest include the Howbury moated House and farm, the Corner pin and Lord Raglan public houses, schools, churches and library.

It looks at employment in and around the Crayford marshes, the Thames ammunition works, Dussek Campbell Ltd and Slade Green depot.

Dr Mercer's talk charts Sidcup's expansion from 1870 and its development as a town at the heart of the railway and road network.

He looks at the characters who helped shape the town and what everyday life was like for residents between the World Wars.

Tickets are available in advance from Hadlow Road library. Books on both subjects are available to buy from Bexley borough libraries.

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