About us

The Blackheath Village Archives Group were established in 2008, to research and preserve the history of our village.

Stories, images, maps and memorabilia form a collection that provides a unique story of a small village situated in one of Surrey's loveliest heath-lands and provides a well documented history of life in a rural village.

The importance of recording the memories of of our senior residents has been paramount and their contributions have helped us to achieve an  archive that now contains over 500 images, many interesting stories and  memorabilia.

We are very fortunate to have long established  second and third generation Blackheath families residing here, whose ancestors have had the foresight to not only collect photographs but to relay snippets of village life. The photographs have been digitalized and preserved from further deterioration.

Blackheath has been home to many interesting characters over the years,  a few “notables”, include Virginia Wolf and the crime writer Freeman Croft Wills.The day to day stories of the villagers and  their lives in this small community provides   social history from about 1840 to contemporary times.

St. Martin’s Church and the Blackheath Village Hall have for over 122 years proveded space for all types of events. Both designed by the Arts and Craft architect Charles Harrison Townsened, local people have stepped over their thresholds to attend a wide array of events from religious to social gatherings. In 2018, this is still the case.

Blackheath has been home to African lions, War evacuee's and, in 1943, thousands of Canadian and British troops were billeted on Blackheath in preparation of the D-Day invasion of France.

The Blackheath Village Archives Group has gathered an enormous amount of information, but is conscious that there are gaps. In particular there is a shortage of information relating to properties, in particular the smaller cottages situated west of the crossroads.

This is where help is needed  to research and record the history of these houses and their occupants. With many willing volunteers of all ages we hope to be able to continually update the archive with new images and text. Please see contacts below if you wish to be welcomed into the Group.

 

Our aim is to provide the future generations of Blackheath residents with a wonderful record of the past.

Blackheath Village Archives Group- 2018.

 

Jayne Barlow         

Graham Hayward 

 

Blackheath Cricket Team .1910.

Courtesy of Hilda Beasley

Charabanc trip to Bognor.

Courtesy of David Saunders

1935. King George Silver Jubilee.

Courtesy of Billie Hockley

Jonas Atfield and dog Boxer.

Courtesy of David Saunders

Henry Warner Prescott with sisters Lucy and Olivera, photographed at Brantyngeshay around 1900.