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A trip back to Longfield's past

PUBLISHED: 14:50 13 September 2012 | UPDATED: 16:19 13 September 2012

Beating the Bounds: The picture shows the Rector of Longfield in 1937 being lowered to some inaccessible extremity of the parish.

Beating the Bounds: The picture shows the Rector of Longfield in 1937 being lowered to some inaccessible extremity of the parish.

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At the beginning of this year, Hartley resident Lesley Cammack spent months going around asking residents for their photos dating back over the years.

Longfield Hill Christmas Party 1950Longfield Hill Christmas Party 1950

“I wanted to do something for the village and it was an idea that came to me,” she said. “I live in Hartley but go to church in Longfield. My mother lived in Longfield from 1937 to about 1955 and we moved to the area in 1982.”

The exhibition was first on show during the Jubilee celebrations and now more photographs have been contributed to the collection they will be on display again later this month.

Mid - late 1930s.  John and Peggy Martin with their rubbish cart outside their house in Whitehill Road.Mid - late 1930s. John and Peggy Martin with their rubbish cart outside their house in Whitehill Road.

Lesley said: “Some people have been here all their lives. It has created a lot of pleasure for people.”

One of the many discoveries made was the connection between a Longfield resident and a family in Australia. A man in his 80s noticed one of the photos donated was of his grandmother, whom he had no photos of himself.

He asked the owner of the photo for a copy. The owner had received it from relatives in Australia who posted several more pictures of the man’s grandmother.

Longfield School 1937.  Mr Chase is the Headmaster and the two teachers are Miss Wolfe and Miss Llewellyn.Longfield School 1937. Mr Chase is the Headmaster and the two teachers are Miss Wolfe and Miss Llewellyn.

“It was a wonderful link between here and the other side of the world,” Lesley said.

n Longfield Past and Present will be at St Mary Magdalene Church on Saturday, September 29, 10am to 4pm.

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