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Lord Northcliffe's challenge
On 1 April 1913, Lord Northcliffe, owner of The Daily Mail, offered £10,000 to the first pilot that could fly nonstop across the Atlantic.
The momentous flight took place on 14 and 15 June. Alcock and Brown waited in Newfoundland until a break in the bad weather, then took off.
The Vimy Aircraft
The Vimy model was designed by Rex Pierson, chief designer at Vickers. The prototype was built in Crayford. The Vimy set several records of long distance flights.
Alcock and Brown both flew and fought in the World War One. They later teamed up to cross the Atlantic.
After the Flight
When Alcock and Brown awoke on 16 June 1919, everyone wanted a glimpse of the famous pair. Their prize was presented by Winston Churchill.
The Princesses' Theatre
Alcock's and Brown's achievement was celebrated at the Vickers theatre in Crayford.
Sir Edward Heath Memorial Plaque
Sir Edward Heath (9 July 1916 – 17 July 2005), Conservative MP for Bexley and later Prime Minister (1970 – ...
WW1 Passcehdaele: The Story of Captain Lawrence Jones
This is a Powerpoint presentation about Captain Lawrence Jones. Captain Jones is the son of the local vicar who died in ...
CRAY Legend of Hengest Summer Film School Blog
This is an introduction to our CRAY summer film week project blog.
A Spot Called Crayford: Pupil Response Booklet
To accompany our KS2 education pack we have created a pupil response booklet and provide it here as a free ...
Blitz over Bexley: interactive booklet
This interactive booklet tells the story of Bexley during the Blitz. You can see the booklet fullscreen and download the booklet.
The Legend of Hengest Musical Show
CRAY performed the Legend of Hengest musical play at Hall Place, Bexley on 5th December 2018
Blitz Over Bexley: The Centenary of the RAF 2018
In 2017, children from St Paulinus Primary CE School, Crayford discovered how their area was heavily involved in the events ...
Documentary: A Spot Called Crayford: The Legend of Hengest
A 45-minute documentary about the legend of Hengest and how he won the Battle of Crayford
3D Film: What Hengest Saw
A short 3D presentation demonstrating some key sites through North West Kent that Hengest and Horsa might have seen.
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A Spot Called Crayford Introduction
Our project, ‘A Spot Called Crayford: The Legend of Hengest’ takes its inspiration from an entry in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle ...
A Spot Called Crayford: The Legend of Hengest
This interactive booklet about the Legend of Hengest was created to spread the word about this remarkable story.
Bartram, The Blitz and Beyond: Learning Resources
A 62-page booklet and activities sheet.
Animated film: Bartram, The Blitz and Beyond
In 2005 Charlton Athletic celebrated their centenary year by building a statue of their most illustrious player Sam Bartram outside ...
Interactive booklet: Crayford's role in aviation history
Crayford resident and teacher, Peter Daniel, wrote an education booklet telling the story of Crayford’s role in aviation history. The booklet contains a ...
Introducing Admiral Shovell and the Longitude
How the death of Crayford’s famous Admiral shaped the Modern World
Introducing the Fabric of our Town project
The Fabric of Our Town web pages were put together by Bexley Local Studies and Archive Centre, in partnership with ...
Introducing Private William White
Private William White was the first Crayford soldier in WW1 to be buried at home . His funeral became a focus for local families who were also grieving their loved ones.