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With a very large workforce spread over a wide area getting the workers to and from Crayford was a problem. ...
Before the First World War
Crayford in the years leading up to the Great War was a town in decline. Armaments production at the town’s ...
Vickers During the First World War
At the start of the War the Vickers factory at Erith was responsible for the design and manufacture of the ...
Visit to Westminster Abbey
On the 7th November Y6 pupils from St Joseph RC School, and St Paulinus C.E. School came to Westminster Abbey ...
Chalky 'the Crayford Swallow' Musical
Children from Y6 at St Joseph’s R.C. Primary performed the Chalky ‘the Crayford Swallow’ musical at Hall Place on 2nd ...
Animator, Tom Hillenbrand delivered animation workshops at the Danson Festival and to children at St Josephs’ RC and St Paulinus ...
As part of the HLF project we worked with students from Greenwich University to produce the educational resources.
Education and Learning Events
A number of varied education and learning events took place that were targeted to different audiences. Using the education resource ...
Story Telling and Art Sessions
Primary school teacher Julie Hudson led storytelling and art sessions in Bexley Libraries’ Children’s Chatterbooks Groups. The children created a ...
Using artwork created by children from St Paulinus Primary School, Dartford Quilters made a decorative patchwork quilt depicting the life ...
Joint Remembrance Service
On the 11th November Y6 pupils at both St Joseph’s RC Primary School and St Paulinus CE Pimrary school took ...
Downloads and information leaflets
Explore the story of William White for yourself You can download chapters from the interactive booklet about William White below, plus ...
William White's Story
This interactive booklet about Private William James 'Chalky' White was created to restore the local memory of the funeral of Crayford's unknown warrior.
Chalky's Tale: An animated film about Private William White
An animated film about Private William White created by animator Tom Hillenbrand and children at two local schools.
In 1814 in Crayford, Charles Swaisland set up his textile printing works, which became known as “the Mecca of calico ...
Charles was born December 1780, son of Amos and Anne Swaisland who resided and owned a butcher’s shop in Crayford ...
The Swaisland Design School: William Hubbard and George Haite's Crayford.
Swaisland’s was well-known not only for the quality of the printed textiles produced, but also for having a design school ...
David Evans - The Last of the London Fabric Printers.
With the setting up of bleaching grounds (to whiten cloth) from the late 17th century, Crayford was seen as an ...
G. P. and J. Baker and the Diamond Jubilee.
In 1851 the Queen had been at the Great Exhibition where she took great interest in the award winning barège ...
The Swaisland Block Printers Dispute and the Chartist Campaign for the Vote.
Lose nearly half of your wages or lose your job! This was the ultimatum which faced the employees of Swaisland ...
The Great Exhibition
n 1851 The Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations was organised by Prince Albert and other ...
The Swaisland Factory and Lord Shaftesbury
In 1844 Lord Ashley, later The Earl of Shaftesbury put forward an act of parliament that would limit the hours ...
25. Costing of flannel printing in 1864 Because of the complex multi-stage processes of textile printing, it was very difficult to ...
B10. George Haite shawl design, 1853, for J. Dickson George Haite (1825-1871) was the son of a textile designer, and probably ...
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