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Vickers Crayford Learning Resources
Bexley Local Studies have produced a number of information leaflets on subjects relating to the history of Crayford. You can ...
Your epitaph for Chalky
Now try and write your epitaph for your soldier. Remember the epitaphs are usually quite short, four lines are normally ...
Sniper's bullet in Flanders
On 16 January 1915, Private Bill White and the 2 / Buffs embarked for France by camouflaged troopship. Arriving at ...
With the Buffs to Ireland and India
Private White – the nickname ‘Chalky’ was inevitable – began his military service with the Manchester regiment in Ulster before ...
Recruits from tough industrial and agricultural backgrounds have a long pedigree in the British Army. William James White fitted the ...
This November Remembrance services will as ever recall the sacrifice of all British and Empire soldiers in the Great War ...
During the night of Saturday, 2nd December 1916 the theatre was destroyed by fire. The cause of the fire was ...
The Opening Ceremony
The new hall was to be called “The Princesses Theatre” and the opening ceremony on Wednesday, 26th July 1916 was ...
The Princess Theatre
The Vickers management recognised that a large centre of entertainment was essential to maintain the morale of both the workers ...
The Rodney Hut
At the start of the First World War Crayford’s meagre housing stock was overwhelmed by the demand for accommodation by ...
In 1915 land to the north of the River Cray was used for a large housing development to alleviate the ...
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.