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B3. Colourings of printed delaine patterns by Swaisland for Ovington & Warwick, around 1840. From the mid-1830s to the 1850s, Swaisland ...
6. Page from a Swaisland album of engaged designs, 1838-1841 This design album re-uses an old account book of the 1820s ...
2. Stipple engraved waistcoatings or shirtings, around 1822 These patterns are taken from a pair of small warehousing volumes that match ...
B1. Charles Swaisland’s invoice for block making for Vint & Co., 1809 to 1810 Little is known of Charles Swaisland’s beginnings ...
William Hubbard (1804-1870) was an artist who painted many watercolour scenes of Crayford and the surrounding areas during the 1840s ...
As part of the Fabric of Our Town project volunteers from the Crayford Manor House Historical Society conducted research into ...
Needs interactive leaflet adding Chartism was a working class movement which demanded sweeping changes to the political system of Britain between ...
As part of the Fabric of Our Town project, research uncovered interviews with local children who worked at the Swaisland ...
The Fabric of our Town Learning Resources
Crayford resident and former primary school teacher Peter Daniel wrote the education resource booklet ‘Fabric of our Town’. The booklet ...
Education and Learning events
As part of the Fabric of Our Town project a number of varied education and learning events took place, aimed ...
Animation: The Fabric of Our Town
This film, told through the eyes of a Swaisland factory worker, tells the story of the factory winning a medal ...
Block Printing Workshops
The Swaisland factory was famous for its block printed designs, including the design which won the Gold Medal at the ...
Documentary film: The Fabric of Our Town
Create by schoolchildren, featuring oral history interviews with ex-workers at the David Evans factory
Applegath Interactive Leaflet
This pamphlet is a unique record of how the arrival of Chartism in Crayford created a terrible split amongst local people.
Designs from the Swaisland factory, 1847-1858
Patterns of fabrics made in Crayford
BFI animator Tom Hillenbrand delivered Crayford history animation workshops to 150 children at Crayford Library and from St Paulinus CE ...
Art Panel Workshops
Over 150 young people rolled up their sleeves and used their creative skills to paint 5 murals on panels. At ...
Crayford the Opera
Children from St Paulinus; St Josephs and Crayford Temple Grove primary schools, learnt about Crayford and it links with the ...
Teachers, Peter Daniel and Julie Hudson and staff from Bexley Local Studies and Archive Centre delivered sessions to 360 children ...
On the site of the MacDonalds Restaurant once stood one of the Vickers gun workshops. On the Crayford High Street side ...
Surviving reminders of the past
Although the Vickers factory ceased production over twenty years ago there are still a number of surviving reminders of the Vickers presence in Crayford
Vickers Factory at Crayford 1918-1985
The Interwar Years With the loss of all armament contracts the change over to the manufacture of domestic products was rapid. ...
The Trans-Atlantic Challenge
John Alcock & Arthur Whitten Brown Vickers Vimy Transatlantic Flight The Vickers Vimy In 1913, Lord Northcliffe, offered £10,000 to the first ...
Hiram Maxim’s Amazing Flying Machine
Hiram Maxim In 1888, Hiram Maxim transferred his machine gun making business from his cramped London works to a site on ...
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