Archives

The History Group has an archive of old photographs (and other material) and is very keen to obtain more.

Here we have some old photographs that show all areas of life in the past including: pictures of people in front of shops or buildings that are no longer here; social occasions and carnival processions; school and church activities; agricultural scenes – farm workers, machinery, hop or fruit picking.

You do not have to part with your precious photos because we can copy them whilst you are present. Please can you have a look in your cupboards and see what you can find, then contact us so that we can arrange to scan them.

Below are some photos that have been reviewed in our collection.

This section of the website is under construction and is to be upated with the ability to view and puchase/download many photographs.

1. Higham School c1914.  The teacher on the left of the picture is Mrs Dean.  [Picture Credit ~ Miss E Nash].
Higham School c1914.  [Miss E Nash]
Higham School staff, 1952 [Miss E Nash]
2. Higham School Staff 1952.  Back row left to right: Dorothy Farley, Mr Nicholls (Headteacher), Mrs Nicholls.  Front row left to right: Stephanie Rogers, Miss Kitty Nash.  [Picture Credit ~ Miss E Nash].
3. St Johns’ Church Choir, June 1952. [Picture Credit ~ Miss E Nash].
St Johns Church Choir, June 1952 [Miss E Nash]
The Berry Family [HVHG Collection]
4. The Berry family outside their shop in Villa Road, Higham.  Date unknown. [HVHG Collection].
5. The Railway Tavern, Lower Higham in the 1930’s. [Postcard].
Railway Tavern, Lower Higham 1930's [Postcard]
Bramble Stores, Lower Higham, 1970's [Deakin Family]
6. The Bramble Stores, Lower Higham, shortly after an extension had been added to the building in the 1970’s [Picture Credit ~ Deakin Family].
7. Higham’s oldest building, the 15th century Clerk’s Cottage, in Church Street, Lower Higham.  Picture taken in Spring 1979 after a late fall of snow.
The building on the left middle distance is the Sun Inn Public House which closed in the 1990’s.  [Picture Credit ~ HVHG Collection].
Clerk's Cottage, Church Street, Lower Higham [HVHG Collection]
Scene of interest and beauty from Mid Higham in Kent [HVHG Collection from L. Fagence]
8. A postcard showing probably the houses in The Braes. Dated around the early 1970’s and originally sold by B.R. Sutton, P.O. & Stores, Mid Higham. “Scene of interest and beauty from Mid Higham in Kent” is printed on the rear.  [Picture Credit ~ HVHG Collection, from L. Fagence].
9. In February 2006, an evocative scene was recreated on the Higham Marshes with a preserved British Railways steam locomotive puffing along nicely.  It hauled a rake of carriages along the old Allhallows single track to Grain. [Picture Credit ~ B Portway].
February 2006, an evocative scene was recreated on the Higham Marshes with a preserved British Raileways steam locomotive puffing along nicely. It hauled a rake of carriages along the old Allhallows line to Grain. [Picture Credit: B Portway]
10. A postcard showing Forge Lane – date unknown. Do you recognise the two children or the delivery van? [HVHG Collection]
Forge Lane, Mid-Higham.  Date unknown.  [HVHG Collection]
Parade of Young Ladies, c.1950. [S. Darby]
11. A parade of young ladies from Higham – 1950’s. We do not have a lot of information about this picture and would like to know more about it. Sheelagh Darby is in the front on the left and pictured behind her is Pat Hayes.
Picture credit S. Darby.
12. Mrs Pope and her daughters are pictured in front of their home Clerk’s Cottage in Church Street. The front of the cottage had been recently rendered. Date unknown. [HVHG Collection]
Mrs Pope and daughters of Clerk's Cottage, Church Street, Lower Higham.  Date unknown.  [HVHG Collection]
Clerk's Cottage, Church Street, Lower Higham.  Date unknown. [HVHG Collection]
13. Another view of Clerk’s Cottage showing the roof being re-thatched. We suspect that it is a visiting nurse who is pictured talking to Miss Pope. Date unknown. [HVHG Collection]
14. We also record changes that are taking place at the present time. This picture shows a barn conversion in progress in Lower Higham in October 2004. Picture credit Sue Williams.
Barn conversion, Lower Higham.  Oct 2004. [Sue Williams]
British Uralite workers, early 1950's. [Andrew Rootes]
15. Do you recognise these ladies who are pictured at work in the British Uralite in the early 1950’s? Picture credit Andrew Rootes.
16. Scout Leader Sam Weller escorts the Rose Queen Procession along Hermitage Road in 1962. Picture credit Betty Weller.
Higham's Rose Queen Procession, 1962. [Betty Weller]
Coronation Fancy Dress competition, 1953. [Jill Morgan]
17. 14 year old Jill Harpum is pictured outside her home, 6 Providence Cottages in Crutches Lane. Jill is wearing the costume that she designed and made herself entitled ‘The Crown Jewels’. We are pleased to report that Jill won first prize for this costume in the fancy dress section of the procession to celebrate the coronation in 1953.  Picture credit Jill Morgan.
18. Jill went to Art College after she left school and this is a sketch that she did of Villa Road in 1955/6. Picture credit Jill Morgan.
Sketch of Villa Road, Mid Higham.  1955/6. [Jill Morgan]
Fishing in the Thames-Medway Canal at Higham, 1959. [Linda Fagence]
19. The summer of 1959 was long and hot. These boys are enjoying fishing in the canal which was not overgrown then.
Picture credit Linda Fagence