Records of the Woolwich District

Welcome to FamLoc’s main page for everything to do with W. T. Vincent’s Records of the Woolwich District (two volumes), which was first published in 1890.
Here you can see the chapters of the book, view images, add to the information, ask others for information, and buy the books.
Despite the name, this is definitely not the dry, uninteresting log of meetings of various committees! Rather, this is an extremely interesting and well-researched book on Woolwich and the surrounding area.

 

Records of the Woolwich District Vol I, by W. T. Vincent

Originally published in 1890, this FamLoc edition of Records of the Woolwich District Vol I is a slight modification; there have been changes to format and punctuation, especially in respect of the many quotations. However, the prose has been faithfully retained, other than changes to a handful of typographical errors and the very few instances where clarity was required.
Records of the Woolwich District vol. I consists of more than 570 pages, and over 200 illustrations, plus 45 photographic portraits of local men of influence, this book includes many old maps, is rich in the main institutions of churches, schools, charities and industries, and also includes topography, and notable events, making it invaluable for the local historian, family historian, and others with connections to the area around Woolwich.
Although there was no concept of Social History in 1890, Vincent comes closer than most of his contemporaries in considering the condition of the majority of the people. The book is rich in the main institutions: churches, schools, charities and industries – especially the Woolwich Dockyard and Arsenal, and also includes topography, origins of street names, notable events, and people of influence. The detailed information makes “Records of the Woolwich District” invaluable for local historians, family historians, and others with Woolwich connections.

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Records of the Woolwich District vol. II, by W. T. Vincent

Records of the Woolwich District vol II was originally published in 1890, and covers Abbey Wood, Bexley, Charlton, Eltham, Erith, Kidbrook, North Woolwich, Plumstead, Shooters Hill, Welling, and Wickham, as well as additional topics on Woolwich. It includes over 200 illustrations, plus 45 photographic portraits of local men of influence. The book includes many old maps, is rich in the main institutions of churches, schools, charities and industries, and also includes topography, and notable events, making it invaluable for the local historian, family historian, and others with connections to the area around Woolwich.
This FamLoc edition is a slight modification: there have been changes to format and punctuation. However, the grammar and prose has been faithfully retained, other than changes to a handful of typographical errors and the very few instances where clarity was required.

Click HERE to buy Records of the Woolwich District vol. II online.

Chapter and Contents of Records of the Woolwich District Vol I:

Introduction: A Sealed Packet
Pursuit — The British Museum — A Discovery — The Two Churches — Collecting the Records — Arrangement

Chapter I: Infancy
Earliest Records — Domesday Book — Facsimile of Entries relating to Woolwich, Plumstead and Charlton — Early Taxes  — Woolwich Founded on Chalk — Ancient Camps — Roman Settlement — Roman Cemetery at Wickham Lane — Barrow on Plumstead Common — Cadets at Mortar Practice in 1740 — Barrow at Shooters’ Hill — The Name of Woolwich — Our Part in English History — Machyn’s Diary — The Virgin Queen.

Chapter II
A Royal Manor — The Manor of Southall — Pedigree of the Bowater Estate — Portrait Plate — Eltham Master of Woolwich — The Manor of Jefferys.

Chapter III: Youth
View from Woolwich Warren — Sand and Salmon — Paul Sandby’s Pictures — His Advertisement — Gastineau and others — Views from the West — Slow Growth of the Town — Dockyard Station in a Sandpit — Bowater and Pattison Sandpits — The Arsenal Station — The Streets in the Pits — Burrage House, Bickerdike’s School — Charlton Pits — Plumstead Common Pits — Ships’ Ballast — The Churchyard Cliff — The Salmon Fishery — Plumstead and Woolwich Fishermen and the Lord Mayor — The Holy Friars and their Nets — A Fishing Tumult — Big Fish and Small Fry.

Chapter IV: Growth
An Old Picture — Woolwich in 1662 — Woolwich and Charlton Commons in 1748 — The Civil War — The King’s Deer — Master William Barnes — Ship money — Pepys at Woolwich — The Woolwich Stone and Old Woman of Woolwich — Woolwich Coinage, Old and New — Trade Signs — Old Taverns — Where the Cage Stood — Warren Lane —  Barker’s Plans — Woolwich in 1748 — Round about New Road — The Royal Arsenal — The Market and High Street — Remnant’s Shot Foundry — Water Stairs and Alleys — The Gardens — The Parsonage — Prince Rupert — Sir Martin Bowes — Church Hill — The Church — Old Dockyard Gates — The Church Footpath — Five Generations Back — The Shipwrights’ Windmill — The Market House — A New Market — The Parish Pump — Another New Market — The Act of 1807 — Market Hill — Migration of the Market — The Market Charter — Barnes and Lydiard — Tolls for 250 Years — Beresford Square Market — The One Long Street — Views of Old Woolwich — The Pleasant Little Town — Woolwich a “Watering Place” — A Youthful Elopement — Pies and Puddings — Our Lord Mayor — The Old Volunteers.

Chapter V: Maturity
Green’s End in the 18th Century — Woolwich Improved and Beautified — The Centre of Government – Watch-house and Stocks — Five Markets — Paul Sandby – Agricultural Woolwich — Shersby’s Field — Before the Dockyard Extension — The Manor Dissolved — Wellington Street and Green’s End — East Woolwich in 1810 — The First Kirk — Beresford Square Formed — Shows and Circuses — Sermons in Stones — The First Commissioners — Water Supply — The Source.

Chapter VI: Education
A New Generation — New Commissioners — Men of 1837 — Modern Advance — Street Watering — The First Town Hall — Police Court – The Second Town Hall — Mr R. Jolly – Sectarian Troubles — Court of Requests — County Court — The Old Watchmen — The New Police — Fall Down a Chimney — Magistrates and Clerks — The Twopenny Post — An Elopement — Making His Bed — A Local Newspaper in 1839 — Public Meetings — Old Theatres — British and Foreign Schools — Theatre “Royal” — The Queen and the Duchess of Kent — Pastimes in Chapels — The First Elementary Schools — The Fathers of Music — Introduction of Gas — The First Gas-house – Street Oil lamps — Woolwich in 1840 — Presbyterian Church — The Coming Dawn — The Great Ten Years — Public Enquiries.

Chapter VII: Progress
The Public Health — The Last Commissioners — Setting to Work — Startling Evidence — The Local Board of Health — First Election — The Drainage — The Crimean War Time — The Age of Intellect — Men of Enterprise — The Main Drainage of London — Underground Woolwich — Steam Ferry — Paving — Freehold of Woolwich.

Chapter VIII: Enterprise
A.D. 1849 — An Old Directory — The Men of ’49 — Mr R. Ruegg — Mr W. P. Jackson — Mr George Hudson — Mr Thomas Morgan — List of the “1849” men.

Chapter IX: Government
Voters of Antiquity — Borough of Greenwich — The First Great Struggle — Bribery and Corruption — Nomination and Polling — Hustings at Woolwich — A “Chairing” — The Champion at the Feast — Political Variations — List of Elections — Borough of Woolwich — School Board Elections — Local Board Elections — Government Members — Metropolitan Board — The Woolwich Union — Guardians’ Elections.

Chapter X: Motion
Barges and Tilt-boats — Fares by Water — Stage-coaches — Omnibuses — Shillibeer — Steamboats — Greenwich Railway — The Steamers — Watermen’s Company — The Piers — The Railways — The North Kent Cutting — The River in 1720 — Latter-day Steamboats — Railway Statistics — Building Societies — Literary Institutions.

Chapter XI: Charities and Customs
The Goldsmiths’ Almshouses — Sir Martin Bowes — The Parochial Almshouses — Sir William Pritchard — Woolwich Workhouse — Schools for the Poor — A Woolwich Character — Parish Gifts — “Old Clem” — St Catherine.

Chapter XII: Streets and People
Origin of Woolwich Street-names — Population — Eighty Years of the Census — Rates — Houses — The Woolwich Union Census in 1881 — Fifty Years Ago — Census Curiosities — Water and Land — Increasing and Multiplying — Immigration — North Britons — The Huguenots — Railway Men — Siemens’ Telegraph Works — Sir W. Siemens — A German Colony — Woolwich Postal District — The Great Exhibition of 1851 — Banking — The Woolwich Bank — London and County — London and Provincial — Capital and Counties — The Co-operative Bank — The Savings Bank — A Breach of Trust — Strange Panic — Another “Respectable” Felon.

Chapter XIII: The Old Church
The Church on the Hill – Parish History — A Thousand Years — Old Pictures of the Church — Its Remote Age — The Ancient Fabric — Belfry and Bells – Former Dedication to St Lawrence — The Saint Changed — St Margaret’s, Woolwich — The Dissolution — The Old Church in Peril — An Interesting Petition — Collecting Funds — A Windfall — Another Check — Another Windfall — Daniel Wiseman — The New Church — The Organ.

Chapter XIV: The Old Churchyard
Enlargement — Economy — Vegetables for the Workhouse — Full Graveyards — The Cemetery — Memorials — Graves and Tombs — Old Woolwich Names — Toleration in the Grave — Tom Cribb — Dock-rails — The Road by the Church-yard — King Charles I and the Woolwich People — The Churchyard Wall — The Lych-gate — A Ghastly Revel — Clearing the Ground.

Chapter XV: Parsons and Parishioners
The Old Rectory by the River — The New Rectory — The Rector’s Glebe — List of Rectors for 700 Years — The Sunday School — Charity in 1838 — The Vestry Books — Curious Wills — The Church Telegraph Tower Struck by Lightning —  Church Rates — The Cemetery — Memorials therein.

Chapter XVI: Ecclesiastical Districts
Seven Parts — Holy Trinity — St Thomas’s — St John’s — St Michael and all Angels — Mixed Parishes at Shooters’ Hill and North Woolwich — The Arsenal Chapel — An Older One — Garrison Church.

Chapter XVII: Nonconformity
Early Dissenters — The First Chapel — The Oldest Existing Chapel — Enon — Early Persecution — Queen Street — Congregational Church — Salem, its Rise and Fall — Origin of Rectory Place — Presbyterians — Scotch Church, New Road — St Andrew’s — Carmel — Parson’s Hill — Wesleyan Methodists — The Birth of a Church — Narratives —  Religion in the Army — Welsh Chapel – Bethlehem — Zion — Union Chapel — Beresford Street and Joseph Street Chapels — Chanting in Chapels — The Roman Catholics.

Chapter XVIII: Genius
The Poet Lovelace — The Poets of Nightingale Vale  — Wordsworth and Quillinan — Robert Bloomfield — Richard Ruegg — Mrs Hartley — Tom Paine — William Cobbett — Joseph Grimaldi — Sims Reeves — The Siedles — Frederick Leslie — Edward Terry — Other Stars — Henry Maudslay, the Woolwich Powder Boy — Maudslay’s Love of Woolwich — The Astronomer Royal — Bloxham, Hewitt and Topley — O’Neill and Martin.

Chapter XIX: The Mother Dock of England
The Great Harry — Conclusive Evidence — The Claims of Erith — A.D. 1512 – Early Days of the D0ckyard — Sir Edward Boughton — The Nucleus of the Dock — Ancient Wages — End of the Great Harry — Early Vicissitudes —  Our Rival, Chatham — Queen Bess at Woolwich — The Spanish Armada — More Rivals — Old Woolwich not Healthy —  Sir Walter Raleigh — East India Company at Woolwich — Founding the Indian Empire — Woolwich under James I — Royal Patronage.

Chapter XX: A Great State Trial at Woolwich
The Story of Phineas Pett — The Royal Court at Woolwich — The Great Trial.

Chapter XXI: Under the Stuarts
Prince Henry’s Affection for Woolwich — Annie of Denmark — Prince Henry’s Fate — The King of Denmark — Decline of James I — His Death — Charles I — A Visit to Woolwich — The Chronic Fluctuation of Trade — A National Crisis —   The Royal Sovereign — State Rewards — Death of Phineas Pett — More of the Family — Remnants of the Race — The Dockyard in 1633 — Ancient Limits — The Privilege of Chips.

Chapter XXII: The Commonwealth and the Restoration
The Protectorate — The First Dry Dock — Gunpowder on the Thames — War with the Dutch — Press-gangs — Woolwich Prosperous and Envied — Arrears of Wages  — Changing Colours — Cromwell and Woolwich — Captain Badiley — The Hill Boundary — Loose Supervision — Charles II — Extensions and Dimensions in 1663 — Holidays — Royal Visits — Catharine of Braganza — Strikes for Pay — Anxious Times — The Plague — Horrors Accumulate — Letter from Chris. Pett — War, Pestilence, and Famine — Prisoners of War at Woolwich — John Evelyn — Fire of London — Invasion — The Town in Peril — Peace — Consequences — The Sunken Ships — Fortification of  Woolwich  — Forced Labour — Kingly Toothache.

Chapter XXIII: Pepys at Woolwich
The Prince of Diarists, Samuel Pepys — His Connection with Woolwich — The Assurance Capsized — Woolwich no Garrison — Sly work — Flying the Plague — The Plague at Woolwich — The Great Fire — Threatened by the Dutch — A Woolwich Hermit — James II and William III — Shish, Father and Son — Unpaid Workmen — Coercion —  Improvements and Enlargements — George II — The Ten Trees — George III — The Tale of the Royal George.

Chapter XXIV: The Later Days at the Dockyard
Arctic Expeditions — Sir John Franklin — Lost in the Ice – Sir J. Ross — Royal Embarkations — Royal Early Rising — The Trafalgar — The Royal Albert — The Last Extension – Height of Glory — The Allied Sovereigns — Crimean War —  The End — Who Closed the Dockyard? — The Question Answered — Ruin and Migration — Fate of the Old Yard — Great Storm — Lifeboats — Accidents — List of Woolwich Ships.

Chapter XXV: Ancestry of the Royal Arsenal
How it was not Created — Source of Error — In Embryo — Date of Birth — A Venerable Witness — Woolwich Church — The Breaches at Plumstead — The Tower at Woolwich — What was it? — The Germ of the Arsenal — What it has been — Woolwich Ropeyard — Its Origin — Ropeyard and Warren Combined — Stepping Back 100 Years — A Naval Descent — The Stuart Kings — The East India Company, and the Conquest of India — The Civil War — The Protector — Charles II — Pepys at the Ropery — The Plague — A Clerkly Ropemaker — Cheats in the Ropewalk — Strikes — William III — Labour Lost — Fires — Finis.

Chapter XXVI: Infancy of the Royal Arsenal
Woolwich Warren or Woolwich Green — Tower Place — Early Ordnance Departments.

Chapter XXVII: Prince Rupert at the Royal Arsenal
Rupert’s Life and Character — His Warrant — Fortifying the Warren — Duration of the Defences — A Sickly Spot — Rupert’s Palace — His Death — Introduction of Gunnery — The Rabbit Warren — The Maker of Fireworks — New Forts — The Enemy of Woolwich.

Chapter XXVIII: Growth of the Royal Arsenal
Early Expansions — Gunnery Science — Gun carriages — Laboratory — Borgard — The Moorfields Explosion — Andrew Schalch — The Old Foundry — An Impetus — Departmental Seniority — Officers’ Quarters — The First Laboratory — The Carriage Yard — Extensions in Plumstead — Former Offices — A Chapel in the Arsenal — Historic Window — Dial Square — Royal Military Academy — More Batteries Built — The Marquis of Granby — Progress and Change — A Flourishing Place — Another Fire — Gunpowder Trials.

Chapter XXIX: Baptism of the Royal Arsenal
The First Royal Record — Beanfeast — An Inventor — Middle-age — The Second Academy — Departure of the Cadets — The Royal Artillery — Ordnance Storehouse — Sandby’s Sketch — Change of Name — The “Royal Arsenal”.

Chapter XXX: Enlarging the Royal Arsenal
Extensions and Accidents — A Mischance Repeated — Shrapnel Shell — Rockets — Detonation — Tubes and Fuses —  Marsh, the Arsenal Chemist — The Momentum of 184O — Before Steam — The Steam Age — Wharf and Wall — The Convicts — Proof Butt — Coal-dock — Canal — Convict Burials — The Ferry — East Wharf — Arsenal Piers — The First Pier — The “T” Pier — Iron Pier — Shipping Horses for the Crimea — The Outer Wharf — Practice Range —  Queer Fancies — The Outer Boundaries — A Pitiful Story — Why is the Wall so High? — An Extinct Gate — Old Borders — Cole Fields — Smuggling — Main Gate — The Arsenal Bell — The Arsenal Middle Gates — Precautions — Watering Time.

Chapter XXXI: The Mid-Century Impulse at the Arsenal
Sir John Anderson — His Account of the Impulse — Creating the Shell Foundry — The Small Arms Factory at Enfield — The Powder Mills at Waltham — Sir Frederick Abel — Growth of the Arsenal — The Armstrong Gun Factory — Improved Guns — War with Russia — Inventors — Mr Francis Pellatt — Later Days — Queen Victoria — Over-zeal —  The Girls’ Cartridge Factory — Its Abolition — The Thunderer Gun Trials — New Berber — Powder Magazines.

Chapter XXXII: The Convict Period
Punishment by Contract — Convict Labour – The Hulks — Convict News — Building the Arsenal Wharf — Notable Escapes — Prison Fever — Strange Verdict — A Queer Joke — Disasters – Exodus.

Chapter XXXIII: The Ordnance Departments
The Sister Works — Enfield – Waltham Abbey — Succession Lists of Officers at Royal Gun Factories — Royal Laboratory — Royal Carriage Department — Ordnance Department — Works Department — Machinery Department — Shipping Department — The Great Impulse of 1885 — More Envy and Enmity — Accusations and Inquisitions — Eardley Maitland — A Table of Fluctuations — Reorganization — Number of Workmen of all Trades — Details of Staff and Workpeople in Carriage Department — Ditto, Laboratory — Ditto, Gun Factories — Ditto, Machinery Department — Ditto, Ordnance Department — Ditto, Works Department — ditto, Chemical Department, &c. — Grand Aggregate of Men and Wages — Consolidation — Inspection — Pensions.

W. T. Vincent: A Potted Biography

 

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Records of the Woolwich District vol. II, by W. T. Vincent

Records of the Woolwich District vol II was originally published in 1890, and covers Abbey Wood, Bexley, Charlton, Eltham, Erith, Kidbrook, North Woolwich, Plumstead, Shooters Hill, Welling, and Wickham, as well as additional topics on Woolwich. It includes over 200 illustrations, plus 45 photographic portraits of local men of influence. The book includes many old maps, is rich in the main institutions of churches, schools, charities and industries, and also includes topography, and notable events, making it invaluable for the local historian, family historian, and others with connections to the area around Woolwich.
This FamLoc edition is a slight modification: there have been changes to format and punctuation. However, the grammar and prose has been faithfully retained, other than changes to a handful of typographical errors and the very few instances where clarity was required.

Click HERE to buy Records of the Woolwich District vol. II online.

Chapters and Contents of Records of the Woolwich District vol. II:

Chapter XXXIV: Woolwich Garrison: Its origin
Birth of Gunnery – The Adam of Artillery – The Term “Ordnance” – A Train of Artillery – General Borgard – His Diary – Officers’ Mess – New Barracks – Repository – General Pattison – Old Mess Rooms – Commissions – General Belford – General Brome – A Change – School – Barrack Field – The Old Scene Revived – Woolwich and Charlton Commons as they Were – An Extinct Road – Old Settlers – Sale of the Common – Eltham Manor – The Transfer – Acts of Parliament – Shooters’ Hill Woods – Area of the Commons – Its Loneliness – Old Gates – “Naw Cross” on the Barrack Field – Royal Artillery Barracks – Soldiers’ Huts – Army Service Corps Barracks – Royal Marines – Cambridge Barracks – Woolwich Marines Disbanded – Red Barracks – Fashionable George Street.

Chapter XXXV: The Gentlemen Cadets
Royal Military Academy – The First Establishment – Cadet Gunners – The Second Academy – Old Times, Old Manners – Cadets’ Tails – Cadets’ Servants – Absence Excuses – The Third Academy – The Practical Class – Notable Events – Fires – The Old Boundary – Modern Days – Sir John Adye – List of Governors, &c.

Chapter XXXVI: Old Soldiering
Inspection and Dinner – Royal Early Rising – Hard Times for the Royal Artillery – The Repository – Sir William Congreve – Rotunda – Gibraltar Model – Bank-note Cinder – Sir Alexander Dickson – Haunt of Birds – Repository Ponds – Mortar Battery – Risky Work – Royal Artillery Institution – Royal Artillery Races – A Cadet Riot – Gas-light – Flogging – Uniform in 1840 – Arms – Royal Reviews – Royal Rivals – Royal Artillery Mess – The Queen’s Coronation – Military Feasts – Louis Napoleon – The Queen’s Wedding – The Queen and Prince Albert – The Siege Train – Peace Rejoicings – Fireworks – Uniform in 1854 – County Review – Early Volunteers – Royal Artillery Band – Sims Reeves – The Mounted Band – Its Dissolution – Trophies – Crimean Memorial – Garrison Church – Theatre and Recreation Rooms – Garrison Pantomimes – Lord Herbert.

Chapter XXXVII: Corps and Barracks
Land Transport Corps – Commissariat and Transport – Origin and Vicissitudes – Revolt – Guard Mounting – The Hero of Kars – Non-coms.’ Ball – Sappers and Miners – Evening Music – Grand Depot and Clothing Store – A Turk’s Burial.

Chapter XXXVIII: Distinguished Soldiers
Gordon – His Youth – His Birthplace – His Death – Prince Arthur – His Majority – The Coffee Tavern – The Prince Imperial – The Flower Show – The Prince as a Cadet – His Death and Funeral – Memorials – Soldiers of Renown – Congreve’s Artifice – The Royal Artillery Family – Masters-General – Directors-General – Inspectors-General – Woolwich Commandants – Quartermaster-Generals – Brigade-Majors and Adjutant-Generals – Secretaries Royal Artillery Institution – Cavalry at Woolwich – Infantry Regiments – Militia – Census of Garrison – Religious Census – A Military Burns.

Chapter XXXIX: North Woolwich
An Ancient Place – Wyck-lands – Manor of Woolwich – The Tile-house – The Old Ferry a Royal Ferry – Descent of the Ferry – Another Ferry – Charlton Ferry – Charlton Pier – Barge-house Ferry – Arsenal Ferry – A Ferry Company – The Free Ferry – Duval’s House – Old North Woolwich – A Solitary Railway Station – The Old Barge-house – North Woolwich Town – Eccentric Boundaries – An Extinct Waterway – Camp at North Woolwich – Barking – Barking Church – Barking Creek – How Woolwich Crossed the River – The Great Eastern Railway – A Phantom Railway – Pavilion Gardens – Henley’s Telegraph Works – Beckton and the Docks – Dagenham Level – Modern North Woolwich – Alliance with South Woolwich – The Free Ferry – The River Between – Poetic Praise – Gas-light and Coke Company – Royal Albert Docks – A Big Boom – The Census – Church and Schools.

Chapter XL: Early Records of Plumstead
The Manor at the Conquest – The Name of Plumstead – Ancient Valuation – Hops – The Church – Lesness Abbey – The Low Lands – The River-Wall – The Old Beach – A Vanished Highway – The Fisher-village – Strand Field – Relics – Cole-fields – Wall-Scot – An Obsolete Creek – The True Romance of Abbey Wood – The Abbey and Roman Dock – Abbey Ruins – Origin of Lesness – De Lucy’s Tomb and the Bay Tree – Plan of the Abbey – Recent Devastation – Present Ruins – Views of the Ruins – The Abbot’s Thorn – The Old Barn – Modern Search – Roman Settlement – More Old Roads – Abbey Wood Lane – Timbercroft Lane – High Grove Lane – The Monks of Old – Verses on Lesness Abbey – What We may See at Abbey Wood – Supposed Subterranean Passage – Dissolution of the Abbey – Will Godwyn.

Chapter XLI: Royal Records of Plumstead
Boughton and Thomas Cromwell – Cardinal Wolsey and Cromwell – Shakespeare Quoted – A Friend at Court – Cromwell’s Perquisites – Division of Spoil – Local Wrath – Robert Cokys – Cromwell at Plumstead – His Fall – Henry VIII at Plumstead – Boughton’s Luck – Queen Elizabeth and the Marshes – The Builders of the River-Wall – The Marsh Reclaimed – Descent of the Manor of Plumstead – Queen Bess at Plumstead – Thomas Fisher – The Old Manor-house – Elizabeth’s Progresses and Presents – Her Character – Sir John Perrott – The Stuarts.

Chapter XLII: Rural Records of Plumstead
A Plan of Old Plumstead – Former Land-owners – Village Rule – Wild Beasts at Plumstead – Coroner Tasker – Wedded by Purchase – Defunct Workhouses – The Cage – Park Farm – A Threatened Duel – Plumstead Park Estate – St. Nicholas Fair – The Market – The Dukes of Suffolk – Bostall Heath – Delightfully Wild – The Name of Bostall – Verses – Bostall Wood – Lodge Lane – Goldie Leigh – Dene-holes – Chalk Galleries and Caves – Wickham Lane Valley – Roman Remains – A Find at Dawson Street – Age of Wickham Lane – Plumstead Common – The Old Mill – A Famous Plumstead Murder – Bodle’s Farm – Inquest – Trial – Verdict – Acquittal – Career and Confession.

Chapter XLIII: Burrage Town and New Plumstead
West Plumstead – The Boughtons – Wilson and Crisp – The Maxeys and Pattisons – Burwash Court – Martin’s Lane – Bickerdike’s School – The Arsenal Station – The Last of Burghesh House – Burrage Town in 1839 – Volunteer Battery – Four Manors – The Manor House – Shrewsbury House – Herbert Estate – The Painter of “The Foundling” – Brambleberry House – Plumstead Ague – The Marshes in 1844 – Plumstead in 1840 – Street Names.

Chapter XLIV: Religious Records of Plumstead
The Trials of St. Nicholas – Vicars of Plumstead – Simony in the Stuart Days – Another Delinquent – More Stir – The Church 300 Years Ago – Civil Marriages – The Gossages – Lidgbird, Cook, and Pattison – Free School – The Church in Ruins – Ancient Dimensions – Masons’ Marks – Poetical Tombstones – Tablets – The Churchyard – St. Margaret’s – Ecclesiastical Districts – St. James’s – Pattison and Hudson Memorials – All Saints’ – St. John the Baptist – The First Chapel in Plumstead – Methodism – Ebenezer – Plumstead Common Chapel – Conduit Road Baptist Chapel – Primitive Methodism – Robert Street Chapel – Eglinton Road Chapel – Crescent Road Chapel – The Tabernacle – Union Church – Bible Christians – Clifton Castle Mission-hall – Plumstead Charities – The Almshouses – The High Schools.

Chapter XLV: Growth and Government of Plumstead
Population – Local Government – First Steps – The First Paving – Old Habits – Poor Law – Parish Offices – Sot’s Hole – The Common as it Was – The Plumstead Common Shindy – Distant Rumblings – The Challenge – Law – Judgment – The Military Claims – The Common Destroyed – Tardy Rescue – John De Morgan – The Attack – The Trial – Sentence, Remission, and Release – A Great Demonstration – Peace Once More – Lost in Snow – Poor Law Unions – Plumstead District Board – Metropolitan Board – London County Council – No River Front – A Canal Projected – No Water-way – White Hart Estate – The Southern Outfall

Chapter XLVI: The Erith Explosion
Seen from Woolwich – Early on the Spot – The Victims – The Cause – A New Peril – The Sensation in Town.

Chapter XLVII: Lesness and Erith
Neighbours – Abbey Wood – Origin of Names – Belvedere – Manors of Lesness and Erith – Erith Church – Magna Charta – A Venerable Record – Mayor of Erith – Old Names – Coinage – Amusements in 1790 – Belvedere Park – Erith a Royal Dockyard – Nonconformity – All Saints’, Belvedere – The Independents – Northumberland Heath Chapel – Houses and Population.

Chapter XLVIII: Bexley and Bexleyheath
Bexley Parish – Old Name – A Marvellous Baby – Lord Bexley – Bexley Church – Five Times Wed – New Church – Old Parsonage – Manor House – Church Districts – Charities – School – Government – Bexley Fair – Hall Place – Dene-holes – Nonconformity – Bexley Heath – The First Chapel – Modern Buildings – Market Gardens – Blendon.

Chapter XLIX: East Wickham and Welling
Kent Outside London – Gavel-kind – Wealth – East Wickham – Sir John Leigh – East Wickham House – Pedigree of the Manor – Hamlet of Welling – The Church – An Ancient Brass – Parish School – Anonymous Charity – The Name of Wickham – Well End – Danson – Welling Chapel – Swingate Lane – Wickham and Plumstead – Census of Erith, Bexley and East Wickham – The Telegraph, Kent.

Chapter L: On Shooters’ Hill
View from Shrewsbury Lane – The Roman Road – Fortification – The Shooters – Henry VIII a-Maying – Anne of Cleves – The Civil War – The Road a Border-line – The Beacon Fire – Telegraph—Where Stood the Beacon? – In Plumstead – The Use of Beacons – Map of Kentish Beacons – Watch and Ward – Shrewsbury Park – Princess Charlotte – A Gaming Affair – Gas Invented – A Prehistoric Monument – Tower House – Severndroog Castle – The Prospect – Pleasant Resort – The Story of Severndroog – Medicinal Springs – On the Hill-top – Our Mineral Well – Analysis – Other Wells – A Lost Chance –  A Cemetery proposed on Shooters’ Hill – A Town on Shooters’ Hill – A Crescent – Foiled Hopes – A Big Bore – The Sun-in-the-Sands – Proposed Fortress – Linnæus and the Gorse – Road-side Strips – The Road Transformed – Robbers – Knights of the Road – Smugglers – The Old Bull – The First Church – The Catherine Wheel – The Red and Golden Lions – Highwaymen – Dick Turpin – A Bad Name – Hanged and Gibbeted – Lord Byron – A Serious Frolic – The “Hill of Blood” – A Tragedy – Woolwich in the Drama – Christ Church – The Cottage Hospital – Hot Air Balloons.

Chapter LI: Round Shooters’ Hill
Geological Section – Springs and Valleys – Nightingale Brook – A Reservoir – The Border-line – Boundary of Charlton – Boundary of Plumstead – The Slade – The Source of the River Quaggy – The Chalk Scarp – Under Woolwich – Water Supply – Plumstead Water-works – Revealed Strata – The “Woolwich Beds” – Sections of the Thames.

Chapter LII: Old Charlton
At the Conquest – A Royal Manor – The Name – King James and Sons – Prince Henry and his Tutor – The Prince and the Butcher – Prince Henry’s Wit – The Old Church – The Charlton Estates – The Wilsons of Old – The Wilsons of Today – Charlton House – A Roman Relic – Cypress Trees – Legends of Charlton – Horn Fair in the Olden Time – The Name of the Fair – Horn and Ladle – Another Source – Evil Prosperity – The Safest Theory – Suggested Source of the Legend – Corniculate Masonry – The Later Years of Horn Fair – The Fair Removed – Cadets’ Riot – Colonel Drayson’s Tale of Horn Fair – The End – Charlton Green – Old Sketches – Its Fate – The First Slice – The Last Morsel – A Curious Picture – Cage and Stocks – The First and Second Rectories – The Third Rectory – Cherry Orchard – Royalty at Charlton.

Chapter LIII: Charlton, Old and New
H.R.H. Princess Louise – The Story of Queen Caroline – The Roupell Estate – The Great Chalkpits – The Old Church – Monuments – Two State Tragedies – Dr. Charles Hutton – Rectors of Charlton – Charities – The Old Vestry and Parish School – Church Plate – The Old Account-books – Vestry Records – Village Law – The Charlton Guard – A Poor-house Wanted – Hanging Wood Robbers – Fossil-beds – Ancient Camp – Hanging Wood Lane – East Combe – Sir W. Congreve – West Combe Park – Charlton in 1848 – Little Heath – The Soldiers’ Mile – A Road through the Park – Bull Pit – Horse Infirmary – Charlton Common – Through the Wood – Pound Park – Graham’s Flower-show – The Village in 1800 – The Bugle Horn in 1875 – Departed Landmarks – The Gibbets – The Parish School – A Native Poet – The Churchyard Closed – The Cemetery – St. Paul’s – Holy Trinity – Dutch Almshouses – People – Rates and Rating – District Board of Works.

Chapter LIV: The Liberty of Kidbrook
Once a Parish – Constitution – Growth – Name – The Ancient Church – Church Ruins – History of the Manor – Rectors of Kidbrook – St. James’s – Baptist Chapel – Wricklemarsh – Morden College – Old Court – Romantic Legend – Well Hall – Ancient Remains – Kidbrook Lane – Lee Road – Mrs. Roper and Sir Thomas More – Well Hall Green – Extinct Names – New Well Hall – The Farm – A Famous Watchmaker – Relics – The Battle of Kidbrook – Gipsies.

Chapter LV: Eltham
A Venerable Village – The “Old Home” – Ancient State – Tapestry – Underground – Antiquity – John of Eltham – Eltham’s Glory – Renovation and Decay – The Virgin Queen – The Parks – Outrivalled – Eltham Coinage – Public Worship – Water and Gas – People – Parliamentary – Acreage – Mottingham – South-end – Eltham Park – Park Farm Place – Eltham Lodge – Avery Hill – Eltham at Shooters’ Hill – Kidbrook Lane Murder – In Memory of Jane Maria Clousen.

Chapter LVI: memorable Events
Royal Visits – The Shah of Persia – A Royal Drink – The Czar – The Gladstone Day – The Specials of 1867 – Tumult – Riot in 1730 – The Dockyard Chips – Buffaloes and Hyenas – The Murphy Riots – Death of Rector Brown.

Chapter LVII: A Chapter of Explosions
A Peculiar Population – Gigantic Disasters – A Lesson Dearly Taught – Seven Dead – Rocket-shed Explosion – Four Victims – Penalties of Peace – 20,000 Squibs – Another Explosion of 1856 – The Deed of a Thoughtless Boy – Fifty five in Peril – Twenty four Burnt – Five Deaths – Explosions not of Gunpowder – The Fish Torpedo – Gun-cotton Explosion – The Great Explosion of War Rockets – A Witness – Outside the Arsenal – False Reports – The Inquest – Shoeburyness Explosion – Two Minor Explosions.

Chapter LVIII: Thames Disasters
The Greatest Affliction of the Age – The Princess Alice – Ghastly Sights – Telling the Dread News – The Newspapers – Seekers for the Dead – Funerals – Inquests – Diverse Verdicts – The Number of Dead – Memorial Cross – The Graves – Captain Grinstead – Terrible Tale of a Fog – A Dreadful Day – The Victims – Wasted Research – Public Generosity – The Training Ships – The Goliath – Fire and Tempest – The Warspite – Ship on Fire – Pent-up – Down the Hold – Abandoned – The Finish – The Cause – Press Reporting – Nothing Traced.

Chapter LIX: Mishaps and Tragedies
An Icy Grave – An Ill-winged Bullet – The Tomb – The Cat O’ nine tails – Strange Verdict – The Shooting of Bombardier Grice – A Good Defence – A Crime in the Cambridge Barracks – A Death Blow – Mark Councill’ s Vengeance – Before the Act – The Shot – Trial – A Sad Affair – Verdict – Nemesis – The Story of Eliza Wilson – The Lovers – The Shop Next Door – Sunday Night – Stabbed to the Heart – The Open Window – After the Crime.

Chapter LX: Wilful Murder
Murders and Arson in Mulgrave Place – Squire Parker – The Midnight Assassin – Inquest – Arrest – A Bad Career – Brought Back – Justice Avenged – Murder on Parade – Public Funeral – The Murderous Bayonet – Widow Browning – A Sailor’s Vengeance – The Receiving Ships – The Murderer – The Victim – The Sin of Cain – Justice – A Ghastly Relic – Murder in the Arsenal – “Worse Luck” – A Slave and Her Master – The Dusthole – Was it Murder? – The Plumstead Poisoner – A Strange Character – The Cottage at Plumstead – A Deathbed Accusation – A Ride – Motive – Equity.

 

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