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Arthur Henry Thomas Boswell was born on the 13th June 1880 in East Wickham, Kent. Boswell was both a keen amateur historian and a professional photographer. His pride and joy was his vast collection of photographic images of the Bexley district. The images were mainly taken in the first half of the twentieth century and are of a range of subjects including people, buildings, streets events and rural life in and around Bexley, Bexleyheath, Crayford, Welling and East Wickham. When Boswell died in 1966 his step daughter, Violet Amelia McCarthy sold the entire collection to the London Borough of Bexley.
Bexley Local Studies and Archive’s postcard collection has been built up over many years and dates from the 1890s to the late twentieth century. The postcard collection features a wide variety of subjects from churches, to houses and buildings in the London Borough of Bexley to street scenes that have long since changed over time.
The Alfred Dewey Photographic Collection consists of glass plate negatives and photographic prints taken in and around Sidcup at the turn of the twentieth century. The photographs record a time when Sidcup was on the cusp of changing from a rural suburb of Kent to a metropolitan suburb of London. Subjects include: public houses, shop fronts mainly in Sidcup High Street; houses; group photographs of Sidcup police and firemen; wedding and other formal family and group portraits.
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