Higham in Old Photographs, compiled by Andrew Rootes and Sue Williams
Published by the Higham Village History Group in 2004, 88 pages. A4 size softback (N5388)
This book is a fascinating collection of nearly 180 black and white photographs showing the streets, buildings and people of the Kent village of Higham in years and decades gone by....
From the front inside cover: Higham will always be associated with Dickens. But its past has also been shaped by the Thames, the canal, the boats that plied them both, the second-longest tunnel in the country, a Tudor blockhouse, a priory, a windmill. a
Napoleonic telegraph station, the Falstaff of Shakespeare, a lost village and a national reputation as the haunt of highwaymen. The list is longer than we might at first realise....
Against this backdrop, there has been an unfolding tapestry of more ordinary lives - the land they farmed, the shops they ran, the characters they were, the socities they formed, and the buildigs they left behind. Some of these we may just about remember, and some may have vanished long before we came here. But all of these things, in their own way, helped make the village what it is now.
This book is not a detailed history but rather a pictorial collection..... of the village's past. As the Victorian age ended and the 20th century began its accelerating journey towards a new millennium, so the changes seemed to come faster and faster. But cameras ensured that at least some of the streets and the fields and the people who once lived here were recorded for posterity.
The condition of the book is generally good. The covers are clean and bright, the spine is tight and intact, and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound. Please note the left and right hand edges of the book curve gently upwards from where it has been stored flat on the shelves, and there is an old price printed on the rear side cover that has been crossed out in pen, as well as a further small price sticker.