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Offline borstalboy

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Re: Borstal Village
« Reply #3 on: May 11, 2015, 17:09:08 »
Ta. I've now completed the history - all 32 A4 pages of it. The Medway Archives & Local Studies Centre in Strood has a copy of it if anyone's interested. It covers the period 1840 - 1914.

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Re: Borstal Village
« Reply #2 on: December 05, 2014, 15:19:24 »
Hi,
  If you put Borstal in the search box on the Main Kent History Forum page, you will find 6 pages of threads linked to Borstal. By the time you have read through that lot you should accumulate a lot of data you need. Good Luck  :)

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Borstal Village
« Reply #1 on: December 05, 2014, 14:21:49 »
I'm researching a history I am writing of Borstal village, near Rochester, roughly in the 1860-1920 time frame. I'm particularly interested in the West family, who were blacksmiths whose forge was on the site where my house stands between 1870 and 1917. I wonder if anyone has any photos of this site, which wasn't demolished till 1932, or even of the Wests themselves: father Frederick John or son Frederick James. Also, any other information or photos would be welcome, especially of the cement works or Borstal House, the 'big house' that used to be on Manor Lane.

 

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