RepositoryLondon Borough of Bromley Archives
LevelCollection
Ref No704
TitleHORSBURGH'S HISTORY OF BROMLEY
Date1899- 1979
Administrative HistoryIn 1908, through the initiative of W. J. Harris, Borough Librarian, a committee was founded under the chairmanship of Philip Norman, to produce a history of Bromley. Norman was to be either the author or a general editor. However little progress was made by the time war halted work completely.
The project was revived in 1921 and a new committee formed, including many original members, under George Weekes. It was arranged that E.L.S. Horsburgh B.A. lecturer and author, who taught in Bromley, 1881 - 91, would write the history from material research submitted by the committee (sole exception was the chapter on the Manor and the Palace written by Philip Norman).
The book took over 5 years to prepare and the papers cover most aspects of its production and attendant difficulties. They also reflect the considerable involvement and influence of the committee.
The history was finally published in November 1929 and by 1932 all copies had been sold. The committee was dissolved and its papers deposited with Bromley Library. The history was reprinted in 1971 and 1980 and these further papers are included here.
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