History of Maypole, Dartford Heath

Welcome to the Homepage for those interested in the history of the area known as Maypole Estate, Kent, England,and now also including Dartford Heath, and the immediate surrounding areas including - Baldwyns Park, Joydens Wood, Coldblow, Wansunt, Leyton Cross etc.

Some video clips of the area are now available on YouTube - some go back 30 years. Go to the 'Video' button at the top of the screen and find them there.

The 'members' search facility button doesn't work at present. To look for members, go to your browser and enter http://maypolehistory.wikifoundry.com/accountSearch - it then comes up with the members. Put in the FULL address, including http://. Once leaving the members section, get back to it by hitting the “previous” arrow as many times as necessary until eventually reaching back to the Members’ section.
Hit the below link and it should take you there

Owing to this website not being fully viewable on ipad / iphone / tablets etc. we are
transferring the information to a new website This site - as it stands at 29th February 2020 - will still remain.
The updated website can be found on
we will keep this wikifoundry site open but the above website will be the one containing any further updates

Maypole Estate - welcome - History of Maypole, Dartford Heath

Below - general area of original research - Ordnance Survey map 1898

Maypole Estate - welcome - History of Maypole, Dartford Heath

Below - same map with superimposed main houses in Victorian times

Maypole Estate - welcome - History of Maypole, Dartford Heath

Tip 'Search this site' box (top right) is not currently working on Wiki sites. Quick Links: Extremely interesting aerial photos of the area c1930s

Selection of photos. Previous reunions - pictures

Memories 2013 reunion at Maypole School

Site last updated 30/05/2020 0949hrs.
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Photo of Bexley Hospital gates
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Gruesome 'Goings On', on Dartford Heath
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If you wish to add to the site with any of your memories / requests then please E Mail us on maypoleontheweb2@aol.co.ukor enter the wetpaint domain We aim to respond to all E Mailes within a few days. Sometimes quicker

Some pages now contain video footage. Click here to locate them.
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Bexley Historical Society link.

North Kent Family History Society link. NWKFHS

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The History of Maypole Team believe they have the most comprehensive records of this area held to date and stored in one place.

Maypole Estate - homepage - History of Maypole, Dartford Heath

Looking towards Hospital Gates c1910. Denton Terrace visible but school not yet built.

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Maypole Estate - homepage - History of Maypole, Dartford Heath

Looking towards Bexley Hospital Gates 1946 in direction of Bexley.
See some very precious memories which may jog yours !

The most beautiful discovery two friends can make is that they can grow separately without growing apart.

We urge you to read the below to get a feel for the area in bygone times

Memories of Kim Button
Memories of Susan Kirby
Memories of Audrey Jackson
More memories of Audrey Jackson
Memories of Tony Helyar
Memories of Ann Martin
Memories of Pat Richardson
Memories of Sheila Houlton
More memories of Sheila Houlton
Memories of Perran Newman
Memories of Barbara Houlton
Wheels - Perran Newman
Memories of Frankie Gemmell
Information from Janet Lee
Memories of Bernard Lodge
Memories of Stuart Grieve
The Tea Stall on the heath - Sheila Houlton
Memories of Steven Parker (Member name 'Masey')
David Bainbridge
Peter Walker
Memories of Tony Helyar - Baldwyns Park Pavillion
Memories of Barbara Thomas (Now Joss)
Memories of Margaret Cadman
Memories of Michael Jennings
Memories of the late Alfred Peters
Memories of Barbara Ireland
Memories of Derek LOTT
Memories of John BURTON
Memories of Edmund Wainer and Heathwood
Memories of Ronnie Potter
Memories of Lee Smith
Memories of Robin Healey
Memories of Richard Wight
Memories of Barbara Rivers
Memories of Ron Evans
Memories of Jerry Wilkins
Memories of Janet Cushion (nee Winter)
Memories of Nicholas Milsum
Memories of Susan SMITH (Now DRAPER)
Memories of 'Smudger Smith'
Memories about Antony Wilkinson R.I.P
Memories of Charlotte Eliza Grimshaw and Reginald Grimshaw
Memories of Dorothy Grimshaw and Sidney Riches
Memories of Vince Cross
More memories of Sheila Houlton 50 Baldwyns Road
Memories of Mrs Mary Relf - nee West - teacher at Maypole School 1960-1962
Memories of Sandra Webb re the Hogans of Baldwyns Road
Memories of the King family who lived in Beaconsfield Road for 80 years

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Above - Ordnance Survey c1869