Volume 1 - Stone Age to 1914

Research into the early history of Hayes was a voyage of discovery in which long forgotten archives were discovered and fascinating people encountered, who stimulated my enthusiasm for the people who once lived in Hayes.  One highlight was a trip to Scotland, starting at Aberdeen University, moving to the North Highland Archives and finishing at Rattar. In the Fraser papers in Aberdeen can be found incredible details of the life of the villagers in Hayes over a period from the 1770s until Miss Marianne Fraser’s death at Hayes Grove in 1852.  At Rattar the engaging Miss Finlayson provided wonderful anecdotes about the earlier history of the Traill family of Hayes Place.

It was easy to be sidetracked as people’s history unfolded and some like the eccentric Revd Thomas Hussey, Rector of Hayes 1831-54, became a detective story as I tried to discover why a man from an aristocratic background ended his life in penniless exile.

With my interest in early schooling, Beatrice Russell and Grace Knopp, gave the pupils’ view before the First World War and William Plant’s family added to my knowledge of the man who was headmaster from 1874 – 1919.

Included in Volume 1:

Pickhurst Manor 1841
(Painting: Kadwell Portfolio, Bromley Library Archives from St Mary the Virgin, Hayes Church)

Hayes Village School
(Photograph: Miss M Fuller)

1900 Stirling Panhard owned by Everard Hambro
(Photograph: R Manning)

Early Victorian Hayes Church
(Painting: Hayes Church Archives)

Notable people who have lived in Hayes

Vicary Gibbs of Hayes Court Chief Justice of the Common Pleas
(Drawing: Kadwell Portfolio, Bromley Library Archives)

Lord Sackville Cecil Chairman of Exchange Telegraph Company
(Photograph: Kadwell Portfolio, Bromley Library Archives)

A few of the interesting facts from this volume

Some of the earliest known oil painted wooden panels, dating from the late 15th century, were discovered at Baston Manor and are now held by the Society of Antiquaries.

Thomas Worsdell, born in Hayes in 1788, made the tender for Stephenson’s locomotive, the Rocket.

Stephenson rocket and tender
(Drawing: Trevor Woodman, 1982)

Miss Wilhelmina Traill of Hayes Place became the first woman proprietor of the Royal Institution in 1805. She also introduced the plant Brugmansia Sanguinea (Red Angel’s Trumpets) into England, cultivated from seed brought from Ecuador.

Revd Thomas John Hussey, Rector of Hayes, 1831-1854, was the first astronomer to suggest the existence of a planet (later called Neptune) beyond Uranus.

Hayes Rectory 1851
(Drawing: Hayes Rectory in 1851 by Miss Wilhelmina Traill, Kadwell Portfolio, Bromley Library Archives)

Arthur Kinnaird, who lived at Pickhurst Manor as a teenager, became the first President of the Football Association.

Edward Wilson of Hayes Place introduced the steam plough to Hayes, Bromley and the local area in 1870.

Hayes Common was one of the first management schemes to be registered under the Metropolitan Commons Act of 1866.