The name Chislehurst literally means `a stony place in the woods'. A somewhat appropriate name to keep in mind as Joanna Friel explores the secrets of Chislehurst. Evidence of Chislehurst's rich heritage can be seen embedded throughout the streets of this district, highlighting that Chislehurst remains a special place of distinctive character. It is, indeed, no ordinary suburb.
Using vast knowledge of the area, Joanna Friel provides her readers with a brilliant look into the secrets of the area. From visually obvious fragments of the past that still exist to those lesser-known facts. For instance, did you know that an ingenious communication system erected on the town's highest hill supposedly prevented an invasion by Napoleon Bonaparte, or that a local death sparked the ruin of a leader of the Irish Home Rule Movement? From locals looking for a nostalgic look back into their district to touring visitors, this book provides an excellent alternative view into the covert aspects of Chislehurst.
Joanna Friel is a history graduate from The University of Sheffield in 1981. Joanna has now rekindled her interest in local heritage by leading the History Group of the Chislehurst Society. Taking a particular interest in Sir John Lubbock, after whom the road she lives in is named, along with other eminent Victorians, Joanna is keen to bring the past alive for the next generation. The Chislehurst Society was formed in 1934 as a residents association, and is now a charity with over 3,500 members. The History Group is a sub-group working to produce information on the rich heritage of Chislehurst. The society supports this publication and welcomes questions, comments and information at all times. www.chislehurst-society.org.uk.