The Society holds an archive of 30,000 images of Blackheath. Many of these have been digitised and are publicly accessible on our sister website, www.blackheatharchive.org. We are continually adding more images to this website.
Visit The Archive
The archive materials are increasingly diverse and now include video and sound files, as well as images, and we plan to continue to add these to the publicly accessible archive as quickly as possible.
These photographs are based on the collection of our President, Neil Rhind MBE FSA. The current online material includes 2,900 images, with 21 galleries about the Heath and 31 on the Village.
Other Archive Materials
Our archive materials are increasingly diverse and now include video and sound files, as well as images, and we plan to continue to add these to the publicly accessible archive as quickly as possible. We also have a number of newspaper articles, derived from the British Newspaper Archive www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk which reflect historical events in Blackheath.
Thus on 18 Nov 1736, the Caledonian Mercury reported:
Wednesday Night betwixt 6 and 7 a- clock, Mr. Rofe of Charlton in Kent, was attacked on Blackheath by two Highwaymen, who robbed him of a Bank Note of £20. a Silver Watch, and 26s. in Silver after which they tied his Legs under the Horse's Belly, took off his Bridle, and then made off.
On 31 Dec 1748, The Ipswich Journal reported:
On Thursday last Capt. Smith of the Spencer, a Baltick Trader, was attack'd by a single Highwayman, on Blackheath, who robb'd him of nine Guineas. The Fellow was soon afterwards taken by two Persons coming with a Dung-Cart, who knock'd him off his Horse, notwithstanding he fired a Pistol at them. He proved to be one Hawes, a Smuggler, and has for some Time past infested those Roads, He Was carried before a Justice at Charlton, who committed him, under a strong Guard, to Rochester Gaol.
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