Bob Ogley

Welcome to the News Shopper nostalgia column with Bob Ogley. Read an introduction from Bob, and if you have a story, photograph, letter or an anecdote to pass on, write to him at Bob Ogley, News Shopper, Mega House. Crest View Drive, Petts Wood, Kent BR5 1BT or email bobogley@globalnet.co.uk. You can also visit his website: frogletspublications.co.uk

19 childhood crazes and playground trends that define the 1980s

News Shopper: These things were all acceptable in the 80s

6:00am Monday 10th February 2014

HERE we take a fond look back at the crazes which swept classrooms and playgrounds back in the 1980s.

No television. No internet. A bacon sandwich a rare luxury. How would you cope in 1950s Orpington?

News Shopper: Author Michael Proom with mother Hilda and younger brother Billy.

1:50pm Monday 4th November 2013

A MAN who grew up in 1950s Orpington has documented his childhood memories in a new book that illustrates how vastly different life was 50 years ago.

Nostalgia: Bob Ogley looks back 20, 70 and 100 years ago

1:56pm Wednesday 23rd October 2013

1993: The memorial stone erected by the Metropolitan Police in memory of Det-Con John Fordham was vandalised.

Haunted by memory of Biggin Hill air fair crash

News Shopper: The moment of impact when a stricken Douglas Invader bomber crashed during the 1980 Biggin Hill air fair

1:54pm Wednesday 23rd October 2013

Older devotees of the Biggin Hill air fair, an event now sadly confined to history, may remember the tragic occasion when the pilot of a Second World War Douglas Invader bomber frantically attempted to pull out of a barrel roll and crashed in the valley, killing four British passengers, two American servicemen and the pilot.

Bob Ogley reflects on visit to First World War sites in Flanders

News Shopper: Bob Ogley following in his father’s  footsteps at Poperinge, in Flanders

1:50pm Wednesday 23rd October 2013

BOB OGLEY reflects on his recent visit to First World War sites in Flanders

Nostalgia: Bob Ogley looks back 20, 60 and 100 years ago

11:16am Wednesday 23rd October 2013

1993: The names of the five youths accused of being involved in the murder of Stephen Lawrence, the black 18-year-old A-level student, were named following information from a police informant and an identity parade.

Crossness pumping station's spectacular ornamental Victorian ironwork

News Shopper: Crossness pumping station

11:14am Wednesday 23rd October 2013

Pictured here is the Crossness pumping station, which was opened by the Prince of Wales in April 1865.

Sir Joseph Bazalgette: The man who cleaned up London

News Shopper: Sir Joseph Bazalgette

11:11am Wednesday 23rd October 2013

Soon after the new Palace of Westminster was opened by Queen Victoria more than 160 years ago, London suffered a sweltering hot summer.

Bromley development Site G has community and heritage

News Shopper: Davina Misroch (far left) with friends of Community G who helped to organise the Ethelbert Close street party recently

11:09am Wednesday 23rd October 2013

BOB OGLEY considers the impact a major proposal could have on Bromley.

Vintage photographs: Danson Lake in Bexleyheath’s Danson Park in 1955 and now

News Shopper: Danson Lake in Bexleyheath in 1955 reproduced by permission of the Francis Frith Collection, visit francisfrith.com

11:00am Friday 27th September 2013

NEWS Shopper has been taking a trip down memory lane to bring you images of our news patch in years gone by.

Vintage photographs: Spital Street in Dartford in 1902 and as it is now

News Shopper: Spital Street in Dartford in 1902 reproduced by permission of the Francis Frith Collection, visit francisfrith.com

11:00am Thursday 26th September 2013

NEWS Shopper has been taking a trip down memory lane to bring you images of our news patch in years gone by.

Vintage photographs: Pickhurst Park in Bromley in 1959 and now

News Shopper: Pickhurst Park in Bromley in 1959 reproduced by  permission of the Francis Frith Collection, visit francisfrith.com

11:00am Wednesday 25th September 2013

NEWS Shopper has been taking a trip down memory lane to bring you images of our news patch in years gone by.

Vintage photographs: Charlton in 1907 and as it is now

News Shopper: Maryon Road in Charlton in 1907	COURTESY OF GREENWICH HERITAGE SITE

11:00am Tuesday 24th September 2013

NEWS Shopper has been taking a trip down memory lane to bring you images of our news patch in years gone by.

Vintage photographs: Deptford Green in 1897 and now

News Shopper: Children play on Deptford Green in 1897

11:00am Monday 23rd September 2013

NEWS Shopper has been taking a trip down memory lane to bring you images of our news patch in years gone by.

Nostalgia: Bob Ogley looks back 20, 60 and 100 years ago

11:14am Friday 20th September 2013

1993: The names of the five youths accused of being involved in the murder of Stephen Lawrence, the black 18-year-old A-level student, were named following information from a police informant and an identity parade.

More of London and Kent's blue plaque characters

News Shopper: Thomas Crapper

11:12am Friday 20th September 2013

A few weeks ago, I promised I would mention a few more of the characters behind the famous blue plaques on the walls of many homes throughout London, and particularly in our area of metropolitan Kent.

Sidcup’s sedate bypass - can you believe the A20 ever looked like this?

News Shopper: Old Sidcup bypass opening

11:07am Friday 20th September 2013

This is a photograph of Sidcup bypass soon after its opening almost 80 years ago.

West Wickham heroine from ‘borders of insanity’

News Shopper: Elsy Borders

11:04am Friday 20th September 2013

Elsy Borders was a national heroine in the 1930s, says BOB OGLEY.

Nostalgia: Bob Ogley looks back 40, 70 and 100 years ago

12:09pm Wednesday 4th September 2013

1973: Fear gripped the commuter population of south London and north Kent following bombs at King’s Cross and Euston raiIway stations.

War veterans honoured by two nations

News Shopper: The Arctic Star medal

12:07pm Wednesday 4th September 2013

Following my story about the Battle of the Atlantic a few weeks ago I have received a letter from Claude Ernest Houghton of Dallin Road, Bexleyheath.

Government's Dartford Crossing tolls broken promise of 1999

News Shopper: In 1938, Ministry of Transport officials examined the new Dartford to Purfleet Tunnel

12:04pm Wednesday 4th September 2013

In February 1999, the government announced the Dartford River Crossing would be free of toll charges by the end of 2003.

The local heroes deserving of a blue plaque

News Shopper: Frank Bourne, the last survivor of Rourke’s Drift, lived in Beckenham

11:57am Wednesday 4th September 2013

There are local heroes, deserving of a blue plaque, says BOB OGLEY.

Nostalgia: Bob Ogley looks back 40, 70 and 100 years ago

12:23pm Wednesday 21st August 2013

1973: Work was about to begin on building a tunnel under the Channel to link the white cliffs of Dover with Sandgatte in Pas de Calais.

Did you see Denis Compton hit the winning runs?

12:19pm Wednesday 21st August 2013

IN THIS column two weeks ago I mentioned the time Sir Edmund Hilary and Sherpa Tenzing conquered Everest.

Orpington doctor’s bravery on tragic night at Biggin Hill

News Shopper: Dr Joe Mansi

12:08pm Wednesday 21st August 2013

TEN years ago I wrote an obituary about an Orpington GP who was greatly loved and respected by his patients and friends.

Victoria Cross heroes paved the way for our freedom

News Shopper: Major Alexander Malins Lafone

12:00pm Wednesday 21st August 2013

Victoria Cross recipients made the ultimate sacrifice, says BOB OGLEY.

Nostalgia: Bob Ogley looks back 50, 70 and 100 years ago

11:57am Friday 26th July 2013

1963: The Foreign Office is told Kim Philby, the former Foreign Office colleague of Guy Burgess and Donald Maclean, was the ‘Third Man’.

Merchant Navy memories

News Shopper: Here is a picture of men who had just finished their traning course at HMS Gordon in 1941. All of them had signed on for service with the Royal Navy but were invited to volunteer for the Merchant Navy instead

11:55am Friday 26th July 2013

My story about the Battle of the Atlantic has prompted two letters from readers.

Lord Wellington's final victory was against Crystal Palace sparrows

11:52am Friday 26th July 2013

While watching the coverage of Andy Murray winning Wimbledon, I was amused to learn a Harris hawk had been employed to scare away the pigeons who apparently enjoy the scraps left behind by tennis fans.

How postman delivered Coolings nursery

11:44am Friday 26th July 2013

As a garden centre marks its centenary, BOB OGLEY digs deep into its history.

Nostalgia: Bob Ogley looks back 30, 70 and 90 years ago

12:20pm Thursday 11th July 2013

1983: The Tories retained power, taking every seat in Kent. The majority of 144 was the biggest since Labour’s victory in 1945. Foreign Secretary Geoffrey Howe was invited to take residence at Chevening House in Sevenoaks.

Bob Hope - from Eltham to Hollywood

News Shopper: Bob Hope

12:05pm Thursday 11th July 2013

THE story of the stonemason’s son from Eltham, who was born poor, endured a number of rough years but slogged his way to stardom to become the richest and arguably the greatest comedian in the history of Hollywood, is one which has spawned books, TV documentaries, radio plays and newspaper stories.

How Ivor Novello went from choir to stardom

News Shopper: Ivor Novello

12:02pm Thursday 11th July 2013

A few weeks ago I wrote about a young composer who sat in a Romany caravan in Biggin Hill and composed a song we all sing today.

Recalling north Kent's role in Battle of the Atlantic

11:59am Thursday 11th July 2013

Hundreds of men from north Kent, lured by the proximity of the Thames and the sea, volunteered for service in the Merchant Navy before the start of hostilities in September 1939.

Nostalgia: Bob Ogley looks back 50, 60 and 100 years ago

12:54pm Wednesday 26th June 2013

1963: Gravesend, Dartford, and Erith said goodbye to the old ladies of the Thames, the sailing barges, which competed in races. Refuse disposal merchant Henry Dodd had the idea of racing barges on the Thames in 1863.

Congestion charges are nothing new as Bromley tax posts show

News Shopper: One of the Bromley coal posts, made of iron and cast by Henry Grisell at Regents Canal Ironworks. There is a maker’s inscription on the front and rear face which cannot be seen when the post is set deep into the ground

12:53pm Wednesday 26th June 2013

Have you noticed a series of white posts, placed by the side of the road and scattered through Bromley’s green belt?

Remembering funeral of Gipsy Lee in Farnborough

News Shopper: Crowds gathering for the funeral of Gipsy Lee in 1933

12:30pm Wednesday 26th June 2013

I have received a delightful letter from Kathleen Eames, of Roseberry Gardens, Orpington, who remembers watching the funeral cortege of Gipsy Lee pass by her Farnborough home in 1933.

Biggin Hill fighter pilot Adolph ‘Sailor’ Malan was one of the best

News Shopper: ‘Sailor’ Malan

12:27pm Wednesday 26th June 2013

BOB OGLEY finds out about legendary fighter pilot Adolph ‘Sailor’ Malan.

Nostalgia: Bob Ogley looks back 50, 60 and 65 years ago

11:06am Wednesday 12th June 2013

1963: Henry Cooper, south London’s own British heavyweight champion, shocks US boxer Cassius Clay at Wembley on June 18 by sending him sprawling in round four. Saved by the bell, Clay recovers and forces Cooper to retire with a cut eye in the next round.

How people were knocked up by a pea shooter

News Shopper: Mary Smith the knocker-up, taken by John Topham, 1931

11:03am Wednesday 12th June 2013

THIS photograph of Mary Smith, the East End knocker-up wielding a pea shooter, was taken by Sidcup photographer John Topham in 1931.

Community spirit strong in remembering Tom Thornton

11:00am Wednesday 12th June 2013

Tom Thornton would never have seen an email in his life but his name has kept cropping up in my inbox since I wrote about his efforts to save Kelsey Park for the people of Beckenham.

Profumo affair, Christine Keeler, Harold Macmillan and Bromley

News Shopper: Prime  Minster Harold Macmillan

10:58am Wednesday 12th June 2013

BOB OGLEY remembers a scandal which brought down a prime minister.

Wilmington D-Day veteran tells of Normandy landing 69 years ago

News Shopper: Ian Hammerton at home in Wilmington

3:40pm Monday 10th June 2013

A D-DAY veteran from Wilmington has spoken of being one of the first to land in Normandy in a hail of bullets.

Nostalgia: Bob Ogley looks back 20, 80 and 100 years ago

12:18pm Wednesday 15th May 2013

1993: A memorial stone was erected by the Metropolitan Police in memory of Det Con John Fordham who was stabbed to death by Kenneth Noye, in January 1985, in the grounds of Noye’s home at West Kingsdown. Noye was later acquitted, after claiming he acted in self-defence.

Memories of stuffed walrus at Horniman Museum in Forest Hill

News Shopper: The walrus will be on display at the Turner Contemporary museum in Margate

12:15pm Wednesday 15th May 2013

If you have visited the Horniman Museum in Forest Hill, then you would have seen the famous, wrinkle-free overstuffed walrus which has been on display since it arrived in 1901.

Spare a thought for Tom Thornton and his Beckenham newspaper campaigns

News Shopper: Tom Thornton was the  owner and editor of the Beckenham Journal

12:09pm Wednesday 15th May 2013

BOB OGLEY finds out about the crusading campaigns of Tom Thornton.

St Paul’s Cray recycling plant fire prompts look at area’s history of raging infernos

News Shopper: Firefighters tackling the blaze at Harrison Gibson furniture store, Bromley, in 1968

9:51am Thursday 2nd May 2013

BOB OGLEY finds out about the area’s history of raging infernos.

Nostalgia: Bob Ogley looks back 40, 70 and 100 years ago

9:47am Thursday 2nd May 2013

1973: A young Bromley student turned pop star returned in triumph from a world tour.

Why is it River Darent but the Darenth valley?

News Shopper: Darenth Valley or should it be Darent Valley?

9:44am Thursday 2nd May 2013

WHY is the river called The Darent and the valley through which it runs The Darenth?

Was writer Enid Blyton a scheming adulteress?

News Shopper: Enid Blyton

10:49am Thursday 18th April 2013

BOB OGLEY finds out about the claims Enid Blyton had a dark side.






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