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This website is a pictorial record of how Biggin Hill has changed over the 

last 100 years using old and new photographs.




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To all Biggin Hill residents. I need your help.


Walk down any road in Biggin Hill, in the Valley or on the Hill, and you will find, in between modern buildings, reminders of what Biggin Hill was like in days gone by. Little bungalows clinging onto existence in the face of the developers.




I want to make an inventory of how many of these Biggin Hill bungalows still survive, and where they are, but Biggin Hill is a big place for one person. I am asking you, if you live near an old surviving bungalow, can you take a picture of it and send it to me at 'bigginhill.thenandnow@gmail.com'. Please supply the address as well?


I will not be publishing this inventory on my website but I may use the pictures in the future if the bungalow gets replaced by a new dwelling.


Thank you in advance,

Tony Lewis



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 Created by Tony Lewis, March 2000, it now contains over 

300 pages and over 400 photographs, old and new, and much more!

The old and new Black Hosre merged

In the early 1900's, William Nelson, a local professional photographer, took a series of photographs of Biggin Hill and surrounding area. They show a very different scene from that of today.

I have revisited the locations and tried to capture exactly the same images (traffic on Main Road permitting!) as they appear today. Many of the old buildings still exist but, as you'll see, the surroundings are very different.

I would like to thank John Nelson for the use of his grandfather's photographs and for using some of his text from his book 'Grandfathers Biggin Hill'. 

Since creating this site in 2000 I have acquired numerous photographs from a variety of sources. Many have come as a result of this site so if you have any old photographs of Biggin Hill, and surrounding area, that you feel could be used on this site (no matter how insignificant you may think they are) then please Email me bigginhill.thenandnow@gmail.com

Copyright note: All images/videos on this site are owned by me or by the person named on the photo/video. Images/videos may not be used unless permission has been sought from the owner.


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Last time site updated - 4th June 2019


If you find any faults, dead links or inaccuracies of any kind then contact me at    bigginhill.thenandnow@gmail.com



Website designed by Tony Lewis: bigginhill.thenandnow@gmail.com / M 0791-7418997