History of Jubilee Country Park

by Jennie Randall

 Our Friends group has an ongoing project to research and record the history of the area that now forms Jubilee Country Park. Landscape history is vital to our understanding of the appearance of our park today. Previous usage of the land whether agricultural, domestic, recreational or military has had an enormous influence on the character and biodiversity of the site.

Some of the Home Guard who served at Thornet Wood Gunsite, 
photographed in 1944. 
The Time Team's Francis Pryor and Richard Ewing, a former member of the Home Guard, at Thornet Wood Gunsite. Photographed during the filming of Channel 4's documentary "The Real Dad's Army" in Jubilee Country Park, Oct 2005

  When we started to delve into the past, assisted by many people nationwide, it was surprising what we discovered. Our research even resulted in the Park being featured in a Channel 4 documentary on the Home Guard, "The Real Dad's Army", and also made a significant contribution to Bromley Museum's 2005 exhibition commemorating the 60th anniversary of the end of the Second World War. 

A History Interpretation Board, funded by Awards for All, has also been installed in the Park by the Friends. We now have a huge file of photographs, documents, memories and much more, that we are always keen to add to! So if you have any tales to tell, or pictures to share with us, do get in touch. If you would like to discover more, do join us on one of our occasional History Walks in the park.

 Historic images of the Crooked Billet
 Crooked Billet after Bomb Damage V2 Rocket hit in 1944

On Sunday 21st May 2011 a commemorative Blue Plaque was unveiled 
by the Mayor Bob Stewart. 

Two books by Jennie Randall are available for those interested in learning more:

1. Jubilee Country Park - Its History and Heritage
2. Not Forgotten - The Crooked Billet

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