OBSERVATIONS ON THE ECONOMIC DECLINE OF BROMPTON
Chatham News 25 4 1908
“Another old established Brompton business has just recently been allowed to lapse. I refer to that carried on for many years by Mr George Buckley, leather seller and boot maker of 8 High Street. This business was probably founded by a Mr William French, some seventy or eighty years ago.
About 1877, Mr French became blind and the business passed into the hands of a Mr Phillips. Ultimately it was purchased by Mr Buckley about a quarter of a century ago. Messrs Gibbons and Company of Chatham have purchased the stock of Mr Buckley, but do not intend carrying on the business, so there will be still another empty shop”.
Chatham News 9 5 1908
“I recently referred to the changed conditions at Old Brompton compared with the commercial and social activity of years ago.
But Brompton has still its enterprises. Have you not heard of “Brompton Bohemians’? Passengers by tram, passing through the High Street are amused to note that one of the empty shops has been utilised in this direction, and as they ride, they read on the windows of the many attractions within, which are certainly varied enough in all conscience. They include electric tattooing, a rifle range, photography and a competition weekly. A competition in what is not stated”.