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An interest Awakened


151_Mongeham_Rd_in_1985_enhancedDuring our recent visits to look at archives we found a number of documents relating to Palmerston Villa. This took me full circle, because this is where my interest in village history started. When we bought the house in 1985 it was badly run down. So much work was needed to make it habitable. We started an epic task of renovation which took two years of solid work to break the back of the problem, and then several years more.


It was while tearing out old fireplaces, stripping off paint, putting in plumbing and wiring and so many other tasks that Untitled-1the imprint of so many of the previous occupants became apparent. I was curious to know more about these people and what changes they had made.   We had both done some work on family history so we were familiar with census returns, parish records and the like, but I couldn’t seem to find a way in until we sent to the building society for our deeds. They only went back to the 1920s, but that was the start I needed. I had some names, and could build on that information. After almost twenty years I think I have a pretty good picture of the house’s history, and the documents we found recently added colour to the story. But more of that later.

Inevitably my research uncovered information about neighbouring houses, and this took me off on other paths. And so my interest in the village’s history spread like ripples on a pond, spreading further afield and further back in time.



#1 J.P. Hollingsworth 2013-01-24 13:17
Interested to read about the Paramors. Can there be any connection made between them and the Paramors who owned a brewery in Margate in 1880s?
Best wishes,
#2 Jim 2013-01-24 14:22
Not that I am aware of. It would be interesting to try to trace all the strands of the Paramor family. I believe they originated from Huguenot refugees who settled in East Kent in the 17th century. There have been Paramor(e)s in Great Mongeham since the early eighteenth century, not to mention all the other Paramor(e)s in East Kent.
#3 Grant 2013-10-08 04:53
Most interesting to only just discover my Grand Father Archer owned that historical property for just a little while and hence contributed to a tiny part of its history; not a Paramor though(!). But he decided to make a life for himself in Australia after that.

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