Local History Articles

The Village Remembered


The Reverend Peter Hambrook has lived his life in the village. A couple of years ago he recorded some of his memories of the village in the Great Mongeham Newsletter which is delivered each month to every home in the village. Those articles are now reprinted here. Perhaps they invoke recollections of your own. If so, please share them with us in the add comments section at the end.




Great Mongeham Malthouses


There were two malthouses in operation in the village through the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The Great Mongeham Society has a number of papers relating to both. In the nineteenth century one was operated by the Bray family and the other by the Harrisons. The photo shows what remains of the Bray malthouse.

Transcriptions of some of the papers pertaining to the two malthouses are included on this website.


Memorial to Captain Maynard


Captain Maynard

Lieutenant Robert Maynard was the commander of the sloop The Jane which was boarded by the notorious pirate Blackbeard Teach.


Crayford Arbitration Award


In the dispute between William Crayford and William Vaughan

Given by 


This is a transcription of a document in the possession of the Great Mongeham Society. An accurate photo-facsimile of the document hangs in the Great Mongeham Parish Hall


Economic and Social Changes in Deal and Surrounding Parishes in the Second Half of the 19th Century

Social and economic change in Britain during the nineteenth century was probably greater than at any other time in history. Communities in Britain at the start of the century were overwhelmingly agricultural while manufacturing industries tended to be small and scattered, more often than not in rural situations. As the century unfolded so steam power drove some of the most radical changes in our society. Not so restricted by situation as water and wind powered industries, and providing much greater power and flexibility in use, it could drive more industries in bigger factories placed at the convenience of the factory owner rather than the elements. Towns grew large around these newly developing industries and the coalmines sunk to satisfy their hunger for fuel. The revolution had stated in the previous century and in consequence the small rural iron smelting and textile industries in Kent had long closed down in the face of this unequal competition. New industrial processes led to the production of large quantities of cheap steel. Transport was revolutionised by the rapidly expanding network of railways. Iron clad, steam powered ships replaced wooden sailing vessels.


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