GMS Notes No33. March 2011

Last Month’s Meeting

altMichael Burrows led us through the intricacies of the nineteenth century political scene in a most entertaining manner. We were given insights into Garibaldi the man as well as the revolutionary. The assembled meeting was particularly interested in the ambivalent interest taken by the British public when he visited England. On the one hand he was the dashing adventurer who took on the power of the Papacy and on the other he was a dangerous revolutionary who would encourage radicals here.

The talk, well illustrated by slides, was well received by all.

Documents and Sources

Those of you who read my article in the Mercuryabout the Three Horseshoes a couple of weeks ago may be wondering why it did not agree with the history which has hung in the pub for many years. A piece of research writing should include references to the sources of the information provided. Of course newspaper readers do not want to see a dry academic piece, so references are omitted. However the story of the Allens at the pub can easily be pieced together from documents such as census returns, rate books, wills victuallers recognisances and tithe apportionment schedules. There is also a small collection of papers relating to the Three Horseshoes at the Centre for Kentish Studies.

However the amount of detail in the pub document suggests that it must have come from somewhere. Property deeds often carry the history of the larger estate of which the property was part. I have come across this several times. Possibly this is the source of the information in the pub, and relates to a larger estate which included the blacksmiths forge opposite. Sadly, without those deeds we will never know.

Wildflower of the Month

SWEET VIOLET

altAfter such a gruelling winter imagine my delight in coming across this little patch of violets alongalt Northbourne Road. There are several species of violet native to Britain and they are all very similar, but I am confident that this is the sweet violet (Viola odorata) and not the dog violet (Viola riviniana). I didn’t take time to make the detailed examination to be certain. Perhaps someone could have a look. The stems should be slightly hairy and the leaves should all be at the base of the plant and not up the stem.

They are at home on chalky soils at the edge of woodlands or grassy roadside banks, which is where I found these, opposite Cherry Lane..

March Meeting

Asked for the date of the last time Britain was invaded most would reply “in 1066”. That was the last successfulinvasion Since that time there have been many unsuccessful invasions, the latest being the Battle of Britain.

Dover castle was besieged by Prince Louis of France in 1216. The mayors of Deal and Sandwich wear black robes in mourning for a Mayor of Sandwich slain by invading French in 1447. Other Cinque Ports mayors wear scarlet and ermine.

There have been so many more invasions, but I will leave the telling of them to Reg Coleman who will be telling us about “Invasions of the British Isles since 1 AD”. The meeting will be at the Village Hall and will take place this coming Thursday, March 17th at 7.30 pm

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