GMS Notes No. 38. August 2011

Palmerston Terrace


Palmerston_Terrace_flowersPhotographs do not do justice to the fine floral display which we see each year outside Palmerston Terrace. This year has been no exception so I thought that I should make a comment. Not that there is need for comment as the floral display speaks for itself. A walk around the village is so delightful at this time of year.








Two of our members have a mention in the latest Kent History Federation Journal. Diana wrote a review for the Cranbrook Journal (p 30) and I had a couple of photos printed that I took at this year’s conference (p 11).

I have designed this month’s walk so it is all downhill and you can leave at any stage.


Wildflower of the Month


scarlet_pimpernel_1scarlet_pimpernel_2As I have often remarked before, some of the prettiest flowers are among the smallest. The scarlet pimpernel (Anagallis arvensis) is no exception. Just a few millimetres across it is easy to miss this pretty scarlet annual, especially when partly hidden among the foliage of more robust plants. Perhaps it was its flamboyance so easily overlooked which led Baroness Emma Orczy to adopt it as the name for her elusive hero of the French Revolution.

Keep your eyes open for this gem of cultivated land and roadsides. It’s more common than you might think.


Last Month’s Meeting

Paul_Wells_explains_to_the_SocietyWrapt_attentionThe convoy assembled at the Village Hall before setting off for the Western Heights. After some of us made a small detour we all gathered at the car park before making our way through a low passage to reach the Drop Redoubt. This proved to be a formidable fortress built originally in Napoleonic times to protect Dover from possible attack from the rear.

Paul Wells gave us an excellent account of the development of the fort, explaining how changes in technology led to later developments at the Redoubt.

Paul_Wells_makes_a_pointWe_carry_on_in_the_descending_gloomSome of us found the stairs leading to the top a bit tiring, but we all made it. The effort was rewarded by the excellent views from the top, despite the gathering gloom.

Many of us enjoyed the evening so much we resolved to visit again during the open weekend of the 22nd and 23rd October. 




August Meeting

Sholden_Bank_FarmhouseThis month I will be taking you on a walk through the village. We will start in the church at seven o’clock (note the early start). I will then give you a brief introduction before having a look at some of the features of the church. This should take no more than half an hour. Then we will walk down Cherry Lane and along Mongeham Road to the Leather Bottle, where we will no doubt take advantage of the faciities. We should take no more than an hour walking at a slow amble to reach the pub. I will try to make the theme a bit different from my previous walks. We will meet at St. Martin’s Church at 7.00pm on Thursday, 18th August. 



Recent acquisitions to the Society Archive.

Old_PO_mapThe Society has recently made two acquisitions. The first is a conveyance in 1909 from Mr. Conley to Mr. Driver of a piece of land as shown on the map. The map on the document is much larger. This piece of land was soon afterwards acquired by Henry Fowler of Sholden Bank Farm. He built a shop for his daughter, Minnie, where the stable was situated. Minnie was married to Walter Wraight, son of William Wraight, landlord of the Three Horseshoes. Minnie Wraight’s shop became a legend in the village.

Our thanks to Steve Chappell for purchasing it on our behalf from eBay’

The second acquisition comes to us courtesy of Sue Pitcher, who lent me a copy of documents relating to the sale by auction in August 1919 of the estate of Basil Duckworth Quilhampton who had lived in the Manor House.

The document describes all the houses and fields being auctioned, including Walnut tree Cottage and Malthouse Cottages (now converted to one). Handwritten in the margins are the purchasers and the price paid for each lot. There is also a map which locates each lot in the village.

Sue obtained copies of the documents from the East Kent Archive. I have been aware of their existence in the catalogue for some time, but just haven’t got round to going there to look for them. Thanks to Sue I don’t have to now.

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