Tenterden, East Cross c.1950

Memories of Tenterden


My brothers and I whom grew up in St Michaels used to go fishing in the Mill pond. I was only very small (born in 1971) but I remember we used to walk to the Mill pond with a picnic and we would sit on a little bit of brick wall next to the damn swinging our legs over the edge of the pond. Then the damn broke and the Mill (...Read full memory)

The building on the right was W H Smith & Sons. My father, Gordon Howard was the manager and we were living in the flat above the shop from 1955 to 1965. You can see that the shop is closed because the shutters are down. The shop front was painted dark green. The windows upstairs are open so we must have been at home and it must have been fine weather!

St. Benedicts Priory later became a special boys' school renamed 'Finchden Manor' run by George Lyward renowned educationalist in therapeutic education in the 1940s/50s/60s.

Interesting photo: this timber-framed building is actually a 'Wealden' converted to 'Continuous Jetty' type. "Towards the close of the 15th century, an entirely new kind of dwelling appeared in the Weald. Its [the Continuous Jetty type] distribution is wide and more general than that of (...Read full memory)

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