New House Farm - a Memory of Wrotham.
My maternal grandparents were great friends of Charles and Laura Smith, and their son Albert, who lived at New House Farm, Kemsing Lane. Charles was, I think, the farm manager/bailiff for a Mr Gardner of Style Place Farm, Hadlow. I believe in later years Albert moved to East Peckham and worked at Lillicoe's (?) in Borough Green.
New House Farm was/is a medieval yeoman's house, in those days with a quarry-tile floored kitchen whose ceiling got progressively lower towards the rear, where there was an old water pump with a big handle. The main reception rooms and bedrooms were well furnished, but the succession of attic rooms were a 10-year-old's delight - full of junk, dust and dead creatures. I used to stay there until I was about 14, when I was taught to drive a tractor through the farm's fruit orchards. The house now appears to be the HQ of a canoeing company.
A memory shared by on Nov 28th, 2013.
Tips & Ideas
Not sure what to write? It's easy - just think of an important place in your life and ask yourself:
How does it feature in your personal history?
What are your best memories of this place?
How has it changed over the years?
How does it feel, seeing these places again?
Do you remember stories about the community, its history and people?
This week's Places
Here are some of the places people are talking about in our Share Your Memories community this week:
...and hundreds more! Enjoy browsing more recent contributions now.