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Villages of Kent Photographic Memories

Villages of Kent Photographic Memories

The photo 'Yalding, the Medway c1960' appears in this book.

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Yalding stands near the confluence of the Medway, Beult and Theyse rivers, and has long been popular with the sailing fraternity. Barges plying the Medway once tied up here. The building next to the tree is the Anchor Inn: for years, the Anchor has been the destination for an annual raft race from East Peckham. Yalding was once a substantial market centre, but was desolated by the plague four times in the 16th century.

An extract from Villages of Kent Photographic Memories.

Memories of Yalding, the Medway c1960

When I was 6 years old my brother Ken and I went to live at Kenward, the Dr Barnardo's home in Yalding. It was a fantastic house and I can still remember the lay out of it. We had a wonderful childhood there. We had 'aunts' in the local shops and at Christmas time all the girls would get a doll with clothes knitted by an aunt. I can't remember what the boys got. I had 'uncles' on a mine sweeper called Chiefton. I still have a ...see more

My family name was Brewer and it seemed we went hop picking for ever. The last time was 1958. The following year my grandmother became ill and we could not go anymore. I was 12 the last time I went.  I have written a story of my time spent on Buston Manor Farm and I would love to share it with anyone who was there at the same time. This would be between 1945 and l958. My grandmother's name ...see more

Hello. I used to go hop picking every year to this farm with my relatives from Camberwell as well.

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