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I cheated. Well, not really - the watch arrived as I was heading off to my home-town for the weekend. Just as well really - it's a lot prettier than Watford...

So here we are in Tenterden Kent. It's one broad street, basically, with lanes running off either side.

From the doorstep -



Looking back at the house. I was born behind one of the upper windows in this row. These are mid-nineteenth century, making them fairly modern for the High Street -



Up the street -



Typical Wealden houses from the 17th century. Oak frames hung with tiles. The left cottage appears to have a brick ground floor, but it doesn't. More of that later. My father, a carpenter and builder, did a lot of work on the right-hand cottage. They wanted him to put in a new straight door, but he refused. He wouldn't approve of them painting it either -



Probably the oldest house in the street, from the 16th century -



These are from the early 16th century. The neighbours favour different styles of gardening. I wonder who sweeps the communal path? I bet it's 'The Greens' -



The width of the High Street is explained by it once having hosted livestock auctions. I can remember sheep being herded up the street for the May fair, but that belongs to the past now -





Down one of the lanes -





Cross the road to the church. The white building is the Town Hall -



The Woolpack is a 15th century coaching inn. The name recalls the source of the town's early wealth - the sheep of Romney Marsh to the south -



The church. 12th century in parts, but the tower is from the mid 15th century -



Lord Nelson's daughter is buried in one of these graves. She married the vicar -



The tower is enormous considering the few hundred people who lived here when it was built. An ostentatious show of wealth, really -



Next to the church, my first school (from 5-7 years). I was never as close to the church again... ;-)



What I think of as 'The Eight Bells'. For 500 years it was a pub, and now it's a bloody Cafe Rouge. I spent many happy hours (or was it decades?) in there -



We have a railway station. Well actually it was closed in the early 1960s, but the line was bought by steam train enthusiasts, and now runs to the rather picturesque Bodiam Castle over the border in Sussex. After the line closed me and my friends found one of those hand-cranked trolleys, and went skimming across the countryside for several weeks - until we were apprehended closing some level-crossing gates -



Now that's what I call a good advert - tells you all you need to know without any fuss -



Carriages, but no locomotive today -



Now the town museum, this was the workshop where my father did his carpentry stuff -



Back down the other side of the street. Most of the houses are wooden-framed -



Even some that look like brick -



On the corners you can see that they are tiles -



The William Caxton. Caxton was the father of British printing and was said to be born in Tenterden. Just over the road are the broken remains of a once-splendid stone archway to one of the manor houses that fringe the town. It fell down in a gale. The millionaire rock-star owner of the estate (Kevin Godley of 10cc) said he couldn't afford to rebuild it...



And now down the road to Ellen Terry's cottage. People of my father's generation remember as boys holding her horse for a penny when she came up into town. Dame Ellen Terry was the greatest Shakespearian actress of her day, and was in many ways the first British superstar. The house was the harbour-masters cottage in the 15th century. The sea is 20 miles away now, but before the silting of the marsh and the river, Tenterden was a port. Henry V's 1,000 ton warship '*****' was built here.





Not much remains of the mighty river. Hey, someone left a watch here!



I love the marsh. Big skies -



A Kentish Oast-House. They were for drying hops. Most, like this one, have now been turned into houses. Our family went hop-picking, but it's all mechanised now -



Time to drive back to my usual home -



Where this is my more usual daily habitat -

 

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>>>Wow! Fantastic post and pics, Tribe! :-!

Such a quaint looking region. Many of those scenes and locations remind me a lot about where I'm from actually, in Christchurch, NZ. Thanks so much for the little tour. I really enjoyed the look around...
 

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Great pictorial of your locale history Tribe. You couldn't really get a more different place to where I live.

Where is the watch off to now?
 

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I second Daves WOW :-! Great photos and the added history is really makeing G Travels Great. It is working out much better than I had hopped for. There are so many great photos. :) will add these to the blog and then add the blog address to this post. :thanks Tribe
 

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Awesome pics! Almost makes me feel like Im there!

Thanks for posting.
 

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What a detailed post, tribe, thanks so much. It looks a lot like New England on the East coast of the US (which makes sense, I guess) where I spent some time.

I hope you had a great weekend. Once again, fantastic pictures.
 

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Thank you for posting those excellent photos Tribe, that is priceless. This project is such a great idea. The travel it is seeing so far of 2 countries that fought the way they did so long ago, that become such incredible allies, then seeing history along with modern symbols of society and freedom, I'm looking forward to seeing this progress :-!

Again, such great shots!
 

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Hi Tribe,

Absolutely fantastic. You have set a high standard and I hope the rest of the journey will have similar photos and stories.

Cheers,

Pieter
PS cannot wait to go 'sightseeing' with the G
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Very nice! What a lovely place to live! ;-)
 

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Thanks for the images!

Konrad.
 

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I will have to say that you have a fair bit more history around you than I mostly ever have. Last place I lived grew up around WWII, so almost nothing is older than the 40's. Now there is a bit of older, but still not all that much.

Thanks for sharing those great pictures and the stories behind them! |>
 

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Very interesting Tribe, I've been to Tenterden loads of times (until recently Tenterden was the nearest public swimming pool to where I live) but I've learnt a lot from your photos.

I had no idea the railway station and all that old rolling stock was there.

Excellent pictures :-!
 

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Excellent shots Tribe.|> But unfortunately, for some reason the last 5 or 6 images would'nt load on my end.:think: Pretty sure it has something to do with the unstable connection from my end.o|

Anyway,thanks for sharing the beautiful scenery from that part of the world. Amazing stuff.:-! Coming from someone from the tropics, it's completely different.:-d Would love to visit someday.;-)

And oh, where's the next stop?






 
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