Author Archives: Ruiha Smalley

Special finds from Cobham Big Dig 2017

Medallion – Band for Hope     The Band of Hope was first proposed by Rev. Jabez Tunnicliff, who was a Baptist Minister in Leeds, following the death in June 1847 of a young man whose life was cut short by … Continue reading

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Betty Grayland: memories of Shorne Woods

Betty Grayland remembers growing up in Shorne Woods, Kent Early days I was six weeks old in 1928 when we moved to Shorne, my father, Albert Swaisland, worked for the village baker and we lived on the premises, the bakery … Continue reading

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Fort Amherst dig October 2017

We are starting work at Fort Amherst this week, running through to Saturday the 14th and then from Monday 16th to Saturday 21stOctober. Please go straight to Fort Amherst for a 10am start. There is plenty of parking on site, through a locked gate that we … Continue reading

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Jack Hollis: memories of Ashenbank and Shorne Woods

Jack Hollis talks about growing up in Kent The family and Ashenbank Camp My Mum was born in Glyncorrwg Wales, and Dad was born  in Houghton-Le-Spring County Durham. I was born in Chesterfield, Derbyshire on the 26th September 1944. I have … Continue reading

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Peter Beech: memories of Shorne, the airfields and clayworks

I have lived in Thong for all of my 84 years, the first six weeks on the Shorne/Ifield Road and then two houses in Thong Lane. I have lived at my current address, Little Westwood, Thong Lane, Gravesend for the … Continue reading

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