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Cobham Landscape Detectives research note 6: the Manor of Henhurst

Introduction This Research Note describes the varied history of the Henhurst manor and its lords over a thousand year period. It draws upon a variety of primary and secondary sources though it can say nothing of the actual buildings of … Continue reading

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Cobham Landscape Detectives research note 5: the Manor of Vyaunds

Introduction The family of Vyaundes (with various spellings) was in London and Cobham from at latest 1299 and Margery, the last of them, seem to have died about 1370. After that date, their land appears as a small manor, which … Continue reading

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Cobham’s historic water supply

Cobham Village Pump and Cistern 1778 – Parish Pump Moves In the mid 18th Century, Cobham Village’s water was supplied from a number of ponds and a parish pump with an underground cistern located in Cobham’s The Street, close to … Continue reading

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Betty Bicker-Robinson remembers the villagers of Cobham 1938-40

Betty Bicker-Robinson (nee King) was a young girl when she moved to Cobham in 1938 but has managed to recall, not only a vast majority of the occupants but also occupations of people who lived in the village at that time. Many … 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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