Another article which once again we thank Dail Whiting for:-
A photograph posted previously shows the cyclist in the area of the village that Dail refers to:-
Cyclists outside the Queens Head c 1910
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Diane Hayes has asked a question which would be great if we could add some photos to the website:-
As the coronation of King Charles draws near does anyone remember the party held at Wateringbury Place for the village to celebrate the coronation of Queen Elizabeth .
I was a young child and only remember we got a mug.
We thank Dail Whiting for another contribution from her next book as follows.
Following on from my last article, 'The Pizien Well Name' I thought some of your readers might be interested in another extract from my next book relating to this fascinating part of the village. I am extremely grateful to Martin Cronk who kindly lent the wonderful photo's of his ancestors from his private family album.
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Another Gem from Colin Brotherwood, lots of names and faces that I personally remember well:
Coach Outing from the Telegraph Public House 1952
This battered photo was in the possession of my Aunt Doris Brotherwood. She gave it to me for my family tree folder. It was folded up in about 3 places hence the crease marks on it. When my father Lionel was alive he named quite a few people. So I scanned it and filled some names in.
I thought I’d share it as someone else might be able to fill in a few more names.
Colin Brotherwood kindly sends us a copy of his Baptism Certificate from the 3rd June 1962, he would have been 7 years old in August.
Colin Brotherwood kindly sent us the below:
My Mother and Father ; Jean and Lionel Brotherwood got married at Wateringbury church on 6th November 1954.
Looks like they had their reception at Wateringbury Club. Here is a copy of the bill for the drinks. Just over £12. Amazing.
For those who had an ancestor or ancestors who served during WWI, and are commemorated on either the War Memorial in the Chapel of St George in Wateringbury church, or the old School War Memorial now in the vestry of Wateringbury church, you may be able to help me complete a personal project, for which I would be very grateful.
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A photo from Kent Messenger - KentOnline Classic Pictures from the 1970's
All three names that were so familiar to me growing up in Wateringbury during the 1950/60's
The Original Kings Head Hotel
The corner of Tonbridge Road and Bow Road.
Also showing Amos Bakers.
The only recognisable building today is that on the far right which is now the Hair Dressers in Bow Road
I still call this lovely county The Garden of England though its not the garden it was when I was a kid in the 1950's and 60's. Wateringbury was surrounded by Plumb, Cherry, Pear, Apple orchards and Hop Gardens.
Wateringbury was on the AA and RAC sign posted Blossom Route encouraging drivers to visit our countryside and see the Fruit Blossom that was everywhere.
This is a Southern Railway and Maidstone and District day out that bought visitors from London into Kent to see our spectacular Fruit Blossom. The Train from London came to Tonbridge then a Maidstone and District Coach went through the countryside and through Wateringbury to Goudhurst. This timetable was for April and May 1963.
Ruth and Terry kindly sent us a photo of what looks like a Shive Hole Collar from Jude and Co the Brewer of Wateringbury.
(Dale kindly advises that it’s spelt Shive and dated around 1872
from Jude & Co Brewery which was The Kent’s Brewery situated just below the South East corner of the Crossroads. Where Hanbury Close now stands)
The Collar was used in a Beer Barrel where the Bung is fitted and the Tap then goes.
It was found in a field in Wateringbury.
Photo Courtesy of Dail Whiting from her Personal Collection
A little outside the village but a great photograph courtesy of Dail Whiting of Teston School Children from 1920. Not sure what the N.05 on the board means, maybe someone can help with its meaning.
The two little boys on the left in the front row are brothers John and Douglas Weeks.
Can anyone help with other names?
Photo Courtesy of Dail Whiting from her Private collection
Can we help Mike who asks:
“I would like to see any photographs of the public house called the Good Intent in Pizen Well. Pub used to be opposite house where I was born.Cheers.”
Dail Whiting kindly responded with this link confirming:
Thanks to Brad Waters from Australia who sent some family photos from around 1956 when his Grandfather Ian and Grandmother Vee Waters were landlord and landlady of The North Pole Inn.
The photos show his grandparents and locals in the bar and a great photo of a fancy dress ball held in the bar.
I thank Paul Skelton of 'Dover Kent Archives' website for putting us in touch.