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Pier is reminder of failed oyster industry

THERE cannot be many who do not know about Whitstable’s association with oysters, but less well-celebrated was the oyster industry of Herne Bay. Oysters reached the height of their popularity with the English public in the early 1860s and there was a range of attempts to set up fisheries around the coast at that time. The Herne Bay Oyster Fishery …

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Boys took guests to and from station

CONTINUING our Victorian Herne Bay theme of recent weeks, here is an image from Harold Gough’s book A Picture Book Of Old Herne Bay. It was published by Meresborough Books in 1983 but is now out of print. We are grateful to members of Herne Bay Historical Records Society for their help with the picture. The photograph was taken about …

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From a humble servant to multi-millionairess

The benefactress of Herne Bay’s clock tower was a widow with a very large fortune, inherited on the death of her husband. She was born Ann Hook, in very humble circumstances in the Islington area of north London and was illegitimate. Her mother died when Ann was 14, leaving her an orphan, with one older sister, Sarah. The girls found …

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Three notable vicars in Reculver church’s past

Way We Were Liz Crudgington l.crudgington@KRNmedia.co.uk 01843 578169 THE traditional view of a vicar as a cardigan-wearing, mild-mannered soul may not be accurate, at least for some of the previous ministers of St Mary’s Church, Reculver. As the Reverend Sue Martin takes up her post after her installation service at the end of March, we take a look back through …

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Church is keeping up a 1,300-year-old tradition

Way we were Liz Crudgington, l.crudgington@KRNmedia.co.uk, 01843 578169 LAST week, we went back to Roman times to look at the origins of St Mary’s Church in Reculver. The church was originally in the middle of a Roman fort and today its ruins are a popular landmark. But what of the present church, built in 1878? As the trustees work on …

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Stories woven into the ‘living stones’ of church

Way we were Liz Crudgington, l.crudgington@KRNmedia.co.uk, 01843 578169 WHEN the original St Mary’s Church was built, it stood in the middle of a Roman fort. The present church is some distance away and surrounded by fields on one site and a school on the other, but it has retained its links with its predecessor. As the Friends of St Mary’s …

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Report: 1st Nov 2012 – 80 Years of the HBHRS

Report of Meeting held 1st November Society President, John Fishpool, celebrated the 80th anniversary of the formation of the society by giving a very interesting insight into how the society came into being in 1932 including some of the founding characters, background to the early history of the town and illustrated his talk with some illuminating slides. He said that …

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Herne Bay Museum – History

The museum was originally established in 1932 and from 1936 was sited in the High Street above the library. It moved to its present William Street site in 1997. The William Street premises is a Georgian building now in a Conservation Area, and William Street was the main shopping street until at least 1883. It was run for years by …

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