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Revival of seaside holiday destination

Herne Bay was one of the first traditional seaside resorts of its kind in the country as the Victorians came to appreciate the health benefits of the sea air and bathing. Like many though, it suffered a decline, largely due to the boom in foreign travel, but is back on track and reviving its glory days as a place to …

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Herne and Broomfield Local History Group

At the March meeting, long-time Medway industrial archaeology expert James Preston gave an interesting presentation on some of the remaining sites of Kent’s industrial past. He began with examples of buildings associated with the medieval cloth industry in West Kent notably at Biddenden, Cranbrook and Smarden, including examples of cloth halls, jettied timber framed houses and Wealden cottages in which …

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HERNE AND BROOMFIELD LOCAL HISTORY GROUP

MANY MEMBERS and friends attended the group’s first meeting of 2015 to learn about the history of Beltinge. Using images of the village’s early beginnings, kindly made available by member Pauline Turner, Margaret Burns illustrated her talk with modern photos taken from the same viewpoint as the early scenes — a then and now approach. From around the turn of …

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Herne and Broomfield Local History Group

Many members and friends attended the group’s first meeting of 2015 to learn about the history of Beltinge. Using images of the village’s early beginnings, kindly made available by member Pauline Turner, Margaret Burns illustrated her talk with modern photos taken from the same viewpoint as the early scenes – a then and now approach. From around the turn of …

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Herne and Broomfield Local History Group

The last two meetings of 2014 were well attended, especially in November when the group welcomed well-known theatrical entertainer Paul Harris to talk about seaside entertainment in past times. Paul explained how early Al Fresco entertainment started on beaches and in bandstands with the onset of Victorian seaside holidays. When piers were built – one of the earliest was on the Isle …

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Herne and Broomfield Local History Group

At the May meeting Mark Bateson, KCC community history officer, gave an informative presentation on The Kent History and Library Centre at Maidstone. Mark began by introducing the new History Centre – formerly the KCC Archives, which opened in 2012. He explained how to access the collections in person from the public search room. The index to the centre’s collections …

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Herne and Broomfield History Group

Contact: Alan Dilnot 01227 373695 At the March meeting Colin Brown spoke about the history of maps with special reference to Ordnance Survey maps. Early private maps were produced of landowners estates. Henry VIII commissioned maps of the south coastline highlighting church towers, beacons and features where defences might be needed. In the late 1700’s, with fears that the French …

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