Latest News: Kent History in the Making

In each issue, Bygone Kent collects and publishes stories that are likely to have an impact on the 'future history' of the county. If you have a story that you would like us to publish, please contact the editor

£7.1 million appeal for Churchill artefacts

An appeal has been launched to buy hundreds of artefacts associated with Winston Churchill. The diverse objects, including a pair of hairbrushes, an armchair and the sculpture of a lion, have been on long-term loan to Churchill’s family home at Chartwell, which is now owned by the National Trust. The £7.1 million appeal will not only allow the trust to…

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Talk by Jutland hero’s grandson

The grandson of Admiral of the Fleet Earl Jellicoe will trace the history of the Royal Navy in the First World War, in which his ancestor played such an important part. Richard Latham’s talk at the new Wing building at the Battle of Britain Memorial near Folkestone on Sunday, 6 November, will compare the importance of the Battle of Jutland…

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War memorial ‘vanity project’ refused

<img class=" wp-image-623 alignright" src="http://bygonekent this" alt="faversham_war_memorial_8276_400px" width="305" height="355" />A plan to dismantle and rebuild the war memorial in Faversham at a cost of £120,000 has been rejected after it became clear that few people supported the idea. Swale Council received 74 letters of opposition; only two supported it. Opponents called it a “vanity project” and an “unnecessary waste of…

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King Lear’s green valley saved from destruction

Plans for 600 homes on an area of outstanding natural beauty in Kent that inspired Shakespeare have been halted after an appeal by the Campaign to Protect Rural England. Two judges quashed planning approval for the huge development in Farthingloe Valley, behind Shakespeare Cliff, which inspired a passage in King Lear when the blinded Earl of Gloucester asks to be…

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Franklin’s ship discovered in Arctic

The polar explorer Sir John Franklin’s ship, HMS Terror, has been found in pristine condition at the bottom of an Arctic bay, nearly  170 years after she and her sister, HMS Erebus, disappeared during a disastrous expedition. Franklin left Greenhithe in Kent in 1845 with a crew of 129 men, including sailors from the Medway towns, to chart the Northwest…

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Roman road found under Rochester High Street

A section of Roman road dating from the time of Christ has been found under Rochester High Street. This is Nicola Jordan's report from KentOnline:

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