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

£1 million raised for White Cliffs land

[caption id="attachment_949" align="alignnone" width="400"] A £1 million appeal to restore land behind the White Cliffs was reached in three weeks[/caption] A National Trust appeal to raise £1 million to secure land above the White Cliffs of Dover has reached its target in only three weeks with support from more than 17,500 people. Money from the trust’s Neptune fund and appeal…

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Long-overdue tribute to pioneering Short brothers

[caption id="attachment_942" align="alignright" width="420"] The Hampstead grave of Horace and Eustace Short has been neglected[/caption] Members of an historical society will, on Friday, 29 September, pay tribute to the pioneering Rochester aeronautical engineers Horace and his brother Eustace Short. Short family members will “plant” two information plaques on the brothers’ adjacent graves at Hampstead Cemetery in northwest Lonmdon, to mark…

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Rochester castle shuts after ‘stone fall’

[caption id="attachment_929" align="alignright" width="420"] Rochester Castle in the 1830s.The engraving is by H Adlard from GF Sargent’s painting[/caption] Rochester Castle has been shut to the public after reports of “a major stone fall inside the keep”, requiring emergency repairs. A notice on the English Heritage website says: “Due to unforeseen circumstances, Rochester Castle is closed until further notice. We’re very…

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Google tribute to Nobel laureate

Today, 7 September, 2017, is the 100th anniversary of the birth of the pioneering chemist Professor Sir John Cornforth, who spent 13 years at Shell UK’s Milstead Laboratory of Chemical Enzymology, near Sittingbourne, and overcame deafness to win a Nobel Prize in 1975. His centenary is celebrated by this Google doodle. [caption id="attachment_924" align="alignnone" width="420"] The Google doodle celebrates the…

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