Tag Archives: Kent

Stream Cottages, a look back in time

I would like to share with you my original detailed real photographic postcard, scanned at 1200dpi, which shows children paddling in the water at the end of Ditton Stream which is a road in the village of Ditton in Kent. This card shows Hall House which is now a pair of houses known as Stream Cottages and is Grade II* listed. The timber framed building was constructed around 1420-1450 and a solar wing was added around 1480-1500. It has a tiled roof with return gables at both ends, 16th century molded wooden barge boards and the remains of timber-framing inside. Also inside can be found a built in stack with carved Tudor arched wooden bressumers to fireplaces, molded beams and a crown-post over what was once the hall. The house now has 19th century cladding to the 1st floor. (information about Hall House from the Kent History Forum Website).                         Stream Cottages DittonCompare with the view from Google Maps below.                                                                         The Stream Ditton Kent

It is good to know that this building is still standing and listed and preserved.

Nellie Sims Postcard Album

I have been collecting picture postcards for many years and was pleased to find a near intact Album at an Antiques Fair in Bromley.  The album was over 100 years old and falling to pieces but the cards were still together and most were from ‘Auntie Ida’ to her Young nieces Elsie and Nellie and nephew Charlie. The cards were sent on Birthdays, Easter and Christmas and other cards to Nellie who kept this album. The oldest card was posted in 1906 and the last card posted in 1916. The family were living just outside the village of Brookland near Romney Marsh to 1910 then moved to Brenzett in 1911 a couple of miles away. Both homes were named and I managed to find them on Google Maps. Their first home was ‘Barling House’ in Chubbs Lane, Brookland, and this image is from Google. Barling House, Chubbs Lane, Brookland

Their next home was ‘Clifftonville’ in Grove Lane, near Brenzett. There are only two houses in Grove Lane but finally managed to trace it via the internet, this is the image from Google.                                                                                                                                             Clifftonville, Grove Lane, Brenzett

I was so pleased to find these images, one has to imagine what the family circumstances were; a later postcard from 1927 shows that a Mrs Sims was still at this address in Grove Lane.                                                                                                                                                         Nellie’s cards were from her Aunties Ida, Mary, Emma and Annie and her Uncle Jack and here are some from her Album.                                                                                                         Schoffield Series (02-09-1906)

Postcard above posted September 1906.

The Shenley Real Photo (22-02-1911) Card above posted February 1911.

EAS Series (28-03-1910)

Card above posted March 1910.

EAS Easter Card [Elsie](28-03-1910)

Card above posted March 1910

NPG Series (22-03-1912)

Card above posted March 1912.

Misch & Co (01-05-1913)

Card above posted May 1913.

REL SERIES (05-08-1914)

Card above posted August 1914.

More cards from this Album can be seen on my Flickr Page, here is the link. https://www.flickr.com/photos/79541233@N04/albums/72157685682069345

Finally a message from Auntie Ida to Nellie posted July 1912. See if you can work it out .

Nellie Sims Postcard from Auntie Ida (2)

Down on the Hop Farm

These faded photographs from the early part of the 1900’s give an insight of life on Seabrook Brothers Hop Farm in Tonbridge Kent. The cart loaded up for delivery, the farmhouse, and the farmers children.                                                                                                                        seabrook-hop-farm-1

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