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CCCU-Community Education Day School


This day school will explore the life of people living in castles in Kent and Sussex in the Middle Ages. We will take an overview of castles as both fortresses and homes of the aristocracy, but focus on as much as possible on all those who lived and worked around them – from cooks to carpenters, hunters to poachers, and more. Our specific examples of castles and their estates will be Scotney, Bodiam, Ightham Mote and Knole, and we will draw on the latest research and new techniques for investigating past lives and landscapes

Abstracts of 80 Ebony Wills dating from 1468 to 1557 now online

Submitted by chris on Mon, 19 Feb 2018 - 16:24

It is amazing that such a small place as Ebony has produced such a lot of Wills in a relatively short space of time. There are a lot of surnames, field names, place names in them, and also, when you read through them, quite a few occupations – fisherman, smith, haberdasher, etc. plus most of them left money to the church, including John Raynold, who left money to build a new church there in about 1520


375 M.I.s from All Saints Church, Maidstone churchyard are now online

Submitted by chris on Mon, 19 Feb 2018 - 15:29

All Saints Church, Maidstone, which was built by Archbishop Courtney, from 1395, is a major church building in the perpendicular style, the finest of this style in Kent. The interior is over 90 feet in width, with an equally impressive length and height. The pavement is “choc a bloc” with ledger stones, mainly of the 18th and 19th centuries (inscriptions can be seen online on the church website). There are some impressive medieval tombs, including that of Archbishop Courtney, himself.