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1st March  2019

Lyminge Historical Society Lyminge Historical Society Publications

We realise that if you want to own any of our publications you need to know what each covers and also have an assessment of the quality of the writing and the production. To this end we are having the series independently reviewed and we will publish the full review here once it has been produced.

Meanwhile we present a synopsis of each volume below:

Lyminge a history  Series

The series comprises eight volumes up to and including 2016. The style and format of each volume is the same, being A5 in size in bound using Perfect Bounding* and usually around 100 pages.

* Perfect Binding gives a result similar to paperback books. National Geographic is one example of this type. Source https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bookbinding

LYMINGE a history Part one :

Published in May 2011, sells for £5.00 (whilst current stocks last).

Introduction-being the first volume in the series the introduction explains the raison d'état behind the series and lays out our ambitions.

Chapter 1 - Memories of Shops etc. in Lyminge during 1930-1940’s
The chapter consists of edited transcripts of interviews between the author, Alistair Bailey, and some of the residents; all of whom were or are long term residents. As it unfolds the reader is taken on a tour of Lyminge. The chapter is fully illustrated with contemporary photographs.

Chapter 2 -  Geological History - a Lyminge perspective
Written by Andrew Coleman a professional geologist and also resident of Lyminge. The chapter describes the geological development of the area in an epic journey from the depths of time to the present day. If you thought chalk is just chalk then you are in for a pleasant surprise.

Chapter 3 - A Review of Previously Published Works by Rosemary Piddock. Rosemary has produced for our edification and entertainment a synopsis of the major printed works in which Lyminge looms large. Illustrations abound as she extracts comments and tales from these volumes.

Chapter 4 - The Price Family, Lyminge Parish Church incumbents 1776-1853; by Duncan Harrington. Covering three generations of the priests incumbents of the parish church St. Mary & St. Ethelburga. Forget Trollope, here is the real thing albeit writ small in a parish but none the less the reader is given a spotlight into the world of eighteenth and nineteenth century clergy.

LYMINGE a history Part two :

Published in November 2011, sells for £5.00 (whilst current stocks last).


Preface and Dedication-being the second volume in the series.

Chapter 5 -The Making of the Landscape around Lyminge
Philip Wilson an expert arborist takes us through the development of the trees which compliments Chapter one’s coverage of the geology. Philip also delivers two superb walks which when undertaken with his text gives great insight into the nature of trees and why they grow where they do.

Chapter 6 - The Discovery of a Jutish Cemetery in Lyminge in 1953
Taken from the notes and memories of Edney Eyres Rosemary Piddock has put together the history of the Jutish Cemetery dig. Illustrated with both contemporary site pictures and recent photographs of the finds.

Chapter 7 - A Bell Ringer, the Jubilee Tree, Rogation and Lyminge Charities.
A collation of historical delights recording some of the personalities, activities and traditions of the parish. This time Duncan Harrington has drawn on his own in depth local knowledge and records from our archive.

Chapter 8 - Lyminge Fauna - parts 1 and 2
To fulfil our ambition of recording Lyminge and  life in all its aspects we were very glad to receive this contribution for our local pest control expert Ed Allan. These chapters will be further expanded in future volumes describing the fauna native to Lyminge and its interaction with our society.

LYMINGE a history Part three:

Published in  April 2013, sells for £5.00 (whilst current stocks last).


Preface and Dedication-being the third volume in the series.

Chapter 9 -Battle of Britain 1940 through the eyes of Bob Bailey
Seen through the eyes of an Acrise farmer and taken from his war time diary, Bob Bailey takes us through the war describing the problems of the land, the rationing system, the preparation against the expected German Invasion, the follow up preparations  of the Allied Army before their invasion and the camaraderie of the British people during the perils of war .

Chapter 10 - Hitler’s Invasion Plans
As a follow up to  the previous chapter Ron Stilwell has generously provided us with an extract from his forthcoming book The Defence of Thanet and East Kent (1939-1945) covering the German’s plans for Operation Sealion the invasion of Britain, the British preparations to meet the invasion and he has added a synopsis of a war game by British and German commanders in 1974 to determine the most probable outcome. Ron’s book was published in 2014 and is available from the author via stilwellrv@yahoo.co.uk.

Chapter 11 - Bob Webb’s War
Bob Webb was born in Lyminge and still lives here leading an active life. He has help us previously in describing the shops in the parish in Part one of the histories. This chapter deals with the period from when he went to war in 1942 to his return home in 1945. His wartime army service took him to Egypt, the invasion of Italy in 1943 at Salerno, and then again at Anzio on to Monte Cassino and thence up the coast of the Adriatic to the Gothic Line in 1944 and on to Trieste and lake Garda at the close of the war. During his service Bob was wounded twice.  

Chapter 12 - Bombs, bed bugs and bullets
Anna Rosa Auten, the youngest daughter of Giacomo and Georgina Bersini. She was born in Milan in 1929 and was therefore 15 years old in 1944 when she and her sister started their trek north through Italy following in the wake of her brother who was still serving in the Italian divisions attached to the retreating German forces. Anna biographical  account follows this young bewildered girl during the final two years of the war and acts as a counter weight to Bob Webb’s account. After the war Anna came to England married and lived in Etchinghill working at the geriatric hospital until its closure.

Chapter 13 - Ted Burren’s War Time memories
This chapter is based on a memorandum written by Ted Burren. Ted was a master craftsman carpenter who worked for J J Clayton during and after the war. His memorandum covers his time as a young man during the war when he was first a sea cadet and then later in the Observer Corp.

LYMINGE a history Part four:

Published in  October 2013, sells for £5.00 (whilst current stocks last).


Preface and Dedication-being the fourth volume in the series.

Chapter 14 - Machine Breakers of Lyminge
The Autumn and Winter of 1830 saw some of the worst ever disturbances in rural England to become known as the ‘Swing Riots’.” Thus begins Jill Chambers fascinating account of the rise of the agriculture workers against the introduction of farm machinery which they saw as endangering their livelihoods. The chapter recalls the local men, their practices, trials and the outcome of the riots.

Chapter 15 - The Larger Mammals in and around Lyminge
Ed Allan presents his third and final part of his review of mammals that can be found in and around the Lyminge Area. From Foxes, Bats, Badgers, Otters, Deer and on to Wild Boar. Ed has packed an incredible amount of detail including photographs.

Chapter 16 - Lyminge Observer Corps Post
Here you will find Duncan Harrington has taken us into a brief foray into the history of the Royal Observer Corp and its Post in Lyminge.  From its roots in WW1 through to its role during the ‘Cold War’ we learn about function and activities including the men of Lyminge who served and help defeat the bombers and flying bombs of the enemy.

Chapter 17 - Early Keyboard Instruments
An early account by Andrew Garrett of  Key Board Instruments the renown musical instrument makes of North Lyminge covering the period 1963 to 1967.

Chapter 18 - Sibton in the parish of Lyminge and the Sawkins Family Part 1
Duncan Harrington’s account of the Sawkins Family and their descendents in Lyminge during the 16th and 17th century.

Chapter 19 - Bedingfield Charity some further notes

Following on from chapter 7 published in Volume 2 of this series we have here further details from Duncan of the activities of the Bedingfield Charity Trustees and how it helped finance the running of John Valder’s school in Lyminge and the account he gave to the Commissioners for the Education of the Poor in the early 19th century.

Chapter 20 - Excavating Anglo Saxon Lyminge

This chapter offers and introduction to the phenomenally successful archaeological digs run by Dr Gabor Thomas and Dr Alexandra Knox from their initial digs 2007 to 2012. The chapter includes links to further reading on the topic.

Chapter 21 - Lyminge Park - Collections towards a history

Duncan has provided us with a collection of snippets from history about the manor of Lyminge Park, its early history and some later articles. The author also opens and appeal for further information so we can fill in the gaps and move towards a greater history of Lyminge Park.

Page currently under construction, we are adding the volumes’ synopses please call back later, if the volume you are interested in isn’t described here.  

LYMINGE a history Part five:

Published in  July 2014, sells for £5.00 (whilst current stocks last).


Preface and Dedication-being the fifth volume in the series.

Chapter 22 - Lyminge Men Remembered
This volume is dedicated to the men and parishioners who died during WWI and WWII and whose deaths were caused by enemy action.

The first edition of this volume was published in 2008. Following further research the book has been completely revised and re-laid out. This second edition also includes historical notes on the background of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission memorials and the Buffs (East Kent Regiment) the local infantry regiment.

The volume includes the following sections:


The Men Commemorated

Index to the Men From The First World War

Index to the Men From The Second World War

The History of the Lyminge War Memorial

The First World War

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Memorials of the First World War

The Buffs (East Kent Regiment)

Remembrance - Poppies and a Hymn

Final thoughts on the First World War

The Second World War

Memorials of the Second World War

Bibliography & Further Reading

LYMINGE a history Part six:

Published in  November 2014, sells for £6.00 (whilst current stocks last).


Preface and Dedication-being the sixth volume in the series. In this volume we introduce a coloured fold out illustrating the content of chapters 23 and 24. We also include coloured images from the other chapters on the inner cover pages and the back cover.

Chapter 23 - Thomas Hill's Map of Lyminge, 1685
This finely decorated and most beautiful map of the village, more specifically, of the land belonging to Timothy Bedingfield, is a fantastic example of a seventeenth-century estate map. Dr. Alex Kent has analyses the map and fully research the content. The results of his formidable research are written up here in a concise and intriguing manner as he uses the map to bring to life the village as it was in the 17th century.

Chapter 24 - Elham Union Workhouse
The first of a two articles on the Elham Valley Union Workhouse that appear in the Lyminge a History series, (see also volume eight). In this chapter Duncan Harrington lays out a brief history of the ancient poor law system leading up to the formation of the Union Workhouses and then moves swiftly on to describe the creation of the local Elham Valley Union Workhouse which was  built in Etchinghill.

Chapter 25 - Beatrice Coates
Rosemary Piddock one of our most productive local history researchers and noted speaker investigates an unusual grave headstone from the Lyminge Graveyard. Dating from 1937 the tale includes the crash of the Capricornus flying boat in the Beaujolais Mountains in France. Miss Coates from Lyminge was a lone passenger on the flight survived the crash but was so badly hurt she succumbed to her injuries and died a few days later. Subsequently the French police in searching the crash site came across a cache of gold bullion.   

Chapter 26 - Elham Valley Nailbourne
This chapter is a joint effort by Andrew Coleman and Duncan Harrington researching the source and composition of our local water source. The chapter describes the rising of the bourne at the site of Ethelburga’s Well head and its passage along the valley to join with the Great Stour at Plucks Gutter near West Stourmouth.

Chapter 27 - Longage Farm Gates
Duncan adds to his tally of articles as he investigates the fate of a set of gates that once spanned Longage Hill. One story was that they and came of worse when in collision with a Canadian Army Truck during the Second World War.

Chapter 28 - Childhood Recollections of Lyminge

Mrs Margaret Gillmore has provided us with some recollections from her childhood in Lyminge during the Second World War and over the subsequent years painting a picture of life in Lyminge including the filming of a scene from Kenneth More’s film “Raising a Riot” from 1955.

Chapter 29 - Who Did You Sleep with Last Night?

Ed Allan is back on the trial of the history of our local fauna here he delves into our bedding, and other snug locations within our houses, where some unusual if small house guests set up home. It is odd to realise that these creatures have been around for over 400 million years - so is it them of us who are the invaders?

Chapter 30 - The Earliest Parish Registers

Chapter 31 - Anglo-Saxon Lyminge: Excavations in 2013