Lyminge a history Part 13




This volume is dedicated to, and contains an obituary of, Duncan Harrington, former editor of Lyminge a history who died in 2023.

Chapter 97: Elizabeth Bowen in Lyminge: Diana Baldwin
This chapter explores a period in the life of author Elizabeth Bowen when she lived in Lyminge. Bowen is recognised to have written some of the very best literary fiction of the mid 20th Century. The triangle formed by Folkestone, Hythe and Lyminge had a profound influence on her and featured in many of her novels and short stories, and it is where she came to live at the end of her life. We have an opportunity to see inside the actual late Victorian villa where she lived in 1911 and can see the kind of house that she appreciated so much personally and wrote about so frequently in her work.

Chapter 98: Lyminge in 1921 – Part1: Rosemary Piddock
Part 1 of a two part examination of the changes affecting Lyminge in the years after the First World War, informed by the release in 2022 of the 1921 Census. This chapter focuses on a selection of houses in the village, considering the people who lived in them and what this tells us about change in society at this time. Part 2, to be published in a future volume of Lyminge a history, will focus on a selection of business premises.

Chapter 99: The “Unique Cross in Lyminge Churchyard”: Rob Baldwin
The chance find of an unusual early postcard illustrating a cross in Lyminge Churchyard that no longer exists presents a puzzle as to what is represented. The search for an explanation reveals the tale of how the poor who died in the Elham Union Workshouse, at Etchinghill within the parish, who otherwise had no marked graves, were commemorated by this cross placed in the churchyard by the Rector Canon Jenkins during the second half of the 19th Century.

Chapter 100: Records from Little Rhode Farm, Rhodes Minnis: Rosemary Piddock
A sequel to Chapter 94 in Lyminge a history Part 12, describing life on this small farm from the 1940s to the 1960s, told through the eyes of Daphne Andrews who grew up there and whose father George Leppard made his living from it.

Chapter 101: A neolithic polished flint axe head discovered in Lyminge in 1917: Rob Baldwin
A tale of discovery that begins with a short report in a local newspaper in 1917 and which proceeds to track down the actual axe discovered, and where it was originally found. This gives Lyminge the highest concentration of neolithic axe heads of anywhere in East Kent, suggesting there was probably a community living close by some 4,000 to 6,000 years ago.

Chapter 102: The Poor are always with us: Relieving Poverty in Georgian Lyminge. Part 1 – The mid 18th Century 1735-1769: Rob Baldwin
Part 1 of a projected two part analysis of the Overseers’ Accounts and Vestry Minutes of Lyminge Parish during the Georgian period. This part focuses on the surviving records from the middle of the 18th Century, and through a detailed review of the accounts shows how the poor were reasonably well supported by the local community. Part 2, to be published in a future volume of Lyminge a history, will examine records from the period of the Napoleonic Wars when the economic situation was very different.

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