Wednesday, January 27, 2010
It took incredible backwoodsman skill to get this close to a Stag (not)
I estimate about 1700 or later?
Pig Snout=Walk Out
CHEQUERS INN AT LOOSE VILLAGE SITUATED ON THE OLD ROMAN ROAD,AND BEING NEAR A STREAM ,A GOOD STOPPING PLACE FOR ROMANS.
THE NAME "CHEQUERS" COMES FROM THE CHEQUERED BOARD WHICH SYMBOLISED THE ROMAN MONEY CHANGER,THE ROMANS USING A CHECKED CLOTH FOR CALCULATIONS
THE CHANCELLOR OF THE EXCHEQUER DERIVES HIS NAME FROM THIS.
SEE HOW MANY CHEQUERS PUBS ARE ON ROMAN ROADS /CROSSROADS NEAR WATER
I estimate 1675? or later
I estimate 1575 but refurbished at a later date
Most of the houses had streams in their gardens
This tree is 1500 years old
The Weald of kent looking towards Marden sort of direction
Following a brief stop at the bakers near Linton Village Crossroads,to pick up a coffee and sausage rolls,I waited at the RVP for the rest of the group to ,well,RV.
We headed off from Linton Church ,west along the Greensand Way which is just below the southern ridge ,and then turned north into Clock House Farm where there are at least 60 caravans for visiting workers! Crossing Heath road through the hedge,we walked down the footpath to Forstal lane,Gordon Court and then down into Loose Village to all Saints Church.It has an ancient Yew Tree which is at least
One Thousand Five Hundred Years old! We then followed the stream ,which at one time had 13 mills upon it .We stopped for our coffee by the Chequers Pub,and then passed under the viaduct built by Thomas Telford into "Little Switzerland"We followed the path along the bank of the stream to Boughton Quarries,and ,noting a Belgic Earthwork defence crossed the stream into a massive strawberry plantation in Iden Farm.
At Cock Strret we headed south into the woods ,and intercepted the Greensand way towards Boughton Monchelsea Church (St Peter's)which has a magnificent Wisteria.Then we attracted the attention of the Stags in the park,who are used to being fed,but we had nothing for them.There was a particularly fine white stag,which was larger than the others,and I identified with it,of course.
We returned to the car park and shortly after it started to drizzle.
It was cold and damp sunny at times but mostly grey.
A good walk,we will repeat in the summer.
2 Deg C, 6 of us, 6 miles
Pic of wisteria Courtesy of St Peter's website.
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
AS YOU CAN SEE ITS A BIT MISERABLE WEATHER WISE
THE SAFETY BARRIERS AROUND THE DENE HOLE/WELL
THE UNUSUAL STONE PULPIT
I've done this once and its disappeared into cyberspace!
Starting at Doddington Church up the hill,giving way to a young lady on horse back,we came to a T junction and crossed onto a long footpath on a large open field towards the church with a spire.I was glad that a spare jacket was produced,as mine was still in the front hall at home.
It was cold,damp,gloomy and muddy,but we persevered.The church(St Catherine's Kingsdown)was still consecrated,but not in use,it was however,kept in good condition .We entered and took some pictures and had a look around.An unusual stone pulpit,and some nice stained glass.From the church,to the motorway,crossing over and paralleling through a foot deep bank of snow.At the end of the field we recrossed and entered the woods startling a flock of peahens(collective noun please?)Emerging we found a familiar footpath and more open fileds,and coppicing operations ,where we stopped and had our coffee,whilst looking for a stick,left here last summer (no joy)
entering Torry Hill park,(Lee-Pemberton estate)we made our way through mature trees and through the farmyard(typically full of junk)and on to the road.Back into the estate,and towards Doddington,we examined a hole in the ground,which we dropped a stone down and it took six seconds to reach the bottom,
about 180 Metres ? any offers?
Then down the hillside.In half an hour we were back at the cars.
6 of us 4 degrees C ,cloudy grey .7.5 miles
St Catherine's church is typical of churches isolated after the Black Death ,where the villagers moved away and their building fell into disrepair.
It's a MUSTER of Peahens-noisy buggers aren't they?