Wednesday, January 27, 2010
LINTON,LOOSE ,BOUGHTON MONCHELSEA
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.