The monthly newsletter for Members and Friends of S & C H S.

Issue Two Vol. 2021

Welcome to Issue 2 of the History Society’s 2021 newsletter, intended to keep members and friends fully up to date with what’s going on behind the scenes while we are unable to hold our regular meetings.


Member’s Nights

Following our successful feature, The Polite Austrian which can be viewed on the Shepherdswell & Coldred History Youtube Channel, held on the 28th January, we will be presenting another short programme on the 25th February.

This will be about the life of Thomas Williams, landlord of the Bricklayers Arms from 1910-1926.

For more information about how to view this presentation, click here.


January Report

As last month, the work done by the Committee has been largely focused on Three Barrows Down. More news on this to follow soon.

The launch of the Shepherdswell & Coldred History (Youtube) Channel has been very successful with widespread acclaim from several other history associations.


100 Years Ago

Despite February 1921 being a very quiet month, Jean Wooldridge has managed to find another interesting article from a century ago.

The article below was taken from the Dover Express & East Kent News dated the 4th February 1921.


As this is Cupid’s month we thought this article, which appeared in the Belfast Telegraph dated 14th September 1946, would be apt.

It also appeared in the Lancashire Evening Post, the Hartlepool Northern Daily Mail and People newspapers.



This month, by popular demand, a wordsearch.

The first person to correctly complete it and send it to or drop it through my letterbox at 47 Westcourt Lane wins a box of chocolates.

There was no winner last month and although I would like to say it will be a rollover, I can’t.

The chocolates have been consumed, by ahem… unknown persons.

Adisham Alkham Ash Aylesham Barfrestone Barham Bekesbourne Betteshanger Bossingham Bridge

Chalk Chartham Chilham Chillenden Coldred Denton East Langdon Eastry Elvington Eythorne

Finglesham Frogham Garlinge Goodnestone Guston Ham Hersden Hougham

Ickham Kearsney Kingsdown Littlebourne Lydden MartinMill Nonnington Northbourne

Patrixbourne Preston Ringwould RippleRiver Shepherdswell Staple

St Margarets Temple Ewell Tilmanstone Waldershare Whitfield Wickhambreaux Wingham Woodnesborough



Are you doing any research at the moment or do you want to start?

It would be great if you had something to share and if you want some help starting or help along the way, we have some gifted minds who might be able to help. So just ask.

The History Society has had an email from Melanie Griffin, who spent some of her teenage years in the village. Her parents, the Chancellors, lived here for many years and some of our senior members may remember them, especially Eva Chancellor who was part of the WI.

She wrote:

When we first moved to Shepherdswell, in the Summer of 1963, there were plenty of village amenities then and the location was half way between where my parents were teachers, Dad in Folkestone and Mum in Canterbury. We had to move from our last house, near Canterbury because the roof had gone and Dad couldn’t afford to mend it ~ (it was an old building that Dad and his brother had renovated, around the Coronation time, after we 3 kids had all been very ill up in smoggy London.) We went house hunting then, and Dad kept on being gazumped. So, when Dad said he was going to buy the old rectory of the Shepherdswell Methodist minister, up by the swings on the rec., we went to look at it. I think Mum’s heart must have stopped when we all saw dog daisies growing up through the floorboards in the front room. There was an old grass tennis court outside, whose grass bank was covered in beautiful big dog daisies. But Dad said he would find a builder and renovate this lovely house. So he did !

The house was ‘Sorne’, built in 1911. It had all brown painted wooden fireplaces, when we first looked at it, quite dreary ! So Dad put in lovely stone ones in the downstairs rooms. Then Dad built the porch on the front, and put in sliding doors from the dining room into the conservatory that he also built. Then he built a large garage at the back, with a quiet room on the back of that for his man’s den, where he played his classical music and read his many books. One summer holiday he got so fed up with the potholes in, the then unadopted, Approach Road that he took his concrete mixer down there and filled the holes up with concrete !! The headlines in the Dover Express the next week were about “teacher spending his Summer break mending the road” …. much to his embarrassment. We never found out who told the paper!

I’d just finished taking my O-levels when moving day arrived, and I’d been told to walk from The Langton Girls School down to Canterbury East station and catch the train to Shepherdswell. I’d never been on a train by myself before, and I was really nervous. Then I found there were 4 other Langton girls who got the train as well, 2 of them from Shepherdswell. Moving to the vil- lage was an opening to having a social life for me, with a thriving youth club to go to. Soon I learned all about the village, and walked round it with my new friends, discovering there was a garage there; Mr Bloor’s butchers; two pubs; Vye’s grocery shop; a little Co-op; a haberdashery; a hairdresser; a farm shop; a convenience shop near the village green (The Forge ?) and last but not least there were a primary school, a Methodist chapel and a C of E church.

Mum never wanted to move out of the village, after Dad died in the 1970s, and later swapped houses with a family down at The Glen. She had enjoyed village life and made so many great friends, and was really enjoying being given some church work to do, when Father Michael was the vicar. All my visits to the village to stay with Mum and look after her when she was ill, were a real joy for me. It was sad for both of us when she had to sell her house and so many of her possessions, to move out of the county to live with my sister’s family on the Surrey border. Vil- lage life was more “normal”, but commuter land and living in a town full of well-to-do people in suits was just not her scene. Shepherdswell was special, a place where everybody respected everyone else, and felt part of a family who treasured community life. So she told me that when she died, she wanted to be buried back there, to go “back home”. So she was…


This Month’s Photo & Quote

This month’s photograph was taken between 1898 and 1908 and shows the first purpose built Post Office in Shepherdswell.

This was next to the railway bridge where the Oakleys homes are now.

The Post Office moved to it’s site on Church Hill in 1908 and this building had many more guises including a Co-Operative/haberdashery, a hardware shop, an estate agents and a pet food/garden shop before demolition in the 1990’s.


“Tomorrow will be a good day.” – Captn. (Ret.) Sir Tom Moore.


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