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Kent, England, Tom Tour Continued ...

Additonal photos of their Bell House and grounds can be seen here:


map of Kent

With 'Moore' Of The Wonders of Kent

partial road map of Kent

Six streets result from the search for "BOUGHTON MALHERBE"

(Listed alphabetically)

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Kent Links:

bulletclick here for Kentnet (everything for and about Kent, England, if this Site isn't enough)

bullet click here for Canterbury

bullet click here for Maidstone

bulletclick here for Dover

And Listed On This Page:

bulletA Brief History of Their Time

bulletAnyone For A Scotch Egg?

bulletSt. Nicholas Church, Boughton Malherbe

bulletOther Places To Visit

bulletThe Channel Tunnel


bullet A Brief History of Their Time:

Kent >>>The "Garden of England."

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Kent was settled before most other parts of England, and has the oldest recorded place name in the British Isles.

The County's history is closely bound up in it's proximity to mainland Europe.

Archaeological remains from prehistoric times show clear links between Kent and northern Europe, as well as a probable land link.

The building works and extensive road system connected with our Channel Tunnel has had the greatest impact on the County's communication links and economic structure since the first trading forays of the Belgae from northern France around about 400 BC.

Kent had no single urban centre, but rather several towns of medium size. As local administration developed, Kent was divided into two units, East (Men of Kent), administered from Canterbury; and West (Kentish Men), from Maidstone.

In 1814 these two seperate administrations were merged with Maidstone becoming the County seat.

Ease of access by water to London developed Chatham and Sheerness as dockland towns; and Margate and Ramsgate as seaside resorts. All the towns along the eastern sea coast were significant either as commercial ports or in the defence of the realm. Dover, Hythe, New Romney and Sandwich were four of the Original five "Cinque Ports."

Many paper mills were set up in the seventeenth century where sufficient water was available.

Tunbridge Wells became a fashionable spa town in the 1670's.

Elsewhere in the County, the dominant occupation was horticulture, and the growing of hops for brewing.

The hop, iron and cloth industries have provided the Kent landscape with two of the most prominent landmarks, the oast houses used for drying hops and the wealden hall houses of the Kent ironmasters and cloth manufacturers.


From the 1750's those parts of Kent nearest to London began to develop as suburbs of the capital. The County boundary was adjusted in 1889 when the present boroughs of Greenwich and Lewisham became part of London. These were added to in 1965 with the boroughs of Bromley and Bexley. Further parts of Kent lying between the A21 and the M25 were added to London in 1974.

Much of West Kent is now London commuter territory and towns like Maidstone, Sevenoaks and Tonbridge have expanded rapidly in size and population. The coming of the railways in the mid-nineteenth century was responsible for reviving the fortunes of Folkestone and for transforming Ashford from a small market town to the centre of railway communications in Kent.

During the war both Canterbury and Dover were heavily bombed by Germany and received numerous V1 and V2 rocket attacks from Calais during 1943.

The subsequent rebuilding of Canterbury and the enlargement of towns like Maidstone and Dover since 1963 has changed much of Kent.


bulletAnyone For A Scotch Egg?

Kent Pubs Tom Baker Has Been Known To Recommend:

1) The Hunchback And Ferret

2) The Goat 'N' Boot

3) The King's Arms


bulletSt. Nicholas Church, Boughton Malherbe

st nicholas church

But WHERE On Earth IS The Unfinished Stone Leaning? Easy as "PI" -- down the downspout and against THAT wall.

st nicholas church

The sign reads: "The Millennium is CHRIST'S 2000th BIRTHDAY. Worship Him here - now." And can't you imagine when HE finished mowing the tummies of the dead, HE sat on this bench and posed and waved at the people as they went by?

Shall we take a lil' peek inside?

interior -st nicholas church

interior -st nicholas church

interior -st nicholas church

interior -st nicholas church

Interior shots of St. Nicholas Church.

interior -st nicholas church

St. Nicholas Church, St Nicholas Window.

The TOMstone in better TIMEs.

st nicholas church

To the Right and behind the Trees ... HIS former residence.

Tom and Sue's lane to house in Kent

To The RIGHT Kent Sheep To The LEFT Driveway To THE BELL HOUSE

Tom and Sue's house in Kent


Tom and Sue's house in Kent

From St. Nicholas' Grounds THE BELL HOUSE -- Cemetery On TWO Sides

Tom's Unfinished stone -- The Location

Walking Towards The Leaning TOMstone

Tom's Unfinished stone

The Unfinished Leaning TOMstone

Tom's Unfinished stone -- The Location

Walking Away From The Leaning TOMstone


bullet Other Places to Visit

  • Badsell Park Farm,
  • Paddock Wood, Kent.
  • Groombridge Place
  • Goombridge, Kent.
  • Hammerwood Park
  • East Grinstead, Sussex
  • Hever Castle
  • Edenbridge, Kent.
  • Howletts Wild Animal Park
  • Bekesbourne, Canterbury, Kent.
  • Lamberhurst Vineyards
  • Lamberhurst, Kent.
  • Leeds Castle, Leeds
  • Maidstone, Kent.
  • The National Trust
  • Various Branches
  • Penshurst Place
  • Penshurst, Kent.
  • Whitbread Hop Farm
  • Beltring, Paddock Wood, Kent.
  • Dover Castle
  • Langdon Cliffs,Dover,Kent.
  • Walmer Castle
  • Walmer, Deal,Kent.
  • Bodiam Castle
  • Bodiam ,East Sussex.
  • Kearsney Abbey and Russell Gardens
  • Alkham Valley Road,Dover.Kent
  • The Sunken Gardens
  • Royal Esplande,Westbrook,Margate,Kent


    bulletThe Channel Tunnel

    The newest and fastest method of crossing the English
    Channel is to go under it via the tunnel ("Chunnel")
    connecting Folkestone, England, with Calais, France.
    Direct rail service from London to Paris or Brussels brings
    you from city center to city center in about three hours.

    The Chunnel and Eurostar Services

    In 1888, Louis Figuier proclaimed that "linking France and
    England will meet one of the present day needs of
    civilization." On May 6, 1994, England' s Queen
    Elizabeth II and France's President Francois Mitterrand
    brought Figuier's words to life and inaugurated a new era
    in European train travel--the linking of England and France
    via a tunnel that runs underground and under the English
    Channel. More than 17 million tons of earth were moved to
    build the two rail tunnels (one for northbound and one for
    southbound traffic) and one service tunnel.

    Plagued by delays and billions of dollars in cost overruns,
    the Chunnel has proven to be one of the world's largest
    undertakings. The project cost more than $13 billion and
    took seven years to complete. Napoleon's
    engineer, Albert Mathieu, planned the first tunnel in 1802,
    incorporating an underground passage with ventilation
    chimneys above the waves. For obvious reasons the
    British were nervous. Later, in 1880, the first real attempt at
    a tunnel was undertaken by Colonel Beaumont, who bored
    2,000 meters into the earth before abandoning the project.
    When work on another tunnel began in 1974, the
    Beaumont tunnel was found to be in good condition.
    Construction of the current tunnels, which are 38
    kilometers in length undersea and have an average depth
    of 40 meters under the seabed, began in 1987.

    Operated by British Rail, the French (SNCF), and Belgium
    (SNCB) railways, the Eurotunnel provides three different
    types of service between England and the Continent.

    Waterloo Station

    Eurostar provides passenger service, and
    Le Shuttle provides automobile, coach, and lorry service
    between Folkestone and Calais. International rail freight
    rounds out the list.

    Eurostar service is offered from London's new Waterloo
    International Eurostar Terminal to Paris' Gare du Nord or
    Brussels Midi station, in either direction. Travel times from
    London to Paris are reduced from more than five hours to
    three hours. BritRail pass holders receive a discount on
    Eurostar tickets.

    In 1996, service will be expanded to include Eurostar
    originations from Glasgow, Edinburgh, York, Manchester,
    Birmingham, and cities in between that link them to Paris
    and Brussels in either direction. These direct daytime
    Eurostar Regional Services will reduce travel times from
    Edinburgh to Paris, for example, from more than twelve
    hours to just over nine hours. European Night Services will
    also be added for those wishing to arrive in Paris or
    Brussels in time for breakfast. Night services will include
    departures from London to Amsterdam, Dortmund and
    Frankfurt, Germany. Both seated and sleeper
    accommodations will be offered for overnight departures,
    featuring onboard catering and luggage storage

    The Eurostar Trains

    The sleek Eurostar trains (Trans Mache Super
    ) each carry 794 passengers (210 in first class
    and 584 in second class) and reach speeds of 300 km/h
    in France, with speeds through the Chunnel of 80 miles per
    hour. The train is based primarily on the TGV but was
    redesigned to accommodate the three different voltage
    types encountered en-route. The trains are accessible to
    handicapped passengers and provide sufficient storage for

    Eurostar Train in Waterloo Station

    Those taking advantage of a trip from Paris or Brussels to
    London on a Eurostar train are in for a treat. The trains
    offer the comfort and amenities comparable to few trains in
    the world. From departure you're in store for a smooth,
    quiet, ride, and even when you enter the tunnel the only
    noticeable change is the sudden darkness. Those
    concerned with changes in air pressure needn't worry. Air
    flow through the tunnel is regulated to minimize changes in
    pressure, and few, if any passengers notice discomfort.

    Eurostar staff are multilingual and are available to provide
    assistance. You'll notice them right away, with their navy
    blue uniforms with accented yellow scarves or ties. If you
    have any questions, they are there to serve you.

    Passengers traveling first-class are treated to an on-board
    meal ranging from breakfast to dinner depending upon the
    time of day. Second-class passengers are provided with a
    buffet car; and roving refreshment cart services are
    available at nominal costs.


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