Tonbridge and Lewes
Pictures taken on Monday 26th and Tuesday 27th May.
The very heavy rain overnight 25th/26th caused the scheduled cricket match at Tunbridge Wells to be abandoned. I took a walk around my former home town of Tonbridge. There are a few pictures taken around the Castle grounds, the old moat, River Medway and the Tonbridge Sports Ground just across the way. The minor flooding shows how wet it had been.
The Morris Traveller I snapped might bring back some memories for some of you. A friend of mine had one many years ago which had fungus growing on the wood.
I took a trip to Lewes on the 27th. Lewes has an essential industry still in its historic city centre site. Harvey’s ale is well-regarded in the area. Chapel Walk in Cliffe has a nice air to it.
The woods are a nature park almost in the town centre, which seems to have avoided many of the excesses of modern urban planning all too prevalent in the UK.
The ancient bookshop declares it is 15th century in origin.
Above the town stands the Castle. Ruined now, it has an impressive gateway and numerous narrow, winding streets around it. Keere Street (off the High Street) is a steep hill and at the bottom is the politest ‘NO ENTRY’ sign I have ever seen.
Southover Grange sits below the High Street by a stream. Built in 1572, it is now a pleasant place to visit with its gardens.
I didn’t know about Thomas Paine being a hero of the American and French revolutions, but there are plaques to him all over town.
The ancient Bull Inn In Lewes High Stret has a long history, detailed in a plaque on the side of the present chapel.
Finally, back to Tonbridge and some more woods. Not just any old woods, these are part of the extensive remains of the forest of Andreswald (one variation of the name) or the Weald. Before Roman times, the forest covered large parts of what is now West Kent and East Sussex.
For many centuries this forest was a dark and sinister place, where their armies feared to tread. The Saxons and their successors gradually cleared some of the areas but enough remains throughout the two counties to convey the feeling, especially on a dark and misty evening.
Hope you like the pictures.

Tonbridge, Kent and Lewes, East Sussex 26/27 May

on May 27, 2008 by cubsur51

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