Saturday, 27 September 2008
"Iden Thomas Newman, who was the brother of my great grandmother Mary Ann Wells, was born in Mereworth on 17th May 1845. In his salad days he was a carpenter, in the census returns for 1881,1891 and 1901 he is recorded as being the Licensed Victualler at The Woodmans Inn, East Malling".
Wednesday, 7 May 2008
Are we British obsessed with the weather and the trains? Anyway, as I've waited recently in the glorious sun at East Malling station I often ponder how well the station is maintained, despite the best efforts of some. What caught my eye recently are the new (retro-style) signs replacing the old blue and white ones. What would also be nice are some flower boxes or hanging baskets full of flowers to welcome people to the station, or, as the case may be, send them off.
Anyway, if you have an interest in all things train-related, you may be interested in my previous posts on East Malling Halt. To continue the theme, please cast your eye over the photos above of another view of the old Halt and an old ticket for a journey between Borough Green and Wrotham and East Malling Halt (courtesy of some sellers on ebay). Sadly there are no dates for the photo or the ticket. If anyone has any thoughts, please post a comment on the site.
Tuesday, 1 April 2008
Friday, 14 March 2008
Thursday, 28 February 2008
Friday, 22 February 2008
I expect there are more photos and information out there on steam trains and East Malling. If you have anything to contribute, please let me know.
Wednesday, 6 February 2008
The painting is called "A 1944 Pastoral : Land Girls Pruning at East Malling" by Evelyn Dunbar and is available on the Manchester Art Gallery website. The information accompanying the picture explains that: "Recruits from the Women's Land Army are here shown pruning apple trees in a small village just outside Maidstone in Kent. The Land Army was set up to encourage women to work on farms to help the war effort. The surround of hands with secateurs
suggests diagrams from a training manual".
You may have already guessed that the setting is The East Malling Research Station, confirmed by Brian Foss (2007) in his book "War Paint: Art, War, State and Identity in Britain, 1939-1945". If you are interested in learning more about the painting you can read the relevant section of Foss' book on Google Book Search or have a look at the an article in the Telegraph on Dunbar's work
Right, where did I put my secateurs...