TQ9239 : Bethersden Village Sign

taken 8 years ago, near to Bethersden, Kent, Great Britain

Bethersden Village Sign
Bethersden Village Sign
On the junction of School Road (on the right) and Whinston Avenue (behind).
Has four metal plaques on the post (one on each side).
OAST HOUSES - hop farming area until 1970s
ROCKING HORSE - Stevenson Brothers export them all over the world
ANVIL - forges in the parish are still operational
BOOK - Richard Lovelace, 17th C Cavalier poet, owned land in Bethersden.
He wrote "Stone walls doe not a prison make Nor iron bars a cage"
PLANE - village's wood craftmanship renowned.
SHEARS - sheep farming commercially important
PIG - 1086 village named Badericesdenne "denne" meant woodland where swine are pastured.
People have lived here for more than 1000 years. St.Margaret's Church is mentioned in the 12th C Domesday Monachorum. Baptist and Methodist Chapels are more modern. Bethersden 'marble' - formed from fossilised shells of tiny freshwater snails is no longer quarried but traditional crafts (woodworking, iron forging etc) continue, as do horticulture and pig, sheep and cereal farming. Riding, cricket, football, tennis and cycle-racing are features of village life, as is a spirit of community care.
The material in this sign - iron, oak and a limestone 'marble' and the
symbols all relate to activities for which Bethersden is famous.
The plaque is a montage of features in the village centre.
The sign was designed by residents and built by local craftsmen with a grant from Ashford Borough Council. Beneath the base, a Time Capsule is buried - to be open no sooner than 2100 AD.
Plaque 4 has a list of the craftsman who made the sign. See TQ9239 : Bethersden Village Sign, Bethersden, Kent for a close-up.
Kent Village Signs
King George VI recommended that the old custom of identifying villages with carved or painted name signs could be revived. In 1920, Biddenden had won a Daily Mail competition for a sign featuring the two Biddenden Maids.
More villages followed, especially in 1953, the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. More signs have been put up due to the Millennium. This has meant half of the county villages are identified.]
See also LinkExternal link , an article on Kent Village Signs
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Date Taken
Sunday, 24 January, 2010   (more nearby)
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 924 399 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:7.5677N 0:44.9492E
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 924 399
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North-northeast (about 22 degrees)
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