TQ6557 : The Quintain at Offham

taken 14 days ago, near to Offham, Kent, Great Britain

The Quintain at Offham
The Quintain at Offham
On the Green, next to Teston Road, a Grade II listed monument and arguably the village's main claim to fame. The Quintain is widely used as the settlement's symbol on other signs etc. It was a supposedly a Roman invention, popular in Elizabethan times as a means of testing the agility of horsemen. They practised their skill by charging at the Quintain (or tilting post) with a lance, hitting the broad part of the cross-bar and dodging out of the way before the other end with its heavy weight hit them on the back of the head.

During the Second World War the Quintain was removed for safety as it could have assisted an invading army as a landmark. It was restored to its present place on 11 August 1945.
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TQ6557, 75 images   (more nearby )
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Date Taken
Sunday, 8 September, 2019   (more nearby)
Submitted
Wednesday, 11 September, 2019
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Village, Rural settlement 
Primary Subject of Photo
Green 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 6573 5727 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:17.4270N 0:22.5247E
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 65739 57273
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WEST (about 270 degrees)
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