Local History 2
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We are now comfortable in our new home, Room 1 at the CCA Hall. This is not so claustrophobic, and not so hot, but sleep is not quite so easy.
In July, about 25 of us went to Sackville College at East Grinstead. We received great hospitality from the guides and the staff. Originally founded by Robert Sackville in 1609 as an Alms House, it still continues to this day.
A solitary room was provided for each person, no heat, no light, no water. Twice daily attendance at Chapel was compulsory, all inmates to be in by the curfew bell at 8.00pm each night. But, they did have a roof over their head, which is something many did not have.
Great tea and cakes after, made by volunteers.
In August, our old friend Ian Beavis from Tunbridge Wells Museum gave us a talk on the History of Tunbridge Wells. Ian has a wealth of knowledge which he is happy to share. He always seems to have his own slant on history, and listening to him is a joy.
In September, we had a talk on Shoreham Fort, by Gary Baines. This was part of the defensive chain that continued along the South Coast, to guard against attack by our garlic-eating friends across the Chanel. They were dubbed "Palmerstons Follies", because they were never used. If history had turned out differently, they most certainly would not have been "Follies".
The Shoreham Fort was part of a trio of defensive forts, Newhaven, Shoreham, and Littlehampton, which could have co-ordinated defensive cannon fire between them, and would have blown our friends out of the water! Oh good.