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Posted over 6 years ago by Rachael Hale with 0 comments

'Dear Molly Stone is all my own'. The message is simple, the declaration clear and how cherished it must have been. During the 17th and 18th centuries engraved coins were a popular love token. This one is a favourite of Giles Guthrie, the Collections...

Posted over 6 years ago by Rachael Hale with 0 comments

Memorial Window to Robert Aubrey Hildyard, St Leonard's Church, Hythe. Image taken by Rachael Hale 2011 This soldier looks so peaceful doesn't he? As if he is just taking a nap after a long journey but the reality is rather more poignant. His name is...

Posted over 6 years ago by Rachael Hale with 0 comments

Far from being a relatively new term, it seems that 'being on the dole' can be traced back centuries. This rare Dole Table can be found in the churchyard of St John the Baptist church in Penshurst and was used to distribute bread and money to the poor...