Mr E. B. Hopper Esquire – New Zealand pioneer

Edward Betts Hopper was born in around 1799 in Dover, Kent into a Quaker family – his parents were Robert Hopper and Abigail Betts. Parts of his life are shrouded in mystery – indeed, nothing is known of Edward’s early life – the first official record we have of him is his baptism on 20 March 1826 in Queenborough, Kent. …



Joe and May HOPPER – ’50 Wonderful Years’

The following is an article originally printed in the Dover Express & East Kent News on Friday 16th July, 1976. It was at her brother’s wedding reception that May Groombridge first met the man who was to be her husband.  The reception was at her parents’ home, and Joe Hopper arrived – in his cricket flannels!  He had been playing cricket …



Alfred Hopper (1910-1990) – World War II veteran

Alfred George HOPPER (1910-1990) – During World War Two Alf was conscripted into the army, the Royal Artillery, and after the invasion of Europe in 1944 he served in France and Germany, and took part in the Liberation of Arnhem in April 1945.  During his wartime service he was taught to drive vehicles and to tow a gun and so, …



Whitfield within living memory (part 1) – by Daphne Argent

The following article was written by Daphne Argent, and was published in the January 1999 issue of the magazine ‘Bygone Kent’.  Read more about the village in ‘Whitfield within living memory (Part 2)’ The introduction to an article often recalls the early years of a century but as the date of my own birth in the 1930s recedes further and …



HOPPER: back to 13th century Ickham in Kent

The Hoppers of Ickham, Kent Although the Hopper family eventually went on to populate the East Kent coastal towns and villages, the earliest reliable records of my Hopper ancestors go back to the tiny hamlet of Ickham (about 5 miles west of Canterbury) and the death of Richard Hopper there on 26 November 1614. Queen Elizabeth I had died some …