Whitfield within living memory (part 2) by Daphne Argent

The following article was written by Daphne Argent, and was published in the February 1999 issue of the magazine ‘Bygone Kent’. It follows on from ‘Whitfield within living memory (Part 1)’. Whitfield, near Dover, was a rural community, with much employment being on the land. Agriculture does not allow for set finishing times or holidays and so for many people …

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 …

Smuggling in Dover in the 18th and 19th Centuries

The white cliffs soaring high above Dover form a landmark that is visible on all but the darkest of nights. Smuggling was rife in Dover, and by 1745 there were reported to be 400 men involved in the business, with no other obvious source of income. There had been a Customs House in the town since the thirteenth century, and …

Mozart at Barham Races, 25 July 1765

The 8 year-old Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart arrived in England in April 1764 as part of his ‘European Tour’, and went to London where he remained for over a year giving concerts, recitals and generally wowing audiences with his brilliance, including King George III. He was accompanied throughout by his father, Leopold, and his older sister, Nannerle. Illness in the group …

‘Dover Habour’ – by Thomas Armstrong

  Written in 1942 by author Thomas Armstrong, ‘Dover Harbour’ is a thrilling romance and a splendid piece of historical reconstruction – giving a fascinating glimpse into life in Dover under threat of invasion by Napoleon.  A little heavy at first, but as the story unfolds, it becomes difficult to put the book down. The book tells ‘the story of England …