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 …