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Explore England's Past


Snodland’s last pre-war public building is the cinema built in 1912, now in use as a Roman Catholic church.

For 70 miles the River Medway runs through Kent shaping the landscape and providing opportunity for the people of the county.

Aylesford looking North. The central arch of the mediaeval bridge had to be widened to allow river traffic through.

Aylesford. Preston Hall from the south-east. This was the home of the Culpepers from the later thirteenth until the eighteenth century.

Aylesford High Street looking east. The road from the mediaeval bridge enters from the right. Little has changed in this view.

Barge on the Medway proceeding towards Rochester, with Wouldham in the background.

Wouldham, Purser Place, the house of Walter Burke. He was purser on the Victory and it was in his arms that Nelson died.

Burham, St Mary the Virgin. Now in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust, the building outlasted its Victorian replacement.

Burham was once a distinct, seperated community, having very different traditions and peculiarities from it's neighbouring villages, despite their