As aforementioned in my previous diary entry, I have been researching the two final locations I will be photographing as part of my work experience; Meopham and Gravesend.
Both of these locations are rather large, easily the two biggest so far. So, it will be of much help to fully research and plan my visits, as to maximise efficiency. To help narrow my list of subjects (especially in Gravesend), I shall be focusing on the sights that the employer’s sight lists themselves. These are, handily, layed out on a Google maps widget on the site (www.visitgravesend.co.uk/things-to-do/attractions/), and are as follows:
- The Woodville – ‘The Woodville Theatre is one of the larger, versatile arts and entertainment venues in North Kent providing a regular programme of music, comedy and exhibitions and annual pantomime’.
- Guru Nanak Darbar Gurdwara – ‘The magnificent Sri Guru Nanak Darbar Gurdwara is the new place of worship for the sizeable Sikh community who live in Gravesend, but it is sure to draw interest and visitors from much further afield’.
- Woodland Parks – ‘Large expanse of greenery just outside the heart of Gravesend. Perfect place for a family picnic, a game of football, mini-golf or just a sit in the sun outside the cafe‘.
- Windmill Hill Gardens – ‘Windmill Hill is located on the highest ground near Gravesend town centre and provides an interesting vantage point from which to view the surrounding areas and the river activity’.
- Gordon Gardens – ‘The Gordon Gardens area has a splendid display of flowers, mature plants and trees, with paths leading around the small lake, The pleasant riverside gardens offer visitors a restful environment and a great playground area for children’.
- Old Town Hall and Borough Market – ‘The Town Hall dates from 1836 and is built on the site of the previous Town Hall. The newly refurbished market now offers a full six days a week Indoor Market which is open Tuesday – Sunday’.
- Town Pier – ‘Take a stroll on the Pier out over the river or gently unwind with a leisurely meal or drink. You can also sail up and down the River Thames from the newly installed pontoon, on board barges or paddle steamers’.
- New Tavern Fort – ‘The Fort is the remains of an 18th century fort situated within the Fort Gardens and built in the 1780s to defend the Thames against the threat of a naval attack from France and extensively rebuilt by General Gordon between 1865 and 1879’.
- The Thames and Medway Canal – ‘For walkers the Thames & Medway Canal towpath forms a gentle and level section of circular walks linked to the Saxon Shore Way. It is also part of Route 1 of the National Cycle Network from Dover to John o’ Groats’.
- Chantry Heritage Centre – ‘This architectural gem is the oldest building in the borough (1189) and offers a fascinating insight into Gravesham’s heritage with the aid of high quality displays, contemporary artefacts, and brand new audio tour’.
Some of these locations have accompanying imagery, but unfortunately the links to such seem to be broken. I have managed to save two of the images:
Pictured: New Tavern Fort (left) and Windmill Hill Gardens (right)
As you can see, these are very much ‘snapshots’ of the locations. A lot of the sights had no accompanying images at all.
St. Mildred’s church – ‘The church in its present form,with walls of oblong flints, and the nearby Nurstead Court are the only surviving parts of the Manor as it existed in 1349. Records and drawings of the church can be found in the British Museum. The large East window is of particular interest showing St. Mildred with her stag, St. George, Christ, St. Anselm and St. Alban’.
Image (taken from: http://www.meopham.org/gallery/st-mildreds-church):
Hook and green village sign – ‘The Meopham Village Sign designed by a local artist Mr Eric Bugg and erected on Hook Green in May 1998 by The Meopham Historical Society. It incorporates a bishop’s mitre representing one of the earliest of Meopham’s famous residents, Simon de Meopham, who was born in the parish in 1272 and died in Mayfield in Sussex in 1332. He became in 1327, after a distinguished ecclesiastical career, Archbishop of Canterbury and it was during his incumbency that the church was first built. It also includes a sprig of tradescantia virginica as a tribute to a Meopham family, the Tradescants, remembered for its contribution to horticulture. The elder John Tradescant became gardener to Charles I’s Queen, Henrietta Maria in 1629 and by that time had brought to England specimens of new trees, plants, birds and stones from Algiers and Russia. His son, who succeeded him as the Queens gardener, brought specimens from Virginia and it was after him that tradescantia virginica was named. The cricket stumps and bat show the long history of cricket in the Parish dating back to 1776 and the Parish’s two most prominent buildings, the Windmill built in 1801 by the Killick brothers and the St. John’s Church dating back to 1325’.
Image (taken from www.meopham.org/gallery/hook-green-village-sign):
St. John’s church – ‘The Parish Church of Meopham. Originally founded in Saxon times, the present building dates in part from 1325′.
Image (taken from http://www.meopham.org/gallery/st-johns-church):
The Meopham Windmill – ‘The Meopham Windmill was built in 1801 by the three Killick brothers reputedly from old ships timbers purchased from Chatham Dockyard. It was built to a ‘Smock’ design similar to the brothers’ other mill at Strood; the name derives from the similarity to the garment worn by agricultural workers in earlier times. The basic principle of a Smock Mill is that the body of the mill in which the machinery is housed is static and only the ‘cap’ and sails turn to face the wind.
The mill remained in the Killick family for nearly 90 years when it was sold to John Norton in 1889 and operated under that name until it was closed down in 1965. The mill was driven by the sails until 1927 when the Norton family purchased a 15 h.p. engine from a mill at Boughton. Power from the oil engine was taken into the mill by a drive belt to the first floor.
The cap (and therefore sails) of the mill is turned toward the wind by a series of gearwheels and a wormgear driven by the the ‘fantail’ situated at the rear of the cap. The sails themselves followed a design by William Cobbett by which the effective area of the sail is automatically adjusted for any wind strength.
In order to preserve this important landmark the Council decided to proceed with restoration and the Mill now serves as the headquarters of the parish council’.
Image (taken from www.meopham.org/content/meopham-windmill):
There also quite a large number of pubs within the village, some of which I shall photograph, as well as the peculiarly situated cricket green.