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Post by jhopgood » Tue Oct 04, 2011 6:42 pm

anniexf wrote:I was born in Brenchley, Paddock Wood, in a house called Moatlands. Sounds posh but pregnant mums from Sarf Lundern were evacuated to the country to give birth in those days because of the bombing. This house was, I believe, requisitioned by the Ministry of Whatever; I don't know whose it was. Anyone got any clues?
Extraordinary, so was I.
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Post by SAS » Wed Oct 05, 2011 10:19 am

Moatlands is a golf club! Out in the country between Brenchley and PW.

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Post by SAS » Wed Oct 05, 2011 10:20 am

Website says course is now closed - I think it happened just before we moved, c. 2008/9. Not sure what has happened to it.

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Post by SAS » Wed Oct 05, 2011 10:24 am

http://www.aim25.ac.uk/cgi-bin/vcdf/det ... nst_id=118 has the history of the hospital. http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/174386 has a photo of the house. http://www.geograph.org.uk/snippet/5120 has more pics.
All three of my children were born about 3 miles away in Pembury Hospital.

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Post by anniexf » Wed Oct 05, 2011 12:01 pm

Sally, thank you so much for all your research! Now I can add those vital background details & pics to my Ancestry profile. I assume it was because we came under Lewisham that my mother was evacuated to Moatlands. I remember her describing the house, in particular having to climb the stairs to get to the labour ward - it seemed such a long way and she had to stop for breath during contractions; now I can see what she meant! She also said it was in the middle of nowhere and she only had one visitor, her sister, for the entire fortnight. My father was abroad with the Army.
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anniexf wrote:I was born in Brenchley, Paddock Wood, in a house called Moatlands.
Extraordinary, so was I.
Small world, John - or do I mean spooky?! :o
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Post by jhopgood » Wed Oct 05, 2011 1:27 pm

anniexf wrote: I assume it was because we came under Lewisham that my mother was evacuated to Moatlands. I remember her describing the house, in particular having to climb the stairs to get to the labour ward - it seemed such a long way and she had to stop for breath during contractions; now I can see what she meant!
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anniexf wrote:I was born in Brenchley, Paddock Wood, in a house called Moatlands.
Extraordinary, so was I.
Small world, John - or do I mean spooky?! :o
I have always found it strange that on passport applications etc, I always put "Tonbridge" as place of birth, when I have never been back. My mother never said much about the place, although it was probably luxury compared to the two rooms that they rented on Woolwich Road.
What has intrigued me, from a coincidence point of view, is that I have traced my ancestors (1784) back to Boughton Monchelsea, which is only about 10 miles from Paddock Wood.
Small world indeed.
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Post by lonelymom » Wed Oct 05, 2011 6:42 pm

jhopgood wrote: I have always found it strange that on passport applications etc, I always put "Tonbridge" as place of birth, when I have never been back. My mother never said much about the place, although it was probably luxury compared to the two rooms that they rented on Woolwich Road.
What has intrigued me, from a coincidence point of view, is that I have traced my ancestors (1784) back to Boughton Monchelsea, which is only about 10 miles from Paddock Wood.
Small world indeed.
John, your post made strange reading for me, as I was born in Woolwich, and now live in the next village along from Boughton Monchelsea - it's about a 1-minute drive from me! Paddock Wood is about a 10-minute drive :)
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Post by SAS » Fri Oct 07, 2011 10:20 am

Which village are you in? We nearly bought a pub in Chart Sutton about 7 years ago.

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Post by lonelymom » Sat Oct 08, 2011 1:59 pm

Coxheath :)
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Post by jhopgood » Sat Oct 08, 2011 5:51 pm

My twin Aunts were fostered out to Lenham before WWII and never returned. (My grandmother died, hence the fostering). One aunt married and lived in Harrietsham and now lives in Bearsted.
My ancestors left the area for Plumstead around 1820.
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