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Exploring the history of a Kent market town
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In the days before the telephone, wireless (radio) and television, there were few ways to get information out into the community. Local printer Charles Hooker took on the responsibility for printing handbills and notices that would have been put up to inform townsfolk about upcoming events, meetings and entertainment.
Markets and Fairs
In living memory there have been markets and fairs in Westerham for over one hundred years, but market charter was granted to Westerham in 1227 by Henry III, making what was then a village into a major player in the buying and selling of cattle in Kent, a tradition that survived to 1961 when the last cattle market was held.
This category includes The Water Company, Westerham Gas and Coke Company, Sevenoaks Electricity Supply Company, The Darent Valley Main Sewerage Board, builders, carriage transporters, the Fire Brigade and, closer to home, the humble chimney sweep.
Transport and Travel
Transport and travel through and around Westerham began with the horse and cart. One of the biggest problems facing the town today is that the main road from Godstone through Westerham to Sevenoaks - a cart track 400 years ago straddled by ancient buildings - is now the A25...
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