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Our History and Heritage category brings all Coast Radar’s Kent listings related to looking for something to do or a place to visit together where they offer some form of historic or heritage based activity.
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- Temple Manor was built in the 13th century by the Knights Templar, a military and religious order founded during the Crusades. The Manor was designed to provide lodging for dignitaries travelling between Dover and London and is located in Rochester to the west of the River Medway.
- Squerryes Court is a late 17th century manor house that stands just outside the town of Westerham in Kent, is surrounded by 10 acres (around 4 hectares) of gardens and parkland. The building, which is in early Georgian style, houses a fine collection of Old Master paintings from the Italian, 17th Century Dutch and 18th Century English schools, together with furniture, porcelain and tapestries. All of which were acquired or commissioned by the family in the 18th century. Items connected with General James Wolfe victor of the battle of the Battle of the Plains of Abraham, and a friend of the Warde family, are also on display. The house is set on a terrace and has a pleasingly proportioned central block of seven bays under a hipped roof. It is constructed of mellow orange brick. The original building was built flanked by two small wings forming a forecourt, but these were demolished and replaced in the 19th century. The replacement wings were themselves torn down after the Second World War and only the main block now remains. The gardens, which can be visited along with the house, are beautiful all year round with spring bulbs, wild flowers, azaleas, summer flowering herbaceous borders and roses, together with woodland walks.
- Bleak House, formerly known as Fort House, is a large house on the cliff overlooking Viking Bay in Broadstairs. It is thought to have been built around 1816. The house was the site of the North Cliff Battery and was used as a coastal station for observing marine activity. Charles Dickens lived and worked in Bleak House during summers holidays with his family spent from 1837 to 1859.
- Kit’s Coty House and its neighbour, Little Kit’s Coty House, are the remains of two megalithic ‘dolmen’ burial chambers. Kit’s Coty is the larger of the two monuments, with three uprights and a massive capstone, while the smaller, Little Kit’s Coty (also known as the Countless Stones), is now a jumble of sarsens.
- Quex House is a family home and has six rooms of the Regency Mansion open to the public. The house includes gardens, woodland and the Powell-Cotton Museum. The museum includes the life’s work of Major P.H.G Powell-Cotton (1866-1940), displayed are collections of objects, stories, photographs and a huge collection of natural history presented through taxidermy.
- Ightham Mote originally dates to around 1320, and successive owners have made relatively few changes to the main structure. In fact the last major work was the completion of the quadrangle with a new chapel in the 16th century. This medieval manor house is a great example that shows how such houses would have looked in the Middle Ages with the main focus being on looking inwards rather than outwards.
- The Guildhall, a Grade II listed building in the town square, was built in 1579, with work in 1812 it was encased in yellow brick, this was removed 100 years later in 1912, when the south-west wing was also added. Further alterations were undertaken later in the 20th century. It contains antique panelling and paintings, particularly within the council chamber, a stained glass window, showing Queen Elizabeth I arriving at Sandown Gate in 1573, which was added in 1906. Tours of the building include visits to the ancient Court Room, Council Chamber and Mayor’s Parlour.
- Canterbury Cathedral is one of the oldest and most famous Christian structures in England and forms part of a World Heritage Site. In 597AD St Augustine established his seat (or ‘Cathedra’) in Canterbury after being sent by Pope Gregory the Great as a missionary. In 1170 Archbishop Thomas Becket was murdered in the Cathedral and ever since, the Cathedral has attracted thousands of pilgrims, as told famously in Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales.
- Historic Dockyard Chatham reveals the full dockyard story Step aboard the Three Historic Warships and discover over 100 years of life at sea. Don’t miss the Victorian Naval Sloop HMS Gannet, Second World War Destroyer HMS Cavalier, and Cold War Submarine Ocelot!