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Tuesday, 22 August 2006
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Biddenden medieval building

This medieval building was once the Cloth House of Biddenden.  It now contains a row of cottages, shops and restaurants in Biddenden. In times past Biddenden was the centre of the iron industry in these parts (as well as cloth-making).  It was for this reason that Flemish cloth-workers settled here during the reign of Edward III of England. 

These days the largest wave of immigration is of workers from Poland, taking advantage of the Free European Market. There are 3,000 Poles in Crewe and probably more than 20,000 Poles in Southhampton. Last week the local paper even published a special edition in Polish.  Nationally, 228,235 Poles registered for work between May 2004 and tMarch his year. This does not take account of self-employed workers and others who did not register.

Posted by bigblue on 22/08/2006 at 11:49 PM
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