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Sunday, 20 August 2006
Biddenden Maids


This is the village sign for Biddenden in Kent. The sign (hand-crafted in 1920, and winner of a £50 prize in a competition) depicts two sisters, known as the Biddenden Maids. A notice on the sign states that

Eliza and Mary Chulkhurst the famous twins also known as the Biddenden maids were born in the year 1100 joined together at hips and shoulders. They lived together thus joined for 34 years when one of them was siezed with a fatal illness and died. The other, refusing to be separated, died 6 hours later. By their will they left their property to the poor of Biddenden.

On the reverse side there is another notice, which states:

In commemoration of the Biddenden Maids, an annual distribution of bread and cheese takes place on Easter Monday morning from the old workhouse. Biscuits bearing the impress of the two maids, their names and year of birth, are available at the same time to all who apply: visitor and parishioners.

There’s a stub article about Mary and Eliza at Wikipedia, but it is worth pointing out that much of the story is probably pure local legend.

Posted by bigblue on 20/08/2006 at 09:37 PM
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Another lovely sunny (but short) day today, although there was remnants of overnight frost this morning.  You can compare the picture above (taken this morning) with this one

Posted by  on  05/11/2003  at  11:33 PM

See this interesting article.

Posted by bigblue  on  15/11/2008  at  08:41 PM

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