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Wednesday, 23 August 2006
Medieval building

Medieval Building Biddenden

This is a detail of two of the doors of the medieval building in Biddenden that I posted on yesterday.  Click on the picture to show further the detail of the carving above the doors. I suspected that the head was a likeness of Edward III of England who reigned (for over 50 years) during the cloth-making heyday of this village.  However, further searching informs that:

Biddenden is a quiet, typical Wealden village with one of the prettiest un spoilt main streets in England and a wealth of genuine examples of mediaeval to 17th century architecture. The first recorded mention is a 10th century charter quoting Biddenden as a ‘‘Den” belonging to Brabourne. During the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries, when the cloth trade was flourishing in this part of Kent, Biddenden grew in prosperity and as a result many buildings of significant architectural importance were built. The weavers’ houses on the south side of the High Street are fine examples of Kentish half-timbered buildings The first floors were once continuous workrooms, built like this so the looms could be placed next to the broad windows so the craftsmen had enough light. There is a carved head from a wrecked ship of the Armada over one of the doors.

So perhaps the head is Spanish? Then again I seem to recall that a number of different nationalities sailed in the Armada, not just the Spanish.

Posted by bigblue on 23/08/2006 at 08:32 PM
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After being outflanked (as he put it in an email) by his joke comment yesterday, I thought I would stick to the military theme, and introduce Chateau Ramstein (snigger

Posted by  on  26/10/2003  at  11:47 AM

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