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Westmoreland Trust publishes North Kent brickmaking booklet online

Bricks Brickmen & Barges

Bricks Brickmen & Barges tells the story the brick-making industry of the Faversham, Conyer and Lower Halstow area of North Kent, and of how barges carried the bricks up-river, where they were used to build Victorian London.

It is published by the Westmoreland Trust, which aims to restore the last remaining Kent brick barge, Thames sailing barge Westmoreland, as a training vessel and working exhibit of the age when the brickfields and barges of North Kent ranked alongside Chatham Dockyard as the leading local employer.

In particular the Trust focuses on Westmoreland’s links with Lower Halstow – for her entire working life she was owned and operated by Eastwoods Brickmakers, which had works in the village.

For more information, see the Westmoreland Trust website.

Get your Christmas presents from chandlery Arthur Beale

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Heavens, why not get your Christmas presents from the West End’s own chandlery, Arthur Beale? It seems like a darn good idea to me! Blocks for cousins, anchor warps for the husband or wife, binnacles for elderly relations. Perfect…

And on the 6th December, Noggin the Nog Day, they will be showing Oliver Postgate’s classic Noggin the Nog films about the Northman who married an Eskimo princess Nooka of the Nook. Irresistible!