Sandhurst (Kent)

This Sandhurst is not to be confused with the town in Berkshire – home of the Royal Military Academy. Sandhurst in Kent is a small, rather scattered village close to the boundary with Sussex and the little village of Bodiam.

I have ancestors called Mallion and they seem to originate from Sandhurst so let’s take a look at the place. We’ll start with the church which is a mile or so from the main village and in a separate settlement called Sandhurst Cross.

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To be honest, I find that flat topped tower just a tad austere. But many a Mallion will have been hatched, matched and despatched here although there are not, as far as I can discover, any gravestones. But then there was extreme poverty. I’d like to think that perhaps some toadstools mark a Mallion.

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Here’s the font where G G G grandfather John Mallion, and his mother before him, were baptised.

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Cottages near the church are probably a bit too classy for my ancestors to have lived in, but no doubt they knew them.

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Let’s now move to the village, sometimes known as Sandhurst Green. Historians believe the little migration was for economic reasons.

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There are typical weather boarded, Kentish cottages.

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Ancestors would have known these cottages.

Cars are unavoidable these days but I reckon this place is a favourite of mine. I’d like to think ancestors might have lived here.

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I’m sure that would have been more than one dwelling.

Lovely place, Sandhurst!

 

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