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Easily the most dominant feature hereabouts is Scotney Castle - Today the village is famous for its vineyard, thirty-two acres of prize-winning grapes grown by Kenneth McAlpine, head of the civil engineering company, while nearby Bewl Water reservoir claims to be the best trout fishery in the county.


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Scotney Castle
Scotney Castle- based in Lamberhurst in Kent, Scotney Castle is a wonderful country house. At the top of the hill is the New House, designed by Anthony Salvin in Elizabethan style and built in 1837 for Edward Hussey III, who took the picturesque style as his inspiration. At the bottom of the valley are the romantic ruins of a medieval castle and moat. This is the focal point of the celebrated gardens and features beautiful examples of Rhododendrons, Azaleas and kalmia in May/June, voted among the top ten best English gardens to visit. Apart from the obvious architectural and historical interest, Scotney Castle represents a romantic and picturesque representation of a bygone era.
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It was the price of hops that made Lamberhurst a Kent, rather than a Sussex, village. Until 1894 the Kent-Sussex boundary ran through the village, but then the two counties decided that the village must become wholly part of one or the other.

Lamberhurst was - and for that matter still is - in the Wealden hop-growing region, where the price a farmer was paid for the hops he grew really mattered. For some reason, hops were regularly fetching higher prices in Kent than in Sussex at that time, so the canny folk of Lamberhurst voted to pay their rates in Kent, too.

Easily the most dominant feature hereabouts is Scotney Castle, which was built in 1358 and for which the river Beult was diverted to create a moat. That caused problems, too, because it meant the moat actually crossed the county boundary. Once, when a maid at the castle was drowned in the moat, the coroners of Kent and Sussex argued over which of them would properly preside at the inquest. Scotney was the local headquarters for Jesuit missionary work late in the 16th century, and it is one of the local traditions that a certain Father Richard Blount once hid in a priest hole at Scotney Castle while searchers sent by local JPs hunted for him. While the search was on, the lady of the house noticed that the priest's girdle was caught in the secret door, betraying its whereabouts and his. Crouching close to the door, she warned the priest of the danger and he pulled the giveaway girdle out of sight.
But you can't whisper through a stone wall, even if it is only a door disguised as a stone wall, and she was overheard by some of the searchers who at once began to pull down the whole wall in their efforts to find the secret door and its priestly hidey-hole. Before they succeeded, however, it began to rain heavily and the search was called off until next day. During the night, one of the household raised a false alarm that the searchers' horses were being stolen and when they went to investigate, Blount escaped by climbing over a wall and dropping into the moat.

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If you have wandered through the Kent Downs whether on foot, by horse, bicycle or car will have, at one time or another, pondered over the meaning of place names of towns , villages or hamlets that we normally take for granted in our everyday lives. Places such as Pett Bottom, Bigbury and Bobbing conjure up all manner of intriguing images as to the activities of former inhabitants, while others such as Whatsole Street, Smersole or Hartlip appear completely baffling.
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Modern Kentish dialect shares many features with other areas of south-east England (sometimes collectively called "Estuary English"). Other characteristic features are more localised. For instance some parts of Kent, particularly in the north west of the county, share many features with broader Cockney.

A Dictionary of the Kentish Dialect and Provincialisms: in use in the county of Kent' by W.D.Parish and W.F.Shaw (Lewes: Farncombe,1888)
'The Dialect of Kent: being the fruits of many rambles' by F. W. T. Sanders (Private limited edition, 1950). Every attempt was made to contact the author to request permission to incorporate his work without success. His copyright is hereby acknowledged.
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Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England and Wales 1894 -1895


Lamberhurst, a village and a parish in the counties of Kent and Sussex. The village stands on an affluent of the river Medway, 4 1/2 miles E of Fraut station on the S.E.R., and 6 1/2 ESE of Tunbridge Wells. It has a post, money order, and telegraph office. There is a fair on 6 April. The parish includes Scotney Manor, and comprises 3525 acres in Kent and 1922 in Sussex, population in Sussex, 1158; in Kent, 728. Court Lodge stands on an eminence within a park, commands pleasant views of the surrounding country, and is the seat of the Morland family. Scotney Castle was the seat of Archbishop Chicheley in the early part of the 15th century; went to his collateral descendants, the Dan-ells; was rebuilt by Inigo Jones; and has given place to a modern mansion, the seat of the Hussey family. Bayham Abbey and Grant-ham Hall are also chief residences. Extensive iron-smelting furnaces were formerly in the parish, and they furnished the massive iron balustrades around St Paul's in London. Brewing and brick-making are now carried on. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Canterbury; gross value, £220 with residence. Patrons, the Dean and Chapter of Rochester. The church is old but good, and has a conspicuous steeple. There are Baptist and Wesleyan chapels.
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