In the Steps of George Newman and Beyond
by Dail Whiting
Hopefully, you found this page because you have an interest in the history of Wateringbury, whether it is
the history of the brewing families of Jude, Fremlin and Leney, the Lucas family of Wateringbury Place.
St. John the Baptist church, or the Kent Brewery and the Phoenix Brewery. Whatever your interest, the
fully comprehensive index will be of help and can be viewed via the navigation bar above.
The purpose of this website is simply an introduction to a second edition of a book
based around the recollections of George Newman, a former village resident. The
original book, published in 2001, was entitled “Wateringbury Revisited, or, Fifty
Years Ago, by George Newman, Enlarged and Illustrated by Dail Whiting.”
George Newman was born in Wateringbury in 1835, the son of a gardener to
Alderman Lucas of Wateringbury Place. He lived in the village until 1853 when his
mother moved to Gravesend. In 1901 he returned to the area for a short holiday.
During his stay, he wrote down his recollections of Wateringbury, and the people
and places he knew in the village during the 1840’s. These were later published
over a number of weeks in the Kent Messenger with the title ‘Wateringbury
Revisited or Fifty Years Ago.’ Prompted by readers’ response to his articles,
George submitted further recollections and an assortment of letters published in
Using George Newman’s articles from the Kent Messenger, I enlarged upon his
work by adding informative notes, my own essays, maps and illustrations, as well
as a comprehensive index. The resultant publication contained 115 printed pages and included 50
Because of it’s expected limited audience, only 300 copies were published in 2001, all of which were sold.
There were subsequent enquiries about the possibility of further print runs, but the cost for very short
runs was prohibitive.
Now, twelve years later, a second edition with a new title has been produced. This larger edition, entitled
“Wateringbury In the Steps of George Newman and Beyond”, contains 178 printed pages and includes 9
maps and 99 other illustrations of which 25 are in colour. The book is ‘perfect bound’ (paperback) with a
gloss laminated cover and all pages are printed on 130 gsm coated, allowing for a good quality finish on
text, maps and images.
For more information, please go to the ‘Introduction’ via the navigation bar at the top of this page. This
navigation bar is easy to use and gives a good insight to the content of this book, including the index in
full. A sample of 15 photos can be viewed from the ‘Illustrations & maps’ page.
Priced at £10 this book can be purchased via the ‘Buy the book’ button on the navigation bar at the top
of the page.
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