Wateringbury

In the Steps of George Newman and Beyond

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An Introduction to the Second Edition

For the first edition of my book, in recognition of the historical importance of George Newman’s personal account of Wateringbury, I chose to retain his title and authorship using the extended title of ‘Wateringbury Revisited or Fifty Years Ago by George Newman. Enlarged and Illustrated by Dail Whiting.”

With this new revised edition containing a significant amount of new material, it seems no longer appropriate to keep the old title with George Newman as the primary author. However, because George Newman’s recollections remain as the basis of this second edition, I have retained his name in the new title ‘Wateringbury, in the Steps of George Newman and Beyond.’ I have also kept George Newman’s original title at the start of his first and second series on pages 13 and 95.

The first two series of George Newman’s recollections were originally published in 1902 and 1904 with a limited number of headings throughout. For easier reference, I have subdivided some of George’s work with appropriate additional headings inserted. Namely: ‘The National School’, ‘Mr. Styles the Schoolmaster’, ‘Pelican Farm’, ‘The Newman Family’, ‘Harriot Manser the Carrier’s Wife’, ‘John King’s Hat and The Bonfire’ and ‘Edward Ongley, A Dear Friend.’

Series three and four (George Newman’s response to readers’ letters) were published in 1905, but were untitled and very disorderly. I have arranged most of these into subject matter, added headings and moved them to appropriate places in the main text with their origin referenced. These include: Rev. Robert Earle’s school; Further notes on the Dumb Borsholder of Chart; Brother Alfred; Extracts from ‘Farewell to Wateringbury’ by Mrs Mercy King; and a Letter from Mr. Harold King relating to John and Mercy King. The few letters or articles which have not been moved remain in the section entitled ‘Letters and further recollections.’

In a good number of places, where George has made reference only to a Mr. or Mrs., I have inserted their first name in square brackets using normal type with a smaller font.

Other than these alterations and obvious typographical errors, George Newman’s text is as it appeared in the Kent Messenger, including the punctuation style of the time.

George Newman’s recollections and letters are reproduced in larger type with a 10 degree slant.

My notes, additional text and essays are in a smaller standard type and in most cases initialed ‘DW’. Some of these are significant enough to have been given a title and included in the list of contents. They are:

George Newman - a brief biography

Bow Road from the station to the Phoenix Brewery

The Leney Family and the Phoenix Brewery

Warden Mill and Mill Pond

The Fremlins of Warden House

The lockup and new stocks as they are today

The Jude Family and the Kent Brewery

Notes to Pelicans and the origin of the name

Further notes to the age of the church and stained glass windows

The Dumb Borsholder of Chart

Matthias Prime Lucas - a brief biography

Wateringbury Hall

Mereworth Castle

Notes to Upper Mill Farm, Rose Cottage and May Lodge

Orpines, its architect and early occupants

Canons or Canon Court

Apart from those mentioned in Acknowledgements, all other illustrations, maps and photographs are from my own collection.    

Dail Whiting.