Date Sun 14/08/2005
Name lesley Taylor nee WADE
Location Rye East Sussex

Comments






Lived in Biddenden and attended local school from approx 1958 until left home in approx 1970. Lots of good memories of Biddenden. Sad to see the once vibrant High Street full of local shops, people and gossip gone. I recall 3 thriving public houses and several general stores. The little Miss Wise\'s Sweet shop was a particular favorite. Any Primary School Photos out there of the period 1957-60? Would love to see some. Also of the village Fete of this era. You MUST at least keep your POST OFFICE. Regards to Biddenden and to any of your residents that may recall me.
 
Date Mon 08/08/2005
Name Ivan Oder
Location USA

Comments

.Well done website. Keep up the good work I will visit again.
 
Date Fri 29/07/2005
Name sharon cradduck hill
Location campbell, missouri

Comments

.My dad\'s name was james cradduck and his dad\'s name was charles henry cradduck. Charles had a brother whose name was david cradduck.
 
Date Tue 26/07/2005
Name Caren Freeman
Location California, USA

Comments



.I am a descendant of James CRADDUCK born 1811 in Biddenden, Kent, England and his wife Susannah BROOKER. I\'m glad I got to see the town where they were from before they came to the USA. I would love to hear from any relations as I am researching my genealogy! Thanks!
 
Date Sun 24/07/2005
Name Nigel Osborne
Location New Zealand

Comments


.A very useful site - Its already put me in touch with three people I hope will be able to help with my family history research. I am particularly interested in the Stapley, Ledger, and Drury families.
 
Date Fri 08/07/2005
Name Tasha
Location Kent

Comments

I am currently looking into my family tree and would be interested if anyone knows anything about the scamp family that lived in biddenden in the 1940\'s please contact me.
 
Date Thu 21/04/2005
Name Virginia Randolph
Location Seattle, WA. USA

Comments






I visited Biddenden in 2003 and stayed at Birchley House B&B in Biddenden. I am a descendant of Bernard Randolph, b.1556 in Biddenden and his wife, Jane Biddenden, also born in Biddenden. Bernard and Jane have brasses in All Saints Church, as well as other Randolph and Biddenden family members. The Randolph family lived in Birchley House in the 1500\'s but it was out of the family by the 1700\'s. I was able to visit the
part of Birchley House where Bernard Randolph and his family lived in 1582. A wonderful village where I met many lovely people.
 
Date Sun 17/04/2005
Name Irene Clark-Wolfson
Location Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Comments



.I recently learned that my ggg and gg Grandparents, John Pemble and wife Harriet Brakerfield Pemble, their son Stephen Pemble and wife Philadelphia Whiting Pemble went to America from Biddenden area in the 1840s. Thank you for the beautiful pictures of the village.
 
Date Sat 09/04/2005
Name Nancy Downey
Location St. Paul, Minnesota, USA

Comments









My husband and I visited Biddenden in October 2001 and we thought that it was absolutely delightful. And the people were so friendly and helpful. We plan to return this September with my mother, my brother and sister-in-law. This time we hope that we can see the inside of All Saint\'s Church.Our ancestor, John Stowe was baptized there on June 2, 1539. On July 30, 1572, he married Joan Baker at All Saints, as well.This John Stowe was the Parish Clerk at Biddenden in 1587. His son, John Stowe, also baptized at All Saints on Jan 14, 1581 and married there on Sept. 13, 1608 to Elizabeth Bigge of Cranbrook, emigrated to Boston, Massachusetts in 1634.He also brought with him his six children, all baptized at All Saints. My mother, aged 78, whose maiden name is Stowe, has heard all about Biddenden from us and is very excited to see it in person.
 
Date Sat 26/03/2005
Name Mrs E Gould
Location Hertfordshire

Comments




Does anyone know what happened to The Jack Hampshire Pram Collection after Jack died? We knew him over many years and spent many a happy day with him seeing all his wonderful prams, and indeed many other interesting things that he collected. He was a true character and we miss him greatly. I know he hoped his collection could stay intact, but fear that it has been broken up and sold. We remember him with huge affection.
 
Date Fri 18/03/2005
Name Wes Anderson
Location North Dakota

Comments


Hi, I found your guestbook in a search but I can\'t find the site it goes to! I am related to the Steadman\'s from biddenden. My grandmother was a Stedman from Grace City, North Dakota.
 
Date Tue 15/02/2005
Name Colin Hollingsworth
Location Biddenden

Comments


My wife and I with our two children have lived in the village for less than a year and are still finding interesting facts about Biddenden, especially the old railway station and the windmill and the fact that there was i believe FOUR pubs, can someone confirm this please.
 
Date Wed 02/02/2005
Name Sue Smith
Location UNKNOWN

Comments

It is a very nice place and welll looked after
 
Date Mon 31/01/2005
Name

Ian Bingham

Location Gillingham, Kent

Comments


Looking forward to visiting the village shortly as my ancestors (Binghams)were part of the community from the 1750\'s to the 1900\'s, some buried in the churchyard. The website has been very helpful.
 
Date Thu 23/12/2004
Name

Mugu Dan

Location Lome Togo

Comments

This site is very good and very cool!
 
Date Tue 21/12/2004
Name

Dr Anthony J Smith

Location Peebles, Scotland

Comments




My father was the village baker in Biddenden between 1934 and 1949. As part of his business he sold bread to the hoppickers. In the 1940s bread cost four pence halfpenny; fourpence three farthings delivered to the hop gardens. The bakery was situated adjacent to the point of the village green, which at that time, had an iron fence round it and was covered in shrubs. Next to the bakery was a butchers shop complete with slaughterhouse close to the back door of the bakery. I remember the windmill falling down in the 1940s
 
Date Fri 26/11/2004
Name

Chris Brown

Location Wallingford, Oxfordshire

Comments

I am researching my family history (Stapley) and Biddenden is very much in the story. Your site is very enjoyable to peruse.
 
Date Fri 12/11/2004
Name

Coker

Location london

Comments

hello everyone
 
Date Sat 23/10/2004
Name

Andrew Pring

Location Bradford Yorkshire

Comments












I have recently been back again to Biddenden where I grew up in 50s-60s as my father Fred has just died. My ties to the village, and family home at 10 Chulkhurst are sadly being broken.
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My time at John Mayne were happy childhood days and my time at Sutton Valence mixed. The area is full of the varied contributions of my parents - my mother Jackie as relief postwoman who also worked in the fruit and hopfields and father Fred who helped build houses with Woodgates, then worked with the Council on the roads and also did weekend odd jobs in the gardens of houses around the area. It is good to see names I recognise from the past and the influence of new people all of whom have contributed to the village over the years yet kept the essence of the Biddenden I remember alive, largely unchanged. I have been particularly impressed by the Millennium Field, the trees and carvings near the \'Rookery\' where I used to play. A restful place for reflection.
 
Date Wed 11/08/2004
Name

Douglas Baldock

Location Aldershot

Comments

Brings back great memories.
 
Date Tue 10/08/2004
Name

Farris, Eric

Location Biddenden

Comments

Lovely Village, have lived here all my life! so far!
 
Date Tue 10/08/2004
Name

Jill

Location Ontario, Canada

Comments

I like your site, my grandmothers family(Besbeech, now Bisbee) came from there and one day I would like to visit.
 
Date Mon 09/08/2004
Name Jean Funnell
Location London E97DH

Comments






I was very interested to find this website because my mother lived in Biddenden as a child. Her name was Mary Emeney and she was born in 1904. She lived with the Vane family at Clapper Hill Farm for several years. She had a relative, Jesse Vane who lived in Vane Court and she took me to visit him at Vane Court between 1950 and 1960. I believe Jesse Vane was a milkman but a lot of the Vanes were farmers. My grandfather married Alice Vane. I believe my mother also lived at Vane Court for a time. Thanks for providing such interesting material. Jean Funnell
 
Date Wed 04/08/2004
Name

Brandi

Email Address Witheld
Location Medford,Oregon,USA

Comments

I liked it very much
 
Date Monday 26/07/2004
Name

Natalie

Location Winchelsea East Sussex

Comments

What a lovely village and friendly locals. Great informative website too.
Thanks
 
Date Monday, April 12, 2004
Name

Samantha Luckhurst

Location Smarden Kent

Comments

I like biddenden its a nice little place
 
Date Sunday, January 4, 2004
Name

Marion Hover

Location Ashford

Comments

I am one of your postpeople and cover all areas of Biddenden. Your village is always tidy and it's nice to get out of Ashford for the day even if it is just work.
 
Date Wednesday, December 17, 2003
Name

Glynn Brown

Location Australia

Comments

My great grandmother, Mary Ann, and her first husband, Charles HARRIS, had a Baker's shop in the house known as?
 
Date Friday, October 31, 2003
Name

Steve Steadman

Location Florida, United States

Comments

This site is enjoyable. i am trying to learn more about my ancestors. I have been able to learn That members of my family (Steadman) lived in Biddenden in the 1600's. If anyone has any additional information I would be most greatful.
 
Date Wednesday, October 8, 2003
Name

Phil Paton

Location Los Angeles

Comments

Feeling homesick. Missing Kent. Want cider. Will buy home and bring my new American family. Aaah, to be home. Miss home. Be nice to us when we get there. Please.
Phil.
 
Date Wednesday, September 3, 2003
Name

Janet Pritchard

Location Essex

Comments


I am a great fan of Biddenden, my grand parents used to go hop picking in the area, and we often visited as children. I now make a point of visiting at least once a year. My 'great Aunt' Harriet is laid to rest in the church yard, she was a hop picker and loved the village so much that she moved there from London.
 
Date Wednesday, August 20, 2003
Name

Patricia Waghorn

Location

Biddenden

Comments

The site is very good. Full of interesting information for residents and visitors alike.
 
Date Sunday, July 27, 2003
Name

Wendy Magnison

Location

N/A

Comments

What a beautiful city, I would love to visit some day. I am a descendant of James Cradduck born there in 1811. Thank you for the tour.
 
Date Saturday, July 19, 2003
Name

Mick Martin

Location

london

Comments

I would like to find susan mark or justin mark, susan used to work in the rose justin used to play in goal for smarden
 
Date Tuesday, July 1, 2003
Name

Ameels

Location

Ronse- Belgium

Comments

Such beautiful Weavers houses and typical cimetry
 
Date Friday, June 20, 2003
Name

Jacqueline Clark

Location

Sittingbourne Kent

Comments

I visited your village yesterday but could not find much information, this sight has been very informative 20.06.03
 
Date Friday, June 6, 2003
Name

Richard Wadley

Location

Guest at St Michaels

Comments

Met you at Millenium field today. I'm pip's brother! We're impressed with the site. Regards. Richard, Margaret + Pip
 
Date Saturday, May 24, 2003
Name

john-william day

Location

strood , kent

Comments

Very good.
 
Date Monday, May 5, 2003
Name

Dave Nicholls

Email Address
Location

Philadelphia, PA

Comments

I'm interested in finding out if there are any realatives of Frances Hopper Bourne (b. c. 1825) living in Biddenden or the surrounding area. We recently acquired a sewing sampler done by her and dated December 4, 1834. We'd love to have contact, so if someone with genalogical knowledge reads this, please get in touch. Regards, Dave
 
Date Tuesday, April 29, 2003
Name

Colin Hunt

Location

Biddenden

Comments

Good photos and history of the village and properties
 
Date Thursday, April 17, 2003
Name

JONATHAN BEER

Location

COOPERS PLAINS . BRISBANE.AUST

Comments

JUST VISITING AS I WAS BORN HERE IN 1962 AND WE LEFT IN 1968 TO COME TO AUSTRALIA.
 
Date Monday, March 24, 2003
Name

Becsewell

Location

Woking

Comments

Beautiful Cider!
 
Date Thursday, February 27, 2003
Name

Mugu Togo

Location

lome togo

Comments

I love the site oooooohhhhhh
 
Date Sunday, February 23, 2003
Name

Barbara L. Zehar

Email Address
Location

Keller, Tx. U.S.A.

Comments






I am the G-G-G-G-Granddaughter Of John Day (B:1794) and Jane Hopper of Biddenden England their son William (B:1818)was Married to Susan Brittain from Virginia and their son George Hopper Day (B;1845)was married to Ann Brown, their son Joseph Claude Day(B:1881) was married to Lillie Mae Esco, their Dau. Lois Love Day (B:1918) was married to Albert George Loncki, their Dau. Marlene Patricia Loncki (B: 1942) was married to my Father Robert William Tomasik in 1961 and then they Had my Dec. of 1961 Barbara Laverne Tomasik. I hope to find out alot of Info from this Lovely site and Thank You for having this site.
 
Date Sunday, February 2, 2003
Name

Marcia Smeenk

Location

Dumfries, Virginia US

Comments

My ancestors may have lived in your city.
 
Date Tuesday, December 17
Name

Bob Beale

Location

La Habra, CA. USA

Comments




My family have a long association with the village. At one time we owned the River Hall House and the surrounding land and also were owners of the row cottages where you will find Clarisses tea room and shops. She is a lovely lady. Showed me the original deeds to the cottages that bore my name. Recommend the teas. Also the church which is the resting place of many of my ancestors. I will visit again, such a beautiful village, so much history. Just wish it were still in the family.
 
Date Sunday, November 10, 2002
Name

Ray Olson

Location

Prince George B.C., Canada

Comments

My wife and I visited Biddenden this summer. Her ancestors (Beken,s) came from there.
We would love to return sometime.
 

 

 
Name Raine Kadinopoulos
Location Biddenden

Comments

It may be useful if the site carried news of forthcoming village events
 
Name LEIGH
Location ARIZONA, USA

Comments

I HAVE REALITIVES THAT ARE FROM THIS AREA, BACK IN THE 16TH CENTURY
 
Name John Lowe
Location Erith, Kent

Comments

I haven't yet been to your village but after reading the details on your site I will make the trip.
 
Name Margaret
Location Canada

Comments

Nice web site.Especially interesting as I have ancestors who were married in All Saints church in 1885.
 
Name Paul Cleworth
Location Southport

Comments

Great site. I lived in Biddenden from '85 to '89 and your site is a welcome reminder of a beautiful village.
 
Name Mark Sinclair
Location Great Wakering, Essex

Comments

Nice place in Biddenden. Got married there in August 10th 1996 at All Saints Church, Biddenden. Never forget about Biddenden area and I love the place.
 
Name Gateway UK Ltd
Location Croydon

Comments

Our clients loved the village, and are coming back for a second visit soon.
 
Name GEORGE SMITH
Location Cornwall

Comments

well put together an enjoyable site for an ex pat who left Kent for the west country over 30 years ago.
 
Name Phil Martin
Location Brisbane Australia

Comments

A great site. I'm looking for Mark Tower, son of Doctor Tower who lives (or used to live in Biddenden). Mark was a good friend for many years in the eighties but distance was a problem. Last I heard he was on the Sail barge at St Katherines Dock London with Caroline. Any news where he is? I'm visiting the UK soon and would love to catch up.
 
Name Jonathan Roberts
Location Chicago, Il

Comments

Hello, I lived in Biddenden for four years growing up from when I was 2 till 5 or so.. we lived in this huge white house with a really big yard and a pond in the back. my neighbor had horses, I remember alot about biddenden, things like the pancake races ... if anyone has a picture or knows the house im talking about please email me!! - jonathan roberts
 
Name Iris Roberts
Location W.Australia

Comments

I am hoping your site will give me some information that will help with my family research.
 
Name Susan Henrickson
Location Anchorage, Alaska, USA

Comments

I hopefully will be visiting my twin sister, Anne Carson, in August, in her new home in Biddenden. The preview pictures of the village are lovely.
 
Name Peter B Ixer
Location Brighton

Comments

Looking forward to our stay at Susan Morris B & B
 
Name Fay Matthews-Garcia
Location St. Catharines, On Canada

Comments

What a lovely little village! I certainly hope some day soon to visit.
 
Name Irene Clark-Wolfson
Location Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Comments

My distant relatives Harriet and Ann Brakerfield were born in Biddenden. Ann born in 1804. Delighted to find your site!!! A family tree historian. ICW.
 
Name Priscilla Davis
Location Priscilla Davis

Comments

 

My great grandparents were Frank and Hannah Elliott who had the store on the main corner in Biddenden around 1900. My grandmother and her siblings grew up there. I have visited many times and love the village.
 
Name Susan Cooper
Location Pittsburgh, U.S.A.

Comments

 

The site brought back many fond memories that I have of Biddenden. I use spend the Christmas and Easter Hoildays with the Gladhills who lived just outside the village when I was in boarding school in the U.K. I believe Mr. Gladhill was a teacher in the elementary school.
 
Name Laurence
Location unknown

Comments

you make great cider

 
Name Robert Stroud
Location Farnborough, Hampshire

Comments

I'd just like to say 'hello' to all of my family living in Biddenden! The village is the epitome of the rural idyll. I'll see you all soon!
 
Name

Brian Smith

Location

Maidstone

Comments

Those pictures are clearer than others i have seen of biddenden and they took no time at all to access maybe a picture down the high stree would be nice pointing towards the church well done so far and looks good brian

 

 
Name Pete Howell
Location Herefordshire
Comments My mum-in-law lives in the Weavers and I like that Pub. (and my mum-in-law)
 
Name Richard W. Sharpe
Location Fallbrook, CA USA
Comments


Thrilled to find your website. My great grandfather (Edwin Sharp)left Biddenden in the early 1860's, came to the U.S., and fought for the North in our Civil War. Eagerly looking forward to visit June 30 and July 1 with my wife and daughter.
 
Name Carol Grace
Location Oxfordshire
Comments
As a child my whole family hop picked at Halls farm in Headcorn, many happy memories.
 
Name Billy Marley
Location Biddenden
Comments
Nice to see the village presented so well.
 
Name Carl burgess
Location Biddenden
Comments
good pics man
 
Name Barbara Schuler
Location Cincinnati Ohio USA
Comments
 
 
Name Veronica Quinn
Location Belfast
Comments
Good pictures
 
Name Schraider (nee Austen)
Location Bracknell

Comments

I was born and brought up in the village and lived there until I went away to college. My family lived in Church cottages and I still have an aunt in the village. I would be pleased to hear from or about anyone who knew us.
 
Name Elizabeth Day Morris
Location Madison, Georgia,30650, USA

Comments




Great,great grandfather came from Biddenden around 1840 to Ogelthorpe Co. Ga. He was a stone cutter. I love your site. Is there a way I could purchase a book of pictures or postcard folder of sites in Biddenden? I am trying to piece together a family history and it comes home to Biddenden. Perhaps there is a tourist booklet on the town? Great,Great,Grandfather was William Day. His family is buried there somewhere. They mention him and brother Edward on their tomb. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Elizabeth Day Morris, 196l Atlanta Hwy. Madison, GA. 30650 USA
 
Name Andreas Eriksson
Location Sweden

Comments

Hej
 
Name Diane Biggar-Taylor
Location Northern California

Comments

None
 
Name Timothy Arnold
Location Portland, Maine, USA

Comments

My family lived in Biddenden in the early 70's at Little Randolph's. This site brings back many fond memories. I hope to visit again before too long.
 
Name A.DUNGATE
Location DOVER

Comments

HI IM ANDY I USED TO WORK FOR SHEILA DANIELS AT THE YE MAIDS RESTAURANT PLEASE PASS ON MY REGARDS TO HER AND THE FAMILY . REGARDS ANDY DUNGATE
 
Name Jan Siewertsen
Location Essex

Comments


Have visited Biddenden many times and always get a wonderful welcome at Clarissa's. The meringues served there are great. We have often travelled down just for morning coffee. The church is beautiful as is the rest of the village. Wished it was further away so we could have an excuse to holiday in Biddenden.
 
Name Peter Thompson
Location Westminster, London

Comments




Just thought I would leave a message informing all members of Andrews Church of Fruitful Alliance in Ashford and the surrounds that a planning application will be submitted in January for a meeting hall in Wye. The hall will seat 1100 and have flatlets for 25 families and 43 singles/couples. The local councillor is supportive as is the borough planning officials. The construction of the meeting hall will boost tourism and the local economy. It is hoped construction will be complete by April 2003 and the Archbishop together with Andrew himself have agreed to perform the opening. I will post more info as it becomes available. HALLELUJAH ... Peter
 
Name Michiko Kawamura
Location Japan

Comments

I visited to Biddenden last year later.The town was very lovely and hert-warming. I hope that I will visit to Biddenden again.
 
Name MRS A.D.HUNT
Location Somerset

Comments

None
 
Name Margaret
Location Canada

Comments

Interesting web site, I was
born in Biddenden, and lived there for many years.
 
Name John Brookes
Location Australia

Comments

G'day to everyone in Kent,a most beutiful county,i lived in Betteshanger for many year's and have never forgotten,see ya!
 
Name James Beach
Location The Woodlands, Texas USA

Comments


My ancestors came from Biddenden sometime between 1610-1730 (the Besbeach family). I am coming to visit on July 1&2, 2002, and would love to make contact with someone locally who could help establish a link between my US ancestors and their English predecessors. Thanks!