Photographs l have taken capturing moments, beautiful scenery and wildlife around the medieval town of Sandwich and surrounding nature areas in the County of Kent and added inspirational quotes and music accompanied with music.
Country Encounters is a gallery feature with a unique twist: everyday photography with information, music and quotes, a style of educational entertainment.
The series will explore nature, wildlife, countryside, history, architecture and other assorted miscellany that l think will pique the reader’s interest that are also huge passions of mine.
I hope you enjoy the series.
Thanks for reading.
Sandwich is found in the district of Dover in the County of Kent in England in the southeast of England. It is a medieval and historic market town today, just as yesterday. Today we have a population of a little over five thousand people, which is not too different from the number back in the history of this town either.
The River Stour lies on the edge of the town. Originally, Sandwich was one of the five Cinque Ports – the others being – Hastings, Dover, New Romney and Hythe. It meant ‘five harbours’ in old French.
Although it wasn’t always that close, the town is only two miles away from the sea. It used to be an important port; however, this changed once the River Stour started to silt up and alter how trade occurred. Visitors to the town might find it hard to imagine just how crucial Sandwich was to England as a port.
They might also find it challenging to understand how many bloody battles, raids and pillagings this little town has endured throughout its history especially given how small and compact everything is, from the narrowness of the lanes to the construction of the houses.
I have always been passionate about ancient and classical history, so living here in Sandwich as a photographer has also been a dream come true.
First Saturday of the month gallery featre
Episode 1 – Season 1 – October 2022
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Thomas A. Edison
|The Butchery – 1447|
The Butchery is part of Market Street and was used in the 13th century as a meat market.
|St Clement’s Church|
You can easily walk to this beautiful church from the town centre or the southeast side of the Ramparts. St Clements is an Anglican Parish Church and has been so since 1948 following the union of three parishes of St Clement’s, St Mary’s and St Peter’s churches.
The graveyard is filled with many ornate headstones and flourishes with gorgeous blossoms throughout the year, from bluebells to daffodils, primroses, and crabapple trees.
Also known as Marsh Hens and Waterhens are members of the Rail family and are found in freshwater streams, town parks and nature reserves, lakes and ponds and other aquatic type environments.
|The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.|
Found in shaded woodlands, nature reserves, countryside, grass side verge, and hedgerows. They are known for their blueish purple drooping bell-like flowers and flowering between April to mid-June.
|Sandwich Guildhall – 1579|
The Guildhall has been in the centre of Sandwich and the central-local government building since the town mayor in 1579, Edward Wood, ordered such into the Corporation Year Book. “The new building in the Corn Market shall be the Courthall of the town for ever.”
The presence of a Courthall or Guildhall is a clear sign of the status of the borough and so of the Borough of Sandwich. It awards the local government the right to hold Courts and maintain law and order.
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