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Post  Richard Young on Tue 09 May 2017, 10:51 am

The Chillingbourne village of Wickhambreaux.



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Post  Saint George on Fri 12 May 2017, 4:11 am

I've been to Wickhambreaux on two separate occasions and loved both visits. There are no shops, but I saw a pub called the Rose Inn. If you want to have a picnic lunch I suggest you bring your own food and drink. I parked my car near the pub and walked over the bridge crossing the Little Stour. The Manor House where the Post Office was once located still looks pretty nice considering its age. The old mill hasn't changed much apart from a paint job. Next I strolled through Saint Andrews church grounds and admired the beautiful architecture. Then I went on the village green right next to Wickhambreaux Court (Colpeper's House) where I stood on the veranda thinking about the making of ACT and of the people who may now be living there. With trees blocking the view, I couldn't see the Oast House in the back garden which was shown when Alison saw Colpeper scything grass, however, there is an Oast House in that location.

SATELLITE VIEW OAST HOUSE

WATCH AN OAST HOUSE HERE


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Post  Country Boy on Sat 20 May 2017, 10:17 am

In prehistoric times the valley of the Little Stour was a tidal estuary. As it silted up, small settlements were formed beside the river, one of those being Wickham, translated as "a dwelling in a water meadow." The suffix "breaux" was added later in 1285, when William de Braose owned the Manor House. The first mention of Wickham is in 948 when Eadred, King of the English, granted six roods of land to a woman called Allfrynne. A document recording that grant can be seen in the British Museum. At the time of the Domesday Book (1086) the village was well established and the riverside pastures were sufficient for three hundred sheep, which merited special mention.



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Post  Andrew Wilson on Mon 22 May 2017, 6:22 am

Gorgeous photo of Saint Andrews Church seen across the Little Stour river.



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Post  Saint George on Wed 24 May 2017, 4:13 am

Inside Saint Andrews Church.



VIDEO OF INSIDE THE CHURCH


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Post  Country Boy on Thu 25 May 2017, 2:01 am

Saint Andrew's churchyard is the burial place of Squadron Leader David Maltby, who carried out the famous Dambusters raid in 1943, delivering a massive hit to the Mohne Dam with the "bouncing bomb" designed by Barns Wallis.

Squadron Leader David Maltby





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Post  Miss Honey on Sun 28 May 2017, 9:33 am

Old picture of the water mill in the village.

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Post  Richard Young on Sun 28 May 2017, 11:41 pm

A 1943 ACT photo of Leonard Smith pointing as he sits with James Tamsitt on the bridge next to the water mil.

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Post  James Brooks on Tue 30 May 2017, 6:52 am

Unfortunately, the photographer didn't see that James Tamsitt's face was obscured by the arm of Leonard Smith. I seem to recall that in the hay wagon scene outside the Hand of Glory, Leslie's mother told him, "Don't point dear, it's rude."




Now this is the face of James Tamsitt:

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Post  Richard Young on Sun 11 Jun 2017, 3:26 am

The Wickhambreaux Mill as seen today.



The fourth and fifth floor maisonette is valued at £215,000.

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Post  Saint George on Tue 13 Jun 2017, 8:44 am

Check out this beautiful Tudor cottage located in the village.



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Post  James Brooks on Wed 14 Jun 2017, 2:47 am

The Post Office which was attached to the Manor House was seen in the movie. Looking at the ACT video clip as Dorothy Bird walks past the window you can see items on display which would suggest perhaps groceries were also being sold. The internal floor space used by the business was part of the kitchen area which has now gone back to its original purpose.

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Post  Saint George on Thu 15 Jun 2017, 12:42 am

The Manor House (Old Stone House) is valued at £1,150,000. William the Conqueror gave the house to his half brother, Odo, Bishop of Bayeaux. Later it was the home of Joan of Kent, wife of Edward Plantagenet, and mother of Richard II. The tomb of Edward Plantagenet (Black Prince) is in Canterbury Cathedral. Joan was actually the power behind the throne and was well loved for her influence over the young king. So much so that when she returned to London from a pilgrimage to Canterbury in 1381, which included a visit to Wickhambreaux, she found her way blocked by Wat Tyler and his rebels on Blackheath. The group not only let Joan through unharmed, but they also saluted her with kisses.



SEE THE INTERIOR OF THE MANOR HOUSE


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Post  Country Boy on Fri 16 Jun 2017, 1:10 am

The Old Rectory can be seen behind Alison in this photo taken in Wickhambreaux during the filming of ACT.

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Post  Saint George on Sat 17 Jun 2017, 6:23 am

The Old Rectory is one of the finest early 18th Century houses in East Kent. The house was built in 1713 by the Reverend Alexander Young, Rector of Wickhambreaux from 1712 to 1755, to whom there is a fine funerary monument in Saint Andrews Church by Sir Robert Taylor. The architecture is distinctly Baroque with its tall segmental headed sash windows which were very fashionable at that time. The house is completely symmetrical, both sides having pairs of tall chimneys with brick pediments between. The front façade, composed of warm red tuck-pointed brick, has a bold dentilled cornice, above which the central roof dormer is framed within a brick aedicule with a broken cornice. Internally, the entire ground floor retains a fine Queen Anne panelling with period fireplaces and a superb principal staircase. The building is cited in Pevsner's Buildings of England series. Priced at £3,000,000 which includes its entire valuable contents.



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Post  Andrew Wilson on Sun 18 Jun 2017, 2:16 am

The Old Rectory as it looks inside. Notice the far left portrait by Frans Pourbus the younger which is valued at £20,000.



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Post  Saint George on Wed 05 Jul 2017, 3:08 am

The Rose Inn.



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Post  Richard Young on Fri 04 Aug 2017, 10:07 am

A great colour photo of Wickhambreaux Court.


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