This event will be held on Sunday 11th February on 180 acres of pasture.
Parking is limited due to the weather so please only register 1 person per vehicle, comment under registration with usernames of people that will be travelling with you.
There will also be catering at this event thanks to Nigel @ Foodie Doodies.
Bethersden is a village and civil parish five miles (8 km) west of Ashford, Kent.
The village has two public houses – The Bull and The George. It has a beautiful church (St Margaret’s), built in the early 15th century, and a Baptist church (Union Chapel).
Bethersden was formerly well known for producing Bethersden Marble and was a centre of the Kentish wool trade. Lovelace Place in Bethersden was the birthplace of 17th-century poet Richard Lovelace.
Several successful businesses have operated from the village: Stevenson Brothers, who produce high-quality handmade rocking horses; W & D Cole, who make iron gates and railings; and the former Colt Houses, who sold prefabricated timber homes.
The Bethersden Parish Records Society holds the original parish register, maps, books, photographs and other records relating to the village.
Ashford’s importance as an agricultural and market town grew in the 13th century, and in 1243, King Henry III granted the town a charter to hold a market for livestock. The pottery industry expanded in the 13th and 14th centuries, with the main works based at what is now Potter’s Corner, a few miles west of the town center. Later evidence from examining waste suggests that production was on a large scale. The Kent Archaeological society have discovered sandy ware at this location dating from around 1125 – 1250.
Jack Cade, who led the Cade’s Rebellion against corrupt Royal officials in 1450, is believed to be from Ashford. In William Shakespeare’s Henry VI, Part 2, Cade is shown conversing with “Dick, the Butcher from Ashford”.
In the 16th and 17th centuries, Ashford became known for nonconformism. A local resident, John Brown, was executed for heresy in 1511, and may have inspired the later namesake of the song “John Brown’s Body”. Thomas Smythe acquired the manor of Ashford as dowry from Queen Elizabeth I in the mid-16th century, and is buried in the parish church.
Dr John Wallis, the internationally recognised mathematician and one of Isaac Newton’s main tutors was born in Ashford in 1616, but moved to Tenterden in 1625 to avoid the plague. He was a promising student, and subsequently graduated from Emmanuel College, Cambridge.
IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING ALL LET’S GO DIGGING EVENTS
Please note: We expect all finds to be shown for photographing, all items considered treasure for the finder to provide identification and a contact number. Whilst it is not our responsibility to report items of treasure found on our digs, we will advise the finder to do so and expect confirmation it has been done. And finds of this nature not reported will result in the finders details being passed to the relevant authority.
The event will start at 9am after a short briefing so please arrive between 8am and 8.45am. Digging finishes at 4.30pm. Parking will be on in the farm yard.
There will be catering at this event thanks to Nigel @ Foodie Doodies.
If you can no longer attend after registering for the event please UN REGISTER, failure to do so can result in you being blocked from all future LGD events.
Non paid members £20
Paid members with a membership card £15
Under 16s free (no need to register)
Bethersden Kent Sunday 11th February
Please only register 1 person for each vehicle, add a comment with the usernames of the people travelling with you. This is to help enable us to ensure that we have sufficient parking as it becomes restricted at this time of year. Thanks
Registration opens at 31-12-2017 22:05
Registration closes at 11-02-2018 18:00
Max Participants: 100