People and Stories

IMAGE Borden School Report
Thursday, 17 November 2016
Roger Mills school report from Summer 1936. Long hot summer days before the World went to war. Donated by Helen Allinson.  Read More...
IMAGE Sherlock Family Photos Pt 2
Monday, 10 August 2015
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IMAGE Sherlock Family Photos
Monday, 10 August 2015
      The Sherlock Family photo album. (With thanks to Marjorie)        Read More...
IMAGE Vivien’s childhood memories of Borden Fete
Saturday, 06 June 2015
My childhood memories of the Borden Village Fete are bittersweet, looking back through battered old rose-tinted spectacles to a time when the sun always shone, everyone was happy and I always got a new frock for the occasion. On the Friday evening... Read More...
IMAGE Borden Vicarage in 1899
Sunday, 18 January 2015
      Some pictures from an album page dated 1899 of Borden Vicarage and some of the people who either visited or were staying there. The vicar at the time was Arthur J Wilson but we have been unable to trace any relatives with names matching... Read More...
IMAGE A local Lady
Monday, 09 June 2014
An interesting note passed to us by John Crunden about a local lady who has given her name to part of the parish.  Read More...
IMAGE MARY YOUNG (Day) 02 April 1916 -27 August 1992
Wednesday, 04 December 2013
Mums Story I was born in Borden on April 2 nd the day the gunpowder went up. We were staying in my Granmars house. Though we lived next door ,and it was number 2 and we lived in No 3 Devards Place and my dad was in the army he had to come home and... Read More...
IMAGE Old Press Clippings
Sunday, 07 April 2013
  Submitted by I Rossiter Read More...
IMAGE The Ghost of Borden Hall
Sunday, 10 March 2013
I remember as a child my father telling me of the” Ghost of Borden Hall “and being born and raised in the Village of Borden as was my brothers and my mother (whose father was the local blacksmith George Sherlock) I became a... Read More...
IMAGE Cockles
Wednesday, 30 January 2013
I was eight years of age and my sister was four when our twin brothers were born in 1927 at Forge House. My Dad (George Sherlock) looked round for something to take us in to the seaside and bought a large motor bike and sidecar from Mr Alex... Read More...
IMAGE A Shocking Suicide at Borden
Wednesday, 09 January 2013
This report appeared in the East Kent Gazette on Saturday 22nd June 1889.  Submitted by Ivan Rossiter. Read More...
IMAGE Joyce Pollington remembers Borden
Tuesday, 04 December 2012
During World War Two we - my Mum and older brother, Tom, and sister, Pam - lived at number 8 Duvard’s Place in Borden. We were there from when I was just 5 (1940) and left one month before my 12th birthday. We struggled along manfully... Read More...
IMAGE Borden Fete newspaper items
Saturday, 10 November 2012
  Here are two newspaper items relating to Borden Fete passed to us by John Crunden. Read More...
IMAGE The Barrow Trustees signalled by tea towel
Wednesday, 03 October 2012
As a child I lived with my parents, brothers and sisters in Forge House, my father was the blacksmith. Twice a year (April and October) the Barrow Trustees met in Barrow House, this was known as ‘rent day’ where the tenants of... Read More...
IMAGE Marjories Playstool memories
Wednesday, 03 October 2012
The Playstool hasn’t always been the size that it is now, the bottom end was Mr Clinch's apple orchard, and he lived in a big house since pulled down. After the war the orchard was up for sale and the Council and the villagers raised... Read More...
IMAGE Coronation Day 1953
Monday, 16 July 2012
Memories of Coronation events in Borden recalled by Ann Coker.  Ann Coker Read More...
IMAGE Borden Fete 1950's
Friday, 06 July 2012
  Two images from John Crunden showing the interest surrounding the Fete. Read More...
IMAGE Roger Wood's memories of country life.
Tuesday, 22 May 2012
I lived in Pond Farm Road in a little bungalow near to Sutton Barron Road, there was only one other house closer to the triangle in the road which was called "Primrose" owned by a farmer John Veitch. He was married to Ethel Veitch. We... Read More...
IMAGE JOYCE MARTIN'S MEMORIES of Borden
Monday, 26 September 2011
Joyce’s father was the village blacksmith in Borden. His family had lived in the village for several generations. His name was George Cecil Sherlock and having married Minnie May Wittingstall from Faversham, he lived in Forge House from 1922... Read More...
IMAGE Borden Horticultural Club 1963
Monday, 08 August 2011
Can anyone name the faces in this picture from 1963?  Read More...
IMAGE Rat and Sparrow Club
Saturday, 06 August 2011
The Rat and Sparrow club ran for many years and was still going strong when this photo was taken in 1956. I can name only name 2 of the people,they are twins Peter and Percy Jessop pictured 3rd & 4th from left in the row nearest the camera. I... Read More...
IMAGE Marjorie's memories of Borden businesses
Wednesday, 13 July 2011
The village stores were owned by the Kingsnorth family, they also had a shop and Post Office at Key Street when Key Street was a village. Borden Post Office was in the Barrow House on the corner of the Street, it was run by Mrs. Wood and her family... Read More...
IMAGE Scouting in 1929
Saturday, 07 May 2011
Our newly-formed Troop of Scouts, rejoycing in the name of the "1st Borden" is going strong.There are two Patrols - the Owl and the Pewitt. The Owl Patrol colours are light blue, and the Pewitt's white and green. As regards the other... Read More...
IMAGE The Forge,Uncle Ted and life at the school and as caretaker
Thursday, 31 March 2011
Life at the Forge: I was born in 1919, in Chestnut Street and moved into Forge House in The Street Borden in 1922. My Dad (the blacksmith George Sherlock) used to renew the worn tyres on the wagon wheels, in order to do this he had to... Read More...
IMAGE Jam and Other Stories
Monday, 17 January 2011
A film made as part of Kentish delights 2010, with the Borden Womens Institute. Helen Allinson tells the story of the jam paddle and Borden WI members discuss their memories as other make jam, there is old film from the Sittingbourne museum and new... Read More...
IMAGE Pte R. F. J. Gisby's Military Medal
Monday, 08 November 2010
Pte.Reginald Francis John Gisby R.A.M.C was awarded the Military Medal for services in North Western Europe. The citation states:- "On April 25th 1945, Pte.Gisby was ambulance orderly attached to the regimental aid post of the 5th Battalion,The... Read More...
IMAGE VE Day Brier Road
Sunday, 11 April 2010
More memories of this Street Party from Mrs Cheeseman to follow.  Read More...
IMAGE Mrs White came to Borden in 1950
Sunday, 14 March 2010
Sunday, 14 March 2010 16:58 I was born in into a family of farmers in Scotland. I grew up near Guildford on my parent’s farm and moved to Borden in 1950; after the Second World War my husband Ron and I lived in Europe where he worked as a... Read More...
IMAGE Women's Institute Borden
Saturday, 27 February 2010
Letter of congratulation to Borden WI 2009 from Elizabeth Giles nee Valentine. I am so sorry not to be with you all on this special day - the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak! I came to Borden Village in 1941, with my 6th month old baby boy.... Read More...
IMAGE Adventures of a milk boy
Thursday, 21 January 2010
      Drivers from the left: Ern Ferris, Not Known, Norman Rossiter, Arthur Catchlove, Dave Spink, Stanley Whitehead (son), Reginald Whitehead (Owner), Harold Nash, John Black, Not Known, Ike Friday (daughter), Tom Friday (father). (supplied by... Read More...
IMAGE Life in Borden by Roger Martin
Wednesday, 02 December 2009
I was born and raised in Borden until I got married at the age of 22. My mother and her family all grew up in Borden. My grandfather was the local blacksmith, and I remember very well watching him shoe the big Shire horses and helping him by... Read More...
IMAGE Memories of Life in Borden by Joan Mills ne Wenband
Saturday, 24 October 2009
I was born in a cottage at Harman’s Corner in October 1924. I’m told that I fell out of my pram onto the lid of the well at the rear of the cottages. My earliest memory was in 1927 when we moved from Harman’s Corner to Wises... Read More...
IMAGE Farming memories of John Francis Bensted Sillars
Saturday, 10 October 2009
I was born in 1929 and named John Francis Bensted Sillars. My mother’s name was Bensted. The Bensteds have lived in this area for generations. Farm lands My Great Grandfather Thomas lived at Down Court Doddington. He farmed at various times,... Read More...

Comments  

#8 Michele Bergin 2016-09-04 14:17
Quoting Kevin Cordes:
Regarding the photograph of the WI group by the bench in 1994, is the Doris Linegar in the photograph the proprietor of Linegar's fish and chip shop at the top of Shortlands Road?

Hi Kevin,
Yes Doris Linegar in the photo was the proprietor of Linegar's fish and chip shop, along with her husband, Stan.
#7 Eileen Harrison 2016-02-09 20:20
Quoting Eric:
I think I sent my previous message before I had finished!

I am newish to the village but I have a long standing interest in local history from North Derbyshire and Sheffield.

I have enjoyed Helen's talks on Borden and Tunstall but I am astounded by the wealth of archive resources she has used to write her books.

If she hasn't done this before - would it be possible to ask Helen if she would do a lecture about her resources - her range, the successes and the dead ends.

I feel that this would be very interesting.

Many thanks

Eric Morris

Hi Eric Helen will be at the Forge opposite the Maypole Inn on Thursday 11th February at 11am she will be giving a talk to our members on the hisory of the Barrow Trust you may like to join us. Regards Eileen (one of two editors)
#6 Eric 2016-02-03 21:28
I think I sent my previous message before I had finished!

I am newish to the village but I have a long standing interest in local history from North Derbyshire and Sheffield.

I have enjoyed Helen's talks on Borden and Tunstall but I am astounded by the wealth of archive resources she has used to write her books.

If she hasn't done this before - would it be possible to ask Helen if she would do a lecture about her resources - her range, the successes and the dead ends.

I feel that this would be very interesting.

Many thanks

Eric Morris
#5 Kevin Cordes 2016-01-12 04:20
Regarding the photograph of the WI group by the bench in 1994, is the Doris Linegar in the photograph the proprietor of Linegar's fish and chip shop at the top of Shortlands Road?
#4 Janine Taylor 2014-08-09 11:15
I am interested to know if anyone still remembers an old cottage on a corner of Cryalls Lane. It was possibly thatched. I know the person who was ordered to pull it down by the farmer/landowne r in the 1960's. The reason given was that it was too close to the road. He doesn't remember any details that can help. Surely someone must have takes a photo in the past? It does show up on certain maps and when one walks into the area there are remains of a chalk pit.
Hope someone can solve the mystery!

Tried the census but difficult without a house or occupier's name.
#3 Tom Hutson III 2014-06-24 02:28
My great-grand father was born in Borden on March 21st, 1883 and baptized May 6th, 1883 at the Saints Peter and Paul church. Father and mother were George E. Hutson and Frances J. Hutson (nee Jordan); siblings included Edith Eliza, Stanley, and Wallace. I am not sure if they lived in Borden proper or in a nearby town or village, possibly on Deans Hill Road near Bredgar. George may have been a farmer in the fruits.

Because of my grand-fathers early death, we do not know much about him or his family, and possible relatives still in the area. I have searched many of the archives available online and have gathered some limited information; maybe that is all there is, however, I thought I would post this with your organization to see if perhaps someone out there would have some more information about this Hutson family from Borden area.

Thank you,

Tom Hutson III
#2 Douglas Wilson 2014-05-06 19:08
One of the children on the motor bike was my mother in law Marjorie Barrett who is now 94
#1 Sue Samson 2014-02-17 17:37
I have been looking at the website with my Mum, Iris Tumber (nee Whitenstall). She remembers visiting the Forge to see her Uncle George and Auntie May (Minnie) when she was young. She remembers them coming down to Faversham on the motorbike and sidecar which is shown on your site. I can also remember them coming down to Faversham in the 1950's on the motorbike and sidecar. Mum would be interested in seeing any other pictures of the Forge as it used to be.

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