High Street, c.1883
This photograph, taken from the church gate looking east, shows that the High Street is remarkably little changed. Note the children sitting in the street, blissfully unconcerned before the motor age. On the left the Bethersden marble pavement is visible. The Chequers Inn was rebuilt but closed in the 1990s and is now a Chinese take-away.
A newspaper cutting reported the following discovery during demolition of the old Chequers Inn in 1892: “a box between the beams near a staircase containing the remains of an infant - top of the skull, arm and jawbone clearly discernible, the rest crumbled to dust. Close by... a pot of paste labelled Poison.”
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