Walk­ing guides by for­mer ed­i­tor to re­ceive an up­date

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - News - By Ai­dan Bar­low

The works of a re­spected jour­nal­ist and au­thor who chron­i­cled his walks through the Kent coun­try­side are set to be re­vived.

Sir Charles Ig­gles­den served as the ed­i­tor of the Ken­tish Ex­press for 64 years af­ter tak­ing on the role from his father, who had founded the news­pa­per in 1855.

He was knighted for ser­vices to jour­nal­ism but was also a keen writer of nov­els and ac­counts of his saun­ters through the Kent coun­try­side.

His life has been charted in his­tory mag­a­zine By­gone Kent by writer Mal­colm Hor­ton, who de­scribes how Sir Charles pro­duced a se­ries of re­ports with il­lus­tra­tor Xavier Wil­lis for more than 45 years.

Called Saun­ters Through Kent with Pen and Pen­cil, they were pub­lished in the Ken­tish Ex­press and also printed in 34 vol­umes.

But nine of the vil­lages that Sir Charles vis­ited were never fea­tured, so Mr Hor­ton hopes to pub­lish a 35th vol­ume of the works early next year, in­clud­ing a look at how the vil­lages have changed.

The vil­lages are: Sell­ing, Stal­is­field, Stowt­ing, Postling, Bon­ning­ton, Ot­ter­den, Oare, Nor­ton and Lud­den­ham.

Mr Hor­ton said: “He was a man of un­bounded en­ergy and wide-rang­ing abil­i­ties. I be­lieve that the 34 vol­umes of Saun­ters through Kent with Pen and Pen­cil will be his last­ing tes­ti­mony.”

Sir Charles was of­fered the chance to be ed­i­tor of The Chron­i­cle in Fleet Street but turned down the post to re­main in Kent.

He lived at Heath­field, a town house in Can­ter­bury Road, Ashford, now op­po­site Si­mone Weil Av­enue.

Mr Hor­ton re­veals de­tails of the for­mer ed­i­tor’s sport­ing prow­ess at cricket, rugby, lawn ten­nis and chess.

Re­mark­ably he twice beat Sir Arthur Co­nan Doyle at bil­liards in the fi­nals of the Au­thor’s Club Cham­pi­onship.

Sir Charles was also a prom­i­nent pub­lic ser­vant in Kent, as an elected county coun­cil­lor and later al­der­man. He died in 1949 at the age of 88.

The full ar­ti­cle is avail­able in is­sue 38 of the By­gone Kent mag­a­zine, which can be pur­chased on­line by vis­it­ing www.by­gonekent.org

For­mer Ken­tish Ex­press ed­i­tor Charles Ig­gles­den; be­low, A Saunter Through Kent with Pen and Pen­cil

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