Ho­tel plan of­fers chance for a dig

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - - Letters And Opinion -

Fol­low­ing on your item in the Ken­tish Gazette for Fe­bru­ary 1 [£5.5 mil­lion project to turn manor into bou­tique ho­tel], read­ers will want to know that Bridge Place was built in 1638 by Arnold Braems, a cus­toms col­lec­tor in Dover, on the site of the Court Lodge of Bridge Hun­dred.

Part of the un­der­croft of that house was re­tained and was vis­i­ble un­til a few years ago. Bridge Place as it stands now is how­ever but one third of Braems’ orig­i­nal, the rest hav­ing been de­mol­ished 300 years or so ago, while many of the sur­viv­ing orig­i­nal fea­tures of the house were un­for­tu­nately de­stroyed in a fire in 1971.

The pro­posed new build as il­lus­trated, what­ever its per­ceived mer­its as an ad­junct to the house, seems to oc­cupy the site of the de­mol­ished two-thirds, and to cover part of what was an elab­o­rately land­scaped gar­den, ev­i­dence of which can be seen in aerial pho­to­graphs.

An op­por­tu­nity arises now for a proper ar­chae­o­log­i­cal sur­vey of the area be­fore build­ing com­mences, given that the whole of the Nail­bourne val­ley has proved to be of ar­chae­o­log­i­cal in­ter­est.

In­deed, re­mains might even be found of the me­dieval wa­ter-mill that al­most cer­tainly graced the site. I won­der there­fore if any thought at all has been given to this long his­tory, and if not, why not? MM Raraty Pres­i­dent and honorary archivist, Bridge & District His­tory So­ci­ety

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