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ScadburyBookRemember when I said I hoped the will and funds could be found to preserve what remains of Thomas Walsingham’s Scadbury Manor in Kent?

Well, thanks to the Marlowe Society, who alerted me to the fact via Twitter, now I know that the effort is indeed being made. You can find about it here, on the site of the Orpington and District Archeological Society.

There are more images of the place, and also an excerpt from a publication on the subject. Actually, there are several, it seems – but you can only purchase them by mail if you live in the UK. I guess I’ll have to go to Scadbury in person, then… Which, to be perfectly truthful, I have meant to do for some years – only it never happened yet. Some day I’ll tell you about the “stroll” through Kent my mother and I have been planning.

On the ODAS site you will also find that Major Marsham-Thownshend, he of the timber ceiling, was a well-meaning amateur, whose excavations in the Twenties proved to be something of a disaster… I wonder what became of the timbers – but I guess I’ll find out when I finally go to Scadbury.