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Oast House In Brenchley [Jun. 6th, 2013|10:45 am]
Tony Grist
Oast House In Brenchley

Oast houses are peculiar to this part of the world. You find them in Kent and East Sussex and- as far as I'm aware- nowhere else. What they are is kilns for the drying of hops- for use in beer. These days they're uneconomical to run and large numbers of them have been converted to other uses. There's one just up the road from here that's used as a B & B; Ailz and I stayed in it once. Circular rooms- what fun!

[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2013-06-06 03:57 pm (UTC)
It seems more than likely that your distant ancestors came from the place. I can't think of any other reason for them having that surname.

Pretty, isn't it?
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[User Picture]From: desperance
2013-06-06 04:02 pm (UTC)
Yup, that's established, that the family does indeed hail from there. And was still there or thereabouts in the nineteenth century; my grandfather was born in rural Kent, tho' not actually in Brenchley.

And yes, it's lovely. I liked the original Tudor mansions more than the mock-Tudor flung up between 'em (weird, huh?), but I did kinda feel that I really could live there.
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