Book Review from The Journal of Kent History March 2015
Cranbrook Journal No. 25 Date: 2014. Publisher: Cranbrook & District Local History Society Cranbrook Museum Carriers Road Cranbrook Kent TN17 3]X www.cranbrookmuseum.org
The Cranbrook & District Local History Society is justly proud of the publication in 2014 of the twenty-fifth issue of the Cranbrook Journal. Congratulations!
The first of three articles touching on the Great War concerns Canon William Bell, Vicar of Cranbrook between 1898 and his death at the end of 1918. He was 76 when he died, just a few weeks after the Armistice.The second is about Lance Corporal Bert Holmans who was wounded at Gallipoli. He started to recover in Egypt but then sickened again, his condition exacerbated by a recurrence of the enteric fever he had contracted in South Africa during the Boer War. He died aged 36 and is buried in Alexandria. The third article with Great War connections concerns Rupert Howard Inglis, another Anglican priest, who 'gave his life for his friends' when he was killed in the Somme in September 1916, aged 53.
By June 1816, Henry Dobell was a Miller in Cranbrook, and an article recounts the considerable ups and downs of his career until his death in 1860, which took place in the Union Workhouse in Hartley.
Henry Hodges, Rector of Frittenden, was involved in a tithes dispute in 1806 and an interesting article on the subject explains a lot about the system of tithes whereby payments in kind or in money were made to certain clergy in the established Church of England. Kent in particular had a long history of tithes disputes and the one in Frittenden in 1806 was not unusual. The system of tithes was only brought to an end by legislation in 1936.
An article on roads in Cranbrook in the hundred years from 1780 comes next, followed by another article on an Anglican cleric, William Peterson, who began life in 1809 as a Methodist but became an Anglican priest in the 1840s. He had noticed that Anglican clergy could be better paid than their Methodist counterparts and the article charts his career through various attempts to improve his financial situation, few of which show him in a flattering light. He died in February 1899.
This issue ends with a review article and an account of the activities during 2014 of the Cranbrook Museum and its Archives team.