A Marden based group called Friends of Marden Heritage is having a fundraising barbecue quite soon. They are important supporters of the Marden Heritage Group, so please come along and support them …
Weddings in Marden
Shops past & present
“In 1938 Kelly’s Directory listed 31 shops and businesses in Marden, excluding farmers, banks, fruit growers and carriers.”
This booklet has been prepared by Roger and Jenny Mallion as a permanent record of the “Shops Past and Present” exhibition held in Marden Library and Heritage Centre. Opened on the 2nd April 2016 by Beverley McGaw.
Who do you think WE are?
“From humble beginnings as a motley group of members of the Marden Society, this exhibition traces the timeline, events and highlights of the Marden History Group”
This booklet has been prepared by Roger and Jenny Mallion as a permanent record of the ‘Who do you think WE are?’’ exhibition held in Marden Library and Heritage Centre.
Opened by Kent County Councillor Paulina Stockell on 21st November 2015
Shops in Marden, Past and Present Exhibition Official Opening
Saturday 2nd April at 1.00 pm by Marden shopkeeper Bev McGaw
The Shops in Marden, Past and Present exhibition will run in the Heritage Centre, Marden Library for 4 months.
The Exhibition will cover how Marden was able to supply the Villagers with most of their needs by the number and variety of Shops.
The whole village used to be alive with shops and you could get everything you needed from Butchers, Bakers, Grocers, Tailors, Drapers, Shoe-makers and Repairers, Stationery and Post Office, Watch and Clockmaker, Coopers, Blacksmiths, Jewellers, Wheelwright, Carpenter, Fruitier, Confectioners and Hairdressers. Goods unable to be purchased were supplied from Maidstone using a horse-drawn ‘Carrier’.
Hopping time in Marden
“The hop pickers were families from Marden – school did not start until after the hop picking was finished at the end of September. Because Marden was one of the busiest hop growing areas, hop pickers from London came by train to help”
This booklet has been prepared by Roger and Jenny Mallion as a permanent record of the “Hopping’’ exhibition held in Marden Library and Heritage Centre. Opened on the 10th July 2015 by Peter Hall.
Hops and Hopping Exhibition Official Opening
Saturday 11th July at 1.00 pm by Marden Farmer Peter Hall
Hops have been a major crop in Kent, Sussex and other counties for centuries and they are the sole reason for Kent’s unofficial “badge” – the Oast House. The flower of the hop plant not only adds flavour to beer, it is an effective preservative for the beer but, sadly, there is now only one hop garden in the Parish of Marden (Farmer Peter Hall’s).
In previous centuries, the absentee owners of the land would impose taxes on the people who farmed their land so some hop growers started to call their hop fields “hop gardens”, in the hope that the owners might assume that they were the equivalent of cottage gardens and limit the tax to be imposed. Until just a few decades ago, the Autumn saw hundreds of people coming from the East End of London to many of the Wealden villages and the character of Marden was changed due largely to the labour-intensive methods then needed to harvest the hops in September and into October if required. Marden Medical Centre stands on the site of the Hoppers’ Hospital and it replaced the Red Cross temporary first aid post that was set up for the hopping season. Hopping and fruit picking were very popular with the people of the London Docks as it was the only holiday they got and, although the accommodation was primitive comprising a corrugated iron hut for the whole family with no “services”, they were away from the toxic air of London’s East End and they could make money! There are many references to hops and hopping in several of the History Group’s 20-odd publications and in other books we have collected.
The Robert & Phyllis Highwood Collection
A new exhibition opened at 2.00pm on the 7th March & will run until 7th July, 2015
Marden History Group are proud to announce that its new exhibition at the Heritage Centre will celebrate the collection provided by this notable Marden family. The exhibition features illustrations and photographs collated by Robert Highwood, a former farmer, who was also: Chairman of the Parish Council for 24 years, Vice Chairman of the Marden Fruit Show Committee, Chairman of the Staplehurst Branch of the NFU and a governor of Marden School.
Robert also assisted Phyllis Highwood and Peggy Skelton with the research for their MARDEN A WEALDEN VILLAGE book.
You are welcome to come and see the opening of the next Exhibition – WWI – Stage II
This will be on Sunday 9th November and will be part of the Village Remembrance Day
- 10-50am – Bell ringing at the Church
- 10-15 to 12noon – Church Service
- 12noon – WWI Stage II Exhibition at the Library to be opened by Nigel Hammond at 12-15pm with WWI music followed by Firing of WWII Siren (2mins) to the music of Vera Lynn
- 1-15pm planting of tree with poems and songs at the Cemetery
- 2 pm – The Village Club invite everyone for tea and coffee
“Where other countries have climates, we in Britain just have weather, a daily phenomenon that controls our lives, provides a perpetual topic of conversation and is totally unpredictable”.
This booklet has been prepared by Roger and Jenny Mallion as a permanent record of the ‘Weather’’ exhibition held in Marden Library and Heritage Centre between
22nd February 2014 and 28th June 2014. Opened by Ken Jenner.
World War One
The impact of the First World War on the residents of Marden
This booklet has been prepared by Roger and Jenny Mallion as a permanent record of the ‘WWI’’ exhibition held in Marden Library and Heritage Centre. The first Exhibition was opened on 11th November 2014 by Mr. Hammond the local British Legion representative. The second Exhibition was opened by Jo Highwood.