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Archaeologia Cantiana - Vol. 127   2007 page 459

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eighteenth century the town became more prosperous as seaborne trade grew, and the town’s streets, buildings and communications by road were improved. The final chapter deals with the economic boom stimulated by the Anglo-French wars, followed by the disastrous effects on town and hinterland of the post-war slump. Analysis of the 1851 census gives the reader a picture of demographic patterns, migration and occupations in mid-Victorian Sandwich. It is depicted as a dreary town, limited in its industry and remaining unhealthy for most of the nineteenth century until public health measures were introduced. Dr Richardson ends this review of the nineteenth century on a more optimistic note as the economy of Sandwich expanded into the leisure and tourism industries, while its local markets flourished and its population increased.
   This is an attractively presented book, beautifully illustrated with photographs, maps and tables, which elucidate the text. Quotations from contemporary writers are tellingly used. It is not a comprehensive history of Sandwich from 1500 to 1900 and readers will find little about people, families and social relationships. Nevertheless, it is a useful synthesis of secondary sources including some less well-known research and it is a valuable account of the town’s socio-economic history that illuminates the influences on both continuity and change in the town’s fortunes.


Broad Oak, A Kentish Village Reconsidered. Edited by Heather Stennett and K.H. McIntosh. 68 pp. B/w illustrations throughout, maps. 2006. Paperback £9.95 + 75 p+p (cheques payable to the Society of Sturry Villages) from Miss K.H. McIntosh, 1 Sturry Hill, Sturry, Canterbury CT2 0NG. ISBN 978-0-95-44789-3-3.

Elvington. All Snap Tins and Sunshine. The Story of a Kent Mining Village from 1900 to 1986. By the Elvington Oral History Group. Edited by Bettina Crane. 66pp. Paperback. B/w illustrations. ISBN 978-0-9532818-4-8.

These two small studies present a remarkable contrast in approach to the history of two very different Kent villages, but both include the ‘voices’ and memories of local people. Stennett and McIntosh have drawn contributions from a wide range of prominent local experts to flesh out the village scape and inhabitants of the long-established village of Broad Oak. The carefully edited transcriptions of interviews are interspersed with a miscellany of thoroughly researched articles, and selected extracts from poetry, parish magazines and official documents, which make this an easy book to dip into. The most frustrating thing about this study though is the lack of any form of preface or introduction. The first entry is an uncontextualised extract from the thirteenth-century rentals followed by an

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