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     Archaeologia Cantiana -  Vol. 119  1999  page 433


origins and later history of Appledore, Benenden, Stone and Ebony churches. With Alec Miles and the help of other KAS members, the excavation of of the site of the Norman/Later Medieval church of St Mary's at Chapel Bank, Reading Street was conducted from 1977-87.
   Cecily's enthusiasm and energy is sorely missed among local amateur archaeological circles in the area she so enjoyed studying.
                                                                                    ALEC MILES


John Parkin, as he was always known to his family and friends, died on 16th October 1999, soon after his 96th birthday, following a fall at home in King's Lynn.
   John was born in Iden near Rye on 23rd September 1903 and was educated at Reigate Grammar School, where he gained a Whitworth Scholarship to study engineering at Northampton College of Engineering. His early career was in the aircraft industry, with Boulton and Paul, and then working on the ill-fated R.101 airship. However, in the slump of the 1930s, when the industry was in the doldrums, he joined his father's drapery firm in Norwich and later established the business in Folkestone.
   He joined the Society in 1960 when his dormant interest in structural engineering was re-awakened on seeing Durlock Grange in Minster-in-Thanet being demolished. He recorded and published this particularly fine 'wealden' house in Archaeologia Cantiana in 1962, and from that time until 1989 there is an almost unbroken series of articles on houses in the eastern half of the county. He served on the Council of the Society for fifteen years.
   John served on the Kent Historic Buildings Committee for over 20 years and compiled a file of notes, drawing and photographs on each house he inspected, which are now at the National Monuments Record. He was an active member of several local history groups in East Kent and lectured widely on the old buildings he loved to record, assisted by his wife Mollie, who operated the projector.
   His friends remember a quietly-spoken, unassuming man, who imparted his extensive knowledge of Kent houses in a relaxed and friendly manner and inspired others of similar interest to go and look for themselves.

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