Snodland 1865-1882, A Selection of Newspaper Cuttings, collected, transcribed and edited by Andrew Ashbee
Published privately by the author in 1991, 52 pages. A4 size spiral bound booklet (N6301)
Snodland is a town situated on the River Medway in the north of Kent (midway between Rochester and Maidstone), and this booklet provides a fascinating insight into the towns history in the 19th century through looking at local newspaper cuttings.
From the introduction: The cuttings..... come from two local papers: The Maidstone and Kentish Journal, and the Kent Messenger and Maidstone Telegraph, marked respectively as [MKJ] and [KM] in the text. It is very much a selection and I am quite sure that there are many more items of interest which I did not see, or which, for reasons of duplication or space, I decided to omit here. Some items have been shortened. Square brackets [ ], with or without a comment indicate where this has been done, and a few additional comments are printed in italic by way of explanation. Generally, however, the items are left to speak for themselves.
The selection aims both to entertain - by providing as wide across-section of interest as possible - and to give cause for reflection on how much life has changed in the intervening years. So there are accidents and activities, bazaars and burglars, concerts and coffee taverns, diseases and drainage, entertainments and excursions, festivities and funerals - the alphabet of events goes on. As a centre-piece, the murder of Police Constable Israel May was recorded in the national press and the subsequent search for his attacker is brought vividly to life in the extended coverage of both local papers. My transcription is based upon the Maidstone and Kentish Journal, but the Kent Messenger account is similar. We may be amused by some of the turns of phrase used by the writers, but equally we cannot fail to be impressed by the fine and truly comprehensive reporting of life at that time....
The booklet will thus be an invaluable help to anyone interested in the history of Snodland, as well as people with a more general interest in the history of the local area....
The condition of the booklet is generally good. The cover has one or two very minor scuffs, but the spiral bound spine is intact, and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound. There is a small price sticker on the rear side cover