The Marden Local - Pubs past and present in pictures, by Chris Gosling, Trevor Simmons and Colin Whittle
Published by the Marden History Group, 36 pages. A4 size spiral bound booklet (N5427)
Marden is a village in Kent, and lies several miles south of Maidstone, and this booklet provides a fascinating brief history of some of the Inns, Taverns and Pubs that were found in the village and local area over times gone past. There is the Beech Inn, the Brickmakers Arms, the Bridge House Inn, The Bull, The Chequers, The Duke of Wellington, the Engineer, the George, The Lord Raglan, The Mile Bush Inn, The Plain Tavern, The Poplar Tree, The Prince of Wales, the Red Lion, The Rose and Crown, the Royal Oak, The Stile Bridge, the Telegraph, The Unicorn Hotel, the West End Tavern, The White Hart, The White Horse, The White Lyon, and The Woolpack.
From the introduction: The pub, the church, the post office, the school, the general store and the village hall: vital centres of any community - choose your own order of importance. In the first decade of the 21st century Britain is losing an average of forty pubs every week. Increased awareness of the dangers of drink-driving, crippling tax policies and round-the-clock availability of cheap alcohol in supermarkets are contributors to this national disaster. In rural areas the mechanisation of farming, with the resulting reduction in the agricultural labour force, has long been an influence.
Before we get to the stage of "Grandpa, what was a pub?" this album records for posterity not only all those which are known to have graced Marden parish throughout its history but also a few which, despite being just outside our parish boundary, were - or in two happy cases still are - regarded by Marden people as "their local".
The condition of the booklet is generally very good. The covers are clean and bright, the spiral spine is tight and intact and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound. Has a small price sticker on rear side cover