How the lodge looks today - this photo was
taken by the then owner: Alan Lam
The following snaps were taken in the grounds of the cottage with a second-hand Brownie Box Camera in the latter half of the 1920's, the films were then developed and printed by my grandather in the outhouse/scullery. Again, as there was no electricity, this also had to be done by candle or oil-light. Tthe negatives no longer exist, but the condition of the prints made under those restrictions is quite remarkable as you will see.
One of my dad's many Kid's Jumble Sales,
The Maidstone & District Bus Garage behind the wall, was used by the Military in World War Two.
It was here that many army vehicles were waterproofed, ready for the D-Day landings in Normandy.
My nan hangs out the washing in the lodge garden while my dad looks on.
Riding lessons for the Abbey Girls
View from the Lodge with the Lilly Pond Gate at the end of the pathway, with a small farm on the left.
This farm was leased to my dad's friend, Margaret's grandfather, Mr Reid Partridge and son Ronald who taught my dad to milk cows.
My dad (Ivor) in the yard with his first drum
My dad's brother Graham in back garden.
Ivor learns to drive
My grandad Percival JamesWhite at the front door in St John uniform.
My dad watches the ploughing on the Abbey Farm - What no tractor !!!
My dad's brother Graham, dad and grandad.
Elizabeth Morgan and Dorothy Eldridge - love the hats
Elizabeth Morgan and Dorothy Eldridge - and the dog
A young Ivor at the lodge
This looks like a day out in Bexhill