Chapter Twelve - Westerham and Chartwell

Trip Start Sep 28, 2012
Trip End Oct 14, 2012

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Friday, October 5, 2012

Our girls have found the shops in Lenham! Namely The Heart of Kent Hospice Charity Shop (a thrift store for my US readers). Charity shops in the UK are quite unlike their equivalents in the US, which are often quite large with vast arrays of used clothing. Charity shops in the United Kingdom are much smaller and their products seem to be of a higher quality. The most well-known are run by Oxfam and Greenpeace.

They all have a lot of fun in the Hospice Shop, and after all, it doesn't make much of a dent in the tight budget. We are off to the town of Westerham today, and Miryam actually snags a cute watercolour of The Green, which we will be visiting later. The paining is right now on our Florida room wall!

After shopping til’ almost dropping, we drive through the lovely Kent countryside to Westerham, which is near where the venerable Sir Winston Churchill had his family home, Chartwell.

Arriving at The Green, our first task is to take photographs of exactly the same place as the painting, including the very modern bronze statue of Sir Winston. The statue is by Oscar Nemon and was erected 1969 on a stone plinth donated by Marshall Tito of Yugoslavia. Nearby is another statue. General James Wolfe was the British commander at the Battle of Quebec, and fell during the fighting. The victory over the French consolidated Canada as a Dominion of Great Britain.

The High Street is attractive and inviting and obviously we can’t resist a latte at an outdoor table enjoying the autumn sunshine.

Chartwell is surprisingly noteworthy and we spend over three hours touring the house and gardens.

Afterwards we head back to Royal Tunbrige Wells, this time to visit the Royal Victoria Place Shopping Centre, our first visit to a UK shopping mall. This is a very elegant centre in a very elegant town.    
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greekcypriot on

Thanks for sharing Martin. Beautiful photos and entry.

derrick241 on

There can be many bargains in these thrift shops, and they are getting more numerous

You were very lucky to find a thriving high street, there isnt many left these days (thanks to out of town shopping supermarkets)

But yes, enjoying a coffee in the autumn is a great way to pass an hour or so, just watch the world go by (I do a lot of that)

There are plenty of parks to visit in Kent and the Olde World pubs

A shame you never came up to Kew gardens, its a great place to spend a long day, (still maybe next time)

There are lots of statues on 'Winnie' put up now, I think its finally made people realise what he actually did for Enland and the world

You got some great pictures on this blog

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