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Farming Isle
'Farming Isle', is the first of a series of books we are producing dealing with the histories of individual farming sites in the Isle of Thanet. We hope to eventually include every known farm in these publications, and they are being written using much original material that is not currently in the public domain. This data is mainly formed from information donated to the archive, and by interviewing those whose families have either worked at, or have owned farms in the area.
The first of these books, 'Farming Isle', concerns the following:
Bush Farm, Chapel Farm, Wood Farm, Coldswood Farm, and Preston Farm - all at Manston. World's Wonder & Foster's Folly, Minster. Haine Farm, Ramsgate; and Flete Farm, Margate. Also included, are the reminiscences of John Bishop, a farm labourer who worked at Chalk Hole and Weddington Farms in the 1940s and 50s; and, those of the late Barbara Solly, whose grandfather, Frederick Fuller, farmed at Sheriff's Court between 1916-1948.  In addition there is a chapter devoted to Thomas Heborn, transported to Tasmania in 1830 for the destruction of a threshing machine at Vincent Farm, Margate.
The book is fully illustrated by previously unpublished photographs, and it reproduces two paintings by talented local artist, Mike Samson.  Mike has skilfully reconstructed both Sparrow's Court, Manston; and World's Wonder, Minster, through descriptions provided to us by those people who still remember them.

Available from Michaels Bookshop Ramsgate price £8.95
Sample pages.

Mike Samson reconstruction for us, of 'World's Wonder', Minster.

World's Wonder as seen today.