196. Kent 1968 and 2018 – Ightham Mote

Hello – Welcome to WDEOD, a site full of Doris’ photographs!

Its purpose is to share the shots she took in her 50+ years of travel. I’m trying to do a post a film – so one tour may have many posts.
To see what I’ve put up so far, use the menu (three lines up there ↑ if you are on a phone or tablet) to go to a place or a year.

“Shall we go somewhere tomorrow?” my wife asked over the Friday night pizza.

As I had just posted the Ightham 1968 slides and the place is about a half hour drive from home I chose there (actually I had just posted the Uttar Pradesh slides but going there for the afternoon might have proved impracticable).

I’ll not change the original post – here – as we could not get into the house itself. Maybe we will revisit in the summer as we now are members of the National Trust.

I would have liked to do ‘slider’ before and after images, but my ‘plan’ does not allow plugins, so here is a simple slideshow of the 50 year difference. When I do it properly I’ll crop the images.

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The main two things we found was that the entrance had been shifted a few hundred yards up the road. That became apparent when I tried to take the first photo and found I was not high enough. The main car park then must have shifted into the cottage one and the entrance become a disabled and service only one, with the second thing being a large pair of Black gates and accompanying hedge added.

I worked this out but then could not think how to get to the road above. I popped into the gift shop to see if it was ok for me to shimmy over the wall, but after some gentle telling off, the nice lady let me out of the disabled entrance and I happily went off to confuse drivers on the road and worry the cottage inhabitants.

Although it was not a really inclement day, my wife got cold.

Finally you can see by the leaves on the trees how an English January landscape looks, which implies that Doris developed the film in Feb 68 and probably had it in her camera over winter.


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