Our Beachley Outing

 

 

We picked the perfect day and time for our Beachley outing –
7 pm on the hottest day of the year, Tuesday 19 July, meeting in the Old Ferry Inn carpark to enjoy the breeze off the river and for the start
of our tour led by Tidenham History Group members, Richard and Carol Clammer.
We started at the slipway, where there has long been some sort of crossing here, with a ferry since
about 900 AD, and used by coaches until the rival crossing at Black Rocks gained the railway.

 

 

We visited the Church and the tiny school and school-house,
and explored the Commonwealth War Graves cemetery there. Most of the village is now MOD land, stemming back to
Sept 1917 when the
powers-that-be came up with a plan to build prefabricated ships at Beachley. In order to execute this plan, the whole village
was compulsorily acquired and everyone summarily booted out with two weeks’
notice.
The full story is being written up
by Richard and Carol, and when their book is published we will have them come
along to a Society meeting and tell us all about it.

Our thanks to them for a fascinating glimpse into a near,
but not very familiar, place.

 


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