Going back to my old hometown | Part Two
The village of Yalding in Kent is situated on the River Medway. It’s an area that was often susceptible to flooding, although the flood defences have been improved in recent times.
There is a cafe and a teapot museum by the river, called Teapot Island. There are also a couple of marinas, caravan parks, and places to picnic.
New houses have been built overlooking Hampstead Lock on part of the former ICI Chemicals site.
The most picturesque place is where a traditional Kentish Oast House (now converted into a dwelling) stands beside the river making stunning reflections in the water. Oast Houses were originally used for drying hops to make beer.
We had an Oast House on the farm where I grew up and it was one of the first things my Dad taught me to draw.
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