Year Six of Wateringbury Remembered


We are now into year seven of this website and have had more than 23,000 different visitors from over 97 countries.

Whilst I spent the first 20 years of my life growing up in Wateringbury I am by no means an expert on it or its people, I am simply a conduit to allow memories to be shared.

I am sure many of you look at the entries and say, that's not true as I remember it a different way. You are the very people I need to correct or add to the entries made. Maybe not everyones memory is accurate but it gives us a start. Don't just sit there write to me.

Email me directly at or use the contact form on the right hand side of the scren.

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Thanks in anticipation.

John - The Webmaster




Wateringbury Forerunner Youth Club Membership Card 1940's

Courtesy of Ann & Brian Skinner

Wateringbury Forerunner Youth Club Magazine - 3rd September 1945

 Another interesting contribution from Ann & Brian Skinner relating to the Forerunner youth club run by the Rev Soar.

"The Forerunner magazine (below). Vol. 1 No. 3 dated September 1945. (just four months after the end of World Two) Am afraid that the quality of some of the pages have deteriorated, not surprising since it is 69 years old and the paper available at that time would have been to a very poor standard. It was produced by Mollie and June Picket in the front room of No 1 Hoyfield Villas, using a very old typewriter and even older hand duplicating machine, for which finding ink was always a major problem. Do not remember how many issues were produced but do recall the editor had to work hard to get members to contribute!"

Forerunner Youth Club

We are grateful once again for some really interesting material from Brian & Ann Skinner.

Two pictures of a number of members taking part in one of the many ‘Hikes’ Believe this may have been the one reported on in the September magazine. One of the pictures shows the names of the members.

It is amazing to think that the youngsters in the picture were teenagers at a time that predates pretty well everything that today is considered Important, Essential, Must have, Could not be lived without and so on. Yet is certain that not one of them felt deprived.

Corner Shop History

 Can we help Peter with his request below?

I'm trying to find information about the property situated on the corner of The Street and Red Hill, Wateringbury.  My great-grandmother, Rachel Taylor, nee Boorman, together with two of her sons, John and William, are shown on the 1891 Census as living there and operating a grocery and drapery business at the premises.   In the 1901 Census Rachel is living in Tonbridge and William is boarding in Burham.   John had died in 1897.

    I am attaching a copy of the  Particulars of Sale of "An important block of freehold shops and dwelling houses" which were auctioned by Messrs. Wm. Day & Sons in conjunction with  Messrs. Cloke & Sons on 10th October 1946.   This was found amongst my grandfather's papers - he was Ebenezer Taylor, another of Rachel's sons.   He must have had some connection with the property and I remember my father having to check that the water was turned off in the empty property.

    I should be grateful for any information.

Peter Taylor

Mrs Duffy's class - Wateringbury School 1970's

Photo Courtesy of Gary Randall

Nigel Newick (back row far left) Julie Randall (back row far right) Andrew Card (next row down, 2nd from left) Greg Ivy (same row, 4th from left).

Anyone able to add the other names? 

Greg Ivy laid and supplied all the carpet in my current house, excellent job - small world.


 Paul Skelton kindly remembers us when researching for his website as follows:-

Thought you might be interested in the latest piece of research I have picked up regarding Wateringbury.
The name Leney as you may know is quite prominent in Dover with their brewery, and also Wateringbury of course.
I don’t know for a fact that these are related to the main family, of Frederick or Alfred but the account may be of interest to you.

From the Maidstone Telegraph, Rochester and Chatham Gazette, 
Saturday 14 January, 1860. Price 1d.

Chas Leney, of Wateringbury, was indicted for having assaulted his sister-in-law, Ann Leney, at Wateringbury, on the 5th September last. The bill was found by the grand Jury at the last sessions.
Mr. Addison said he was instructed for the prosecution in the case, but he was happy to say the court would not be troubled with it, as the parties, being relatives, had very wisely resolved to shake hands, and be friends again.
Mr. Hawkins, Q.C., (especially retained, and with whom was Mr. Bushell) said he could only rejoice that the matter should thus have terminated, and he trusted the reconciliation would be a permanent one.
A verdict of acquittal was then recorded, and the proceedings terminated.

Not sure where I’m going to put this on my web site www.Dover-Kent.Com yet, but sending it to you should you wish to publish as well.


Paul Skelton


Dail kindly added the following:-

With reference to Paul Skelton’s post regarding  Charles Leney, and Ann Leney

Very briefly, Charles Leney was the first of two brothers who ran the Phoenix Brewery in Wateringbury. His sister-in-law Ann was the wife of Frederick Leney ,  Charles’ younger brother. Frederick Leney  remained in Wateringbury for the rest of his life. However, Charles eventually left the village in 1861, about the time his youngest son Alfred purchased a brewery in Dolphin Lane Dover, which also became known as the Phoenix.

A good account of  both the Leney’s family history,  and  Wateringbury’s Phoenix brewery  can be found in Dail's Book at the link below.

Vandalism in Wateringbury

 February 16th 1973 - Kent Messenger Cutting
How many street lights would you get repaired for £40 today and would it make the Kent Messenger.
Now is the time to own up if this was you!!

Order Photo Prints of the pictures on this website.

Prints of some of the photos on this website are now available to purchase at a small cost and can be printed in various formats. 
Click on the Photobox logo to see what photos are available. 
All personal photos have been removed.


Wateringbury - In the Steps of George Newman and Beyond

The second edition of a book about Wateringbury by Dail Whiting has now been published.
This edition, entitled 'Wateringbury - In the Steps of George Newman and Beyond', can be purchased from Wateringbury Post Office or online.
For more detailed information and pricing, please go to 
from where the book can also be ordered.

Wateringbury WW1 Memorial Booklets

Wateringbury WW1 Memorial Booklets
To mark the centenary of the Great War (1914-18), two memorial booklets have been produced giving details of  the men commemorated on either the Church War Memorial which hangs in the north-east corner of the church, or the old School War Memorial which now hangs in the church vestry.

These booklets can be purchased from the church

 or can be ordered and sent by post.
All profits from the sale of these booklets go towards Wateringbury church funds.

For more detailed information, please go to: