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A HALF-TIMBERED COTTAGE AT SMARDEN, KENT, A HOME OF FLEMISH WORKERS

A HALF-TIMBERED COTTAGE AT SMARDEN, KENT, A HOME OF FLEMISH WORKERS

The village of Smarden lies about ten miles west of Ashford and within the Kentish hop district, which industry, be it noted, was founded by the Walloons. A small party of weavers appears to have settled here also, probably in the sixteenth century; for the substantial weavers' cottage shown in the photograph is of that period. To these skilled craftsmen from overseas every hamlet, however humble, between Dover and London was a potential centre of industry; and their English hosts gave them a warm welcome.

Other pictures from Landmarks of Foreigners in England


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