I attended the KHF one day conference in Headcorn where, after 3 speakers and a marvellous lunch, we could chose one of four guided visits. I decided to go on a guided tour of Headcorn as, although I have passed through on many occasions, I had never spent the time to look round this interesting old town. The weather was perfect and our guide gave us a wealth of information on the many old buildings. Headcorn built its wealth on the cloth industry so many of the building were originally cloth halls and date from the 16th and 17th centuries.
An exhibition of Headcorn at the Village Hall
A wedding car outside the church
Shakespeare House, possibly a cloth hall built in the late 16th century
Chequers, a 16th century building restored in the 1980s
The Institute, built in 1866 at right-angles to the road
The George and Dragon pub
Tallow House, built in the 17th century
Home Farmhouse, built in the 18th century
The main road, A274, through the town
One of the many old houses on the main road. Note the repairs to cracks on the front.
St Peter and St Paul church and churchyard
Talk by our guide outside her house in Church Walk
Munks Cottage, Church Walk
Church Walk with Headcorn Manor in the distance
Headcorn Manor, which was the parsonage, dates from about 1516 and was restored in the 20th century.
Headcorn Manor from the rear. We were kindly allowed into the garden by the owner.
Plaque with description of Headcorn Oak
Georg Philipp Telemann – Concerto in E flat major for 2 horns, TWV 52, Maestoso