Percy Pilcher and the Hawk

A model of Percy Pilcher and his Hawk hang glider 1899
The 30th September 1899 was a damp day. At his wealthy friend’s home in Stanford Park, Percy Pilcher was persuaded to make a final demonstration flight of the Hawk to a gathering of financiers.…

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Map

Colour reproduction of map of Codsheath Hundred. Scale 1:25000 (2.5”: 1 Mile). From the original Hasted’s “A history and topographical survey of Kent.” (A hundred is a mediaeval unit of administration). One of 34 maps of Kent from a “Late…

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Mammoth Tusk

Substantial portion of ancient elephant tusk. Order proboscidae; sub-order (probably) mammothus. Excavated from Folkestone Bed (thus lower cretaceous) Not investigated. Formerly owned by Otford and District Archaeological Group (c1970) and then Otford…

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Palace Model

A model of the Palace as it might have been in 1514. The model is based on the best available information as to the layout and construction of the Palace

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Door

Oak door believed to have come from Otford Palace. For many years it was used as a garden gate, just past the end of the garden at Colets, the imposing house to the East of the Pond. Its original location is uncertain: various suggestions are that it…

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Seal

Lead bulla. This was probably attached to a letter from Pope Urbanus III to Archbishop Baldwin in 1187.

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