Category Archives: Courts, Crime & Punishment

Joanne Bouchier – the Martyr from Eythorne

The young Joanne Bouchier (died 1550) stood on the pyre, her shorn head erect. Dr Scory (d1585), who later was appointed the Bishop of Rochester, asked her to repent. Joanne looked defiant but said nothing. The pyre was lit and … Continue reading

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Witch Trials

Theodore (602-690), Archbishop of Canterbury, published the first ecclesiastical laws condemning witchcraft in England, in the seventh century. It would seem from this that the fear of witchcraft had been around for a long time before and it continued, reaching … Continue reading

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SS Peter and Paul Church, Charlton and the Rev. Sidney Faithorn Green

Charlton is a parish adjoining the town of Dover to the north. Indeed Dover’s High Street was originally the London Road passing through Charlton where it was that village’s High Street – not Dover’s! Charlton Green, now Castleton Shopping Centre … Continue reading

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Transportation

Some years ago the Dover Mercury published a series of articles of mine on the different Dover’s around the world. These can now be seen on the Dover Society web-site accessed from the Home page. One of those stories was … Continue reading

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Dover’s Prison

For over a thousand years Dover does not have a gaol, jail or prison. The spellings gaol and jail are both in general use, but gaol has historically been in England while jail is used in the USA. The word prison … Continue reading

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