Medieval Town BUT an Antiquated History!
Suze was over this morning; we had agreed yesterday that today would be our Walk in Time tour as the weather had promised to be good again. The weather didn’t disappoint however the tour booklet we were using most assuredly did!
Now l am the first to agree that Sandwich as a town has a higgled layout road wise, but you can still make sense of it – you must walk backwards and forwards … but even a layman such as myself could have written a better guide, given that l walk around this town daily. Ok, the booklet was a slim summary, but it held two walks – a long one and a shorter one and l think given 15 pages long, either the guide should have been longer, or the two walks allocated to two slimmer guides.
I know we live in strange times with covid and the pandemic, and that the library has been shut since March 2020, the Tourist Centre has been shut since September of last year, the Town Hall and its Museum has been shut since early March of last year and before the pandemic because it was set to open for the season, just didn’t bother! But l am astonished at the complete lack of qualitable historical information on this town, given how old this town is.
I mean Sandwich was actually called Sondwic is 851 and then became Sandwic by 933. In the Domesday Book in 1086 it is then listed as Sandwice. Translated the town name actually means ‘Market Town on sandy soil.’ Which is exactly what Sandwich was all those years ago. I found this information just by looking at Wikipedia last year.
Our guide we used for the walk is Walks through Historic Sandwich and was written by a senior lecturer at the London Institute of Archaeology but was terribly put together – given the authority who did so. Just showing again, that just because you can write a book doesn’t instantly mean you should have it published!
Sandwich has well over 400 Listed Buildings – 400!!? Now l don’t expect the book of this size to cover them all … of course not – but the biggest problem is that it tried to fit a quarter of that history into 15 pages!! This made walking it hopeless to say the very least and a real headache – l shudder to think how those not native to this town must cope with guides like this! This guide was given to me a gift thank goodness, because had l bought it, it would have cost me £8!!
I have said to Suze that once something resembling some kind of normality resumed, l will try and write a guide of my own, because there is simply so much information that visitors would love to learn about l feel!
I need to sort through the photos and once done, l will create and publish the walk in time – however, we had some decent sun today and rather mortifyingly, give the damn British holidaymaker a bit of blue sky and warmer weather and they flock to locations! Anyone would have thought this town wasn’t STILL in a lockdown judging by the sheer number of people out and about!!
I will have to try and get some clearer photos in the next day or so that were missed due to people’s heads and shoulders everywhere!! I worry that in a little less than 2 weeks time, the lockdown will have lifted for retail .. then the Sandwich Madness will return!! Am so not looking forward to all the noise again and more of the annoying two legged flesh bags walking about with their high voices and squealing kids!!
But it was good to have a walk about in the nice weather even if the route was somewhat all over the place and badly put together ………. mm hahaha!!
Thanks for reading, catch you next time!