I’ve entered some buildings into the draft timelines. Some of them were buildings that I used in the promo video (Ruckinge Church, the Outlet, the Clock Tower for example).
Others have been suggested by people on Facebook. Mersham Le Hatch for example, Westwell Mill, Eastwell Towers.
It’s interesting to me that I live only a few miles away from Westwell Mill but knew nothing about it. Similarly I drive past Eastwell Towers practically every week but knew nothing of its history.
In fact, if I think about it, prior to starting this project I only really knew the history of my own village – and that I sort of take for granted.
This has caused a minor problem.
People haven’t been suggesting buildings on their own community Facebook groups because ‘everybody knows about them’.. I might not put Wye College on the Our Place Wye site, for example, because to the residents of Wye (and readers of the Our Place Wye facebook group) it’s too bleeding obvious?
But the project is about the whole borough of Ashford. As a Wye resident I’m probably not alone in not having the foggiest about buildings in Tenterden or Lenham…
I think publishing the timelines fairly frequently would be a way to rectify this problem. If people see that buildings in their communities haven’t been inserted, they might suggest inclusion.
I think I will republish the timelines on this site every Friday afternoon – and on the Facebook group as well.
Ashford 1000-1300: https://time.graphics/line/396597
Ashford 1300-1500: https://time.graphics/line/396605
Ashford 1500-1700: https://time.graphics/line/396609
Ashford 1700-1900: https://time.graphics/line/396610
Ashford 1900-Present Day: https://time.graphics/line/396611