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Romney Hythe and Dymchurch Railway

21st July 2017

Stephanie Moore:

https://www.stagecoachbus.com/promos-and-offers/south-east/south-east-romney-hythe-and-dymchurch-railway

This a link to the steam/rider where you can buy a bus ticket and train ticket combined.
Below is a link for buses from Rye that will take you to all the stations mentioned in the subject! :-)
https://tiscon-maps-stagecoachbus.s3.amazonaws.com/Timetables/SOUTHEAST_WAVE_100_101_102_WEF_260415.pdf

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Cedric Hodgson

18th July 2017

Geoffrey Hassell:

Did you ever manage to establish his birth or death year?

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Cedric Hodgson

16th July 2017

Justin Brice:

Hi,

There's a windmill etching currently for sale on Ebay which may be a Cedric Hodgson. Do you have the dates he was active as I'm trying to identify this mill. There's a structure to the right of the image which I think resembles the ruins of St Leonards Church at Aldrington. Do you know if Cedric ever ventured to Brighton? If not then I'll refocus on the Rye area. BTW I'm editor of the Sussex Mills Group newsletter.

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Romney Hythe and Dymchurch Railway

13th July 2017

Alison Harvey:

I will be staying in Rye next month and hoping to visit the Romney Hythe and Dymchurch railway. My question is: is it possible to get to any of the stations on the line from Rye by public transport, e.g. by bus? Thanks

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Tree Identication

4th June 2017

Rowena Suthers:

We were in Rye yesterday and along the S.Undercliff (A259) along by the river there are a row of trees. Does anyone know what type of trees these are please? Thank you for your help. R Suthers

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Clockmaking Family: Gill

10th May 2017

Carol Smith:

Hello again Celia,

Yes, Dan Gill is engraved clearly on back of watch workings and has a small 'l'. I had thought that was a mistake made while engraving and didn't realize it was an abbreviation. The number would be a serial no. but am having no luck finding any records of them. Have checked out the hallmarks and found the makers of the case. The date mark is 'I' which signifies 1803-04.Also in the case between the watch and outer case are several pieces of paper l assume were placed there as packing? Some of these are printed business labels of other watchmakers...Dibley and Bourn. Can't find any info on them ...maybe they worked for Daniell. There are also some intriguing hand written notes on back of some referring to my family name but so old and fragile l cant make out the writing. The watch is missing its small hand and is not going. I have not fiddled with it though and will find someone suitable to repair. Thanks for your interest and help.

Cheers,

Carol

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Clockmaking Family: Gill

9th May 2017

Brian Conway:

Glad to hear I have helped you progress.

Brian
British Banking History Society

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Clockmaking Family: Gill

8th May 2017

Celia Syversen:

Delighted to hear from you, Carol, especially as I thought the trail had "gone cold" long since! Is there a small "l" after Dan, indicating an abbreviation? This is how the name is engraved on our longcase clock. Some years ago we went to Rye and just scraped into the Public Library before closing time: there we found "The Clockmakers of Sussex" by E.J. Tyler, publ ca 1987 by The Watch & Clock Book Society, P.O.Box 22, Ashford, Kent. An entry shows: "DANIEL GILL, Rye b 1759. Only clockmaker in Rye in UBD (Univ British Dictionary) 1798; paid by church 1805-10 for work on clock. thirty-hour LC brass dial birdcage movement. Another, silver centre to dial. Another, George Hotel Rye (NB by me: this clock has been stolen, said the hotel!!) Verge watcges known. Eight-day LC movement plain silvered arch dial. Was also a banker. His shop in High Street now bears a plaque." As Daniel Gill made verge watches and was active until at least 1810 (still only in his fifties), surely it's quite possible that he made yours? Wonder where the S43S came from? Does the watch still work? Our "Daniel" as we call him keeps remarkably good time, although he did have a major overhaul some years ago, which cost even more than we paid for him at the outset! Yes, we always refer to our clock as "him".) Believe there were other Gills - a Samuel in Rye and a William in Hastings. Good luck with your further search. All good wishes, Celia

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Clockmaking Family: Gill

23rd April 2017

Carol Smith:

Know this is a long shot Celia but just today looked on back of an old pocket watch and found Dan Gill and a No. S43S. I am in Australia and know family moved from Sussex area in about 1830s. Am thinking this watch must have been made earlier than that if Daniel stopped watch making in 1794.

Cheers,

Carol Smith.

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Garden Waste Collection

31st March 2017

Carol Kurrein:

Since being told by Rother that we aren't eligible for the garden waste collection service because bins cannot be collected in our particular road, I was wondering if anyone knows of a private collection service, or maybe someone who does regular trips to the tip and would be willing to collect our garden rubbish (bagged up) for a small fee. We are in central Rye with off-road parking outside.

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