‘MUSEUM WORTHY’ WINDOW
Last year we were approached about a window that was discovered within the wall of 10 The Street when it was being renovated some years ago.
The window needed rehoming to a safe place, preferably where experts would be able to glean information about the window and perhaps even renovate it.
We are happy to say that we found such a home thanks to Leonie and Caroline who work at Canterbury Cathedral. The window has been given a home by Charles Brooking, an Architectural Historian. His collection is used as a learning resource, as well as being a National Collection of various building related artefacts representing past periods.
The window is Palladian in style and contains very thin glass that would have been locally mouth blown. The style includes sections that are raised, called rustication. Some of the glass is a beautiful red colour with a pattern painted on it. The window still has its hand-made nails in it, catches which indicate how it opened, and lead strips. Above the window is a carving which we are hoping might be better identified when experts have looked at it.
The window is thought to be from the middle 17th century, and it is only due to its careful storage since discovery that it is in a fairly good condition, which highlights the need for extreme care to be taken when any works are carried out on our older buildings here in Appledore, and especially the Listed buildings.
APPLEDORE HERITAGE COLLECTION
Work is continuing on the creation of our small museum in the Methodist Chapel. Once we were sure that we had a committed space for our collection to be displayed, we applied for £300 under the Kent County Council Combined Member Grant Scheme 2020/2021 and, thanks to Cllr Michael Hill’s recommendation, our application was successful.
These much-needed funds will be used to obtain items to help us create a good display of our collection. Such items are an A Board for publicity, a laminator, a guillotine, steps, photo albums and various materials to enhance displays in cabinets and on the walls.
We would also like to extend our thanks to Paddy Moseley for her kind donation of three large display cases which were moved to the museum in January.