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Did you know that in 1532 Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn spent their honeymoon at Shurland Hall, Eastchurch - just outside Sheerness? Plague had hit London, and Henry was en route to Calais and a summit with Francis I, hoping to gain his support in ‘the King’s Great Matter’. The three day visit nearly bankrupted owner Sir Thomas Cheyne as the royal couple were accompanied by a retinue of 300, all of them to be fed, entertained and doubtless particularly expensively provided with drink.

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William Penney

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A critic is a man who knows the way but can't drive the car. - Kenneth Tynan
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Wesley Breaks from Church of England - 1784, Last British Soldiers leave India - 1948, Moorgate Tube Train Disaster - 1975, Selby Rail Crash - 2001
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