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St Leonard's Tower

St Leonard's tower was built around 1080 by Gundulf, Bishop of Rochester and is a fine early example of a Norman tower keep.   It is administered by English Heritage.



King Street

Prior House, King Street.  A Medieval Hall House, thought once to be a leper hospital



Old County Ground

Commemorative plaque at the Town Malling cricket pitch, Norman road, once the county ground.



Douce's Manor

The mansion opposite Manor country park was used during the war by airmen based at West Malling airfield.  Many of their names can be found marked in soot in the ceiling of what is now the cellar.
The Manor House was redeveloped as 25 houses and apartments by Beechcroft Developments.



Cascade

Malling Abbey in Swan Street,  was founded c1090 by Gundulf, Bishop of Rochester.

This Benedictine Abbey lies next to the former Cistercian Ewell Monastery in Water Lane, which closed in April 2004.



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A fascinating postcard sent sometime between 1901-1910 shows the Cascade in earlier times. (Click to enlarge)



Town Malling bell ringers

A copy of the certificate won by St Mary's in 1894 for ringing the bells  when the vicar was leaving to go to Bearsted.

Acknowledgements to Phyll Stevens and Chris Longdon for providing this picture.


You may find of interest the Discover West Malling Village & Airfield 1956 video, filmed by John Holton © who was a navigator with the RAF in 1956.