Saturday, 13 September 2014

They Did What When?

If there's one thing that makes me appreciate living in this part of the world, it's our rich history and direct connections to innumerable important events over the centuries and even millennia which rather puts our own lives in context.

I'm glad I'm not the only person who appreciates this and for those others who would like to know a little more about our local history at least, there are two local exhibitions on this weekend.

One of them started on Thursday and is at St Johns Church, off Church Road (down past The Plough) in the Old Malden sector of WP. I managed to stop in and soak in a bit of History (as well as a nice cup of tea from some very pleasant people looking after the church and the exhibition there.)

Did you know that Malden comes from the two Saxon words Mael and Dune meaning "The Cross on the Hill". The saxon church on this site was recorded in the Doomsday book in 1086 so it's a fair bet there's been a church here for over a thousand years. That means the people worshiping there were closer in time to Christ himself than to us! But anyway, I digress...

There is also a historical exhibition at St Mary's Church, Cuddington (down The Avenue) looking at how the area was mostly farmland, less than even 100 years ago. This is from 11am to 5pm today. You can see more information about this on the local Guardian site here so I wont blather on about it here.

This is all being done with a nod to nationwide Heritage Open Days and Open House London which encourages normally closed buildings to allow the public in to see the amazing architecture inside. Open House London is officially next weekend but the Royal Borough of Kingston have apparently brought theirs forward by a week.

So there should be many chances to go and see interesting stuff over the next couple of weeks.

Old is Good!