Much of Brooke’s work is set in identifiable locations, particularly the Elham Valley in Kent, where Brooke spent his holidays as a child and later lived permanently. The above plaque is affixed to Ivy Cottage in Bishopsbourne, where Brooke lived from 1949 until his death in 1966.
Ivy Cottage, Bishopsbourne
The Dog at Clambercrown
The Dog is an ex-public house whose remote location, evocative name and strange aspect provides the spur for Brooke’s novel of the same name.
With great thanks to Peter Burness, who took the above photos.
The Water Tower
The Water Tower in Woodlands Wood near Adisham is a recurring figure in Brooke’s Orchid trilogy. Built in 1903, it’s visible from several miles away.
The Goose Cathedral, Hythe
The title of the third novel in the Orchid trilogy, the Goose Cathedral was Brooke’s name for the old lifeboat station in Hythe. Erected in 1875, it was later turned into a cafe, and demolished in 1956.
Photograph from: Bygone Hythe by Charles E Whitney (Phillimore & Co, Chichester 1989)
Photograph from Hythe: A History by Martin Easdown and Linda Sage (Phillimore 2004)
With thanks to Chris Lock, of the Hythe Bookshop, who supplied the above photos.
J H & J Brooke, Hythe
Brooke’s family’s wine merchants was located on Hythe High Street, at No 36, from 1836 to 1970 (the numbering was changed to No 78 in 1915). The name – changed to Brooks – was resurrected in 1989 when the premises became a restaurant.
Photograph courtesy of Google Street View, information courtesy of Chris Lock.
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