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merc

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Re: Otford Pond
« Reply #4 on: February 05, 2013, 11:59:14 »
A couple of my dad's pics of the pond.

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Re: Otford Pond
« Reply #3 on: January 25, 2013, 20:13:04 »
It looked fine last time I went past. Great village to wander around: church, remains of a Tudor palace that was once about the size of Hampton Court and, a couple of decent pubs.

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Re: Otford Pond
« Reply #2 on: January 25, 2013, 15:01:15 »
It is a lovely spot - just spoiled by all the traffic going around it!

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Otford Pond
« Reply #1 on: January 20, 2013, 00:36:48 »
Otford Pond is Grade II heritage listed, and as far as I know is the only 'area of water' in Britain to be listed. The pond was recorded at least 900 years ago when natural springs off the North Downs formed Friar's Pool from which they ran towards the River Darenth, forming a natural pond. In the 19th century the surrounding walls were formed to strengthen it. The pond's "containment structure" was listed in 1975. A number of ducks, geese, swans and visitor ducks can often be see at the pond.

Unfortunately, there was a bit of a fiasco at Otford several years ago, when the council stopped half finished maintenance work being carried out on the pond, due to it not meeting the original planning consent. They left it as a bit of an eyesore for a while. I assume this has been straightened out since though...

 

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