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Offline Mike S

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Re: Kent village rhymes
« Reply #3 on: January 01, 2018, 10:41:46 »
I was told the Station Masters on this east kent line used to call the train heading for Ramsgate as... Why Kill 'Em and cart 'em to Canterbuty... which is Wye, Chilham, Chartham, Canterbury.
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There was a Bus Inspector at Mill Street Bus Station in Maidstone in the early 1960's who had a speech impediment and this was exactly how his announcement sounded before departure of the Canterbury Bus.

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Re: Kent village rhymes
« Reply #2 on: January 01, 2018, 09:51:39 »
I was told the Station Masters on this east kent line used to call the train heading for Ramsgate as... Why Kill 'Em and cart 'em to Canterbuty... which is Wye, Chilham, Chartham, Canterbury.
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Kent village rhymes
« Reply #1 on: December 31, 2017, 19:40:00 »
I found a short collection of old doggerel rhymes about Kent villages.

Rye, Romney and Hythe for Wealth without health;
The North Downs for health with poverty;
But you shall find both health and wealth
From Foreland Head to Knole and Lee.

Lee is either Leigh near Tonbridge or near Blackheath.

Sutton for mutton, Kirby for beef,
South Darent for gingerbread and Dartford for a thief.

Apparently this refers to Dartford fair that was notorious for pickpockets.

He that rides into the Hundred of Hoo
Besides pilfering seamen shall find dirt enow.

Dirty Charing lies in a hole.
It had but one bell and that was stole.

Dirty here means smoky as in this one

Smoky Charing, smoky Deptford.
Deal Dover and Harwich.
The devil gave his daughter in marriage.
and by a codicil to his will
He add Helvelot and Brill.

I know not all of the above are in Kent but I liked the rhymes

A couple of odd ones

Go to Monks Horton.
Where pigs play the organ.

And this one

Proud Town Malling, poor people,
They built a church to their steeple.

And finally an old Kent rhyme about thunderstorms

If it sinks from the north,
it will double in wrath;
If it sinks from the south,
It will open it's mouth;
If it sinks from the west,
It is never at rest;
If it sinks from east,
It will leave us in peace.

There must be more of these out there.
 

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