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Channel 4′s time teams visit to Canterbury 2000

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Time teams archaeologists, geophysicists, hirtorians, graphics experts and digges made a visit to Canterbury in August 2000 and made some amazing discoveries…..

They looked at the Greyfriars which was the very first franciscan friary in Britain, founded in 1224 and rebuilt in a new location in the 1260′s. The orgiginal structure at the time was not known but after three days the Time Team found one of the most important monastic archaeological sites in Europe.

They also carried out a  dig on Tyler Hill- about a mile outside of Canterbury’s city centre, which was thought to be one of medievil England’s busiest tile factories. A large Kiln was found at the site which was though to have made house bricks- which many town houses today will still have within their walls. The Time Team also built their own kiln, designed decorated and fired their own tiles lay a section of flooring to match that of the Corona Chapel of Canterbury Cathedral.

The biggest dig of all- known as ‘the big dig’ was the digging up of Canterbury’s Whitefriars- which revealed 2000 years of the city’s history. They found numerous artefacts to support their theories dating from roman times right through to medievil times. To read more visit the Canterbury Archaelogical site.


The Oare Gunpowder Works

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The OAre Gunpowder Works is managed with the help of local volunteers. Activities include conservation work on site, ranging from woodland to pond management, and running the visitor centre.

If you are inspired by the works and wish to find out more about volunteering opportunities please visit

The Shipwright’s Arms

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The Shipwright’s Arms- loacated in Faversham, Kent is an ancient pub over 300 years old. However, the history of the Pub tells us it would have been fuctioning as an inn some time before the 18th century. Many pirates and smugglers used the inn as well as sailors and fishermen that would have visited the inn to refresh themselves while waiting to unload their cargo in the   neartown of Faversham.

The pub still maintains a listening watch on vhf radio for mariners who may be in distress and the current landlord keeps tradition by acting as a volonteer coastguard to the testers boat yard, which is located adjacent to the pub.
The pubs remote loacation has, until recently forced them to be totally self-sufficient, to the extent that they would even generate their own electricity. They still draw water from their well and cook using propane gas.

The Shipwright’s Arms is a maratime of history and is bursting to share it with all those who enter through its doors. They serve a wide range of food between 12 and 2.30pm and 7pm and 9pm.

Canterbury Cathedral

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Looking up at its giant, magnificent structure it is no surprise that the Cathedral is one of Canterbury’s most famous tourist attractions. With hundreds of thouands of people walking through its doors each year, this historic marvallery has become something of a wonder. Right at the heart of Canterbury it stands tall and assertive- yet come night time this gigantic building becomes something of a soft mystery. Here at Iffin Farmhouse we are lucky enough to have a wonderful view of the cathedral from our gates which looks striking at any time of day or night. So if you find yourself here in Canterbury, do visit the Cathedral for not only a breathtaking experience, but for the history and culture.

Kent Breakfast Scheme

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Here at Iffin Farmhouse we pride ourselves on having fresh, quality ingrediants in our cooked breakfast- this means pork sausages and thick back bacon delivered fresh from our local Butchers, fresh free range eggs from the egg farm next door and all our vegetables are from the local farm shop.

As well as our cooked breakfast we also serve Locally produced milk and yoghurt from Hinxden Dairy farm and freshly pressed apple juice from ‘Moor Organics’ fresh juice company. As well as the Farmhouse fresh bread- also produced in kent, thats served up with your breakfast, you can also enjoy quality jams and marmalades from ‘The Wooden Spoon’ preserving company or some thick Kent produced Honey.

We think its important, not only for the fantastic quality of products we get, but for local producers and suppliers that our breakfast is as much Kent produced as we can make it.

Dover and the White Cliffs

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Dover is a town and major ferry port in the home county of Kent. It faces France across the narrowest part of the English Channel. Its strategic position has always been evident throughout the history, archaelogical finds have revealed that the area has always been a focus for peoples entering and leaving Britain.

Dover figuered largely in the Domesday Book as an important borough. it also served as a bastion against various attackers: notably the french during the Napoleonice Wars; and against Germany during World War 2.

Dover Castle

Commaninding the shortest sea crossing between England and the continent, Dover Castle Boasts a long and immensely eventful history. Its spectacular site above the famous white cliffs was originally an Iron Age fort, and still houses a Roman light-house, one of the best preserved in Europe. The Anglo-Saxon church beside it was once part of a Saxon fortified settlement.

Today you was tour the secret Wartime Tunnels and experience life as it was lived by the 700 personnel based here in the worst days of WW2. You can see the Command Centre where Sir Winston Churchill viewed the Battle of Britain, and relive the drama as a surgeon struggles to save the life of an injured pilot in the under-ground hospital.

The White Cliffs

Known throughout the world, the ionic White Cliffs are internationally recognised, so much so they were voted Britains most popular stretch of coastline. They have witnessed much action and invaions throughout the centuries- the historic Dunkirk evacuation was even planned from within them. Today they provide a welcome sight to the millions of visitors who visit White Cliffs Country.

They White Cliffs of Dover are one of Britains most instantly recognised natural land marks. Rising out of the English channel to over 300ft high in places, they are a dramatic and inspiring sight from the sea and provide superb views out across the Channel towards France. The cliffs stretch for 10 mils between Folkestone to West and Walmer to the East. David Ballamy describes chalk grasslands near the cliffs as ‘Britain’s equivalent of the tropical rainforest’, such is the diversity of the plants and animals.


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A Kentsh Cobnut is a type of hazelnut, just as a Bramley is a type of apple. Unlike most other nuts, cobnuts are sold fresh not partially dried. They are in season typically from the end of August through to October. Stored nuts may be available from selected outlets through to Christmas.

At the begining of the season the husks are green and the kernels juicy. Nuts harvested later on are ripe, have brown shells and husks, and the full flavour has developed. Cobnuts are sold fresh and like other fresh foods they should be kept in the fridge, for example in the salad drawer. Husks should be removed if they are loose but it is not necessary to remove every one. the addition of a little salt helps preserve the nuts. Stored correctly, ripe nuts will keep until Christmas and beyond.

Cobnuts are delicious fresh, for example as a snack or in salads. They are also excellent roasted, which brings out their flavour. Roasted nuts can be eaten on their own, or used whole, chopped or ground to flavour pasta, meringues, cakes, etc.

To roast cobnuts, crack and shell them, then cook them on tin foil or on a baking tray in an oven heated to about 150 degrees for an hour or so; the cooking time depends on how ripe they are. First they become soft, but do not remove them until they have hardened. Be careful not to burn them.

Many cobnut orchards or ‘plats’ are a century old or more, but new plats are now being planted again. you can grow them in your garden but the grey squirrels may eat them before they are ripe. Old nut plats are important for nature conservation as they support many animals including the doormouse with is a protected by law.


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If a sea side town is what your looking for, look no further than Whitstable. With its working harbour and narrow streets of fishermans cottages, situated just seven miles from Canterbury on the North Kent coast.

Famed since Roman times for its oyster, Whitstables fortune has always been linked with the oyster industry. At the turn on the century, more than 100 smacks and 500 people were employed in gathering and selling Whitstable oysters.

After several years of decline as the result of disease, pollution and over fishing, Seasalter Shellfish (Whitstable) Ltd is now the biggest producer of seed oysters in Europe, suppying literally billions of native and gigas seed oysters and clams to concerns throughout the British Isles, Europe and Africa.

In addition to its oysters, Whitstable is credited with having the first regular steam railway passenger service in the world. This came about with the opening of the railway to Canterbury in 1830 and the building of the harbour in 1832, both events greatly improving the town’s prosperity. The new port could accomodate 20 sailing ships of up to 150 tons, and the railway sidings up to 80 trucks. Coal was the main cargo but, in the harbour’s heyday, sailing ships from Whitstable went to destinations all over the world, carrying cargo of all kinds.

Whitstables character is stil; strongly influenced by its maratime past. these links with the sea provde interest to residents and visitors alike and are the basis of many of the fascinating displays at the Whitstable Museum, at 5a High Street.

Whitstables past may have formed its character, but changing times have meant new activities and interests. these days, the town is becoming known as the venue for water sports, with national championships in windsurfing and water skiing being held regularly. both activiies adding to the towns established popularity as a centre for sailing.

Increased tourism has meant a crowded calendar of summer activities, inuding the anual Oyster Festival in July, Harbour day in June and in August, the carnival and regatta.

The Green room

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The Green room is an en-suite double room with a shower. It overlooks the green at the front of the house and is the perfect sun spot for the afternoon sun set.

This room has a cosy, country feel with a newly renovated en-suite shower room. With a separate entrance to the main house you can come and go as you please as well as being just a short stroll to the breakfast room.

The Pink Room

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The pink room is a newly refurbished twin room that can be doubled up as a family room or an en-suite double.  With stunning views across the green, this room is perfect for a peaceful rest to recharge your batteries.

The pink room has a separate entrance to the house so you can feel right at home and come and go as you please. The room comes equipped with a HD digital TV, tea and coffee making facilities, bath and separate shower cubicle and a hair dryer

Ideal for linking with the adjacent  Green Room  for  those with larger families or those parents who wish to have their children sleeping in a different room.