The Hawkhurst Branch
- The Hawkhurst Branch
- The Hawkhurst branch line meandered through some of the most oustanding countryside in Kent, a locality famous for hilltop villages, hop gardens and deeply-wooded landscapes. To the villagers, farmers, hop-growers and tradesmen along the way, its value was indisputable, but for many the line is most remembered for the role it played during the hop-picking season when hundreds of lOndon families travelled down on their annual working holiday into the 'Fair Land of Kent'.
- During the forty years which have since elapsed, this much lamented, lost Southern byway has often been the subject of pictorial books. However until now (2000) no comprehensive history has ever been written. This highly absorbing account is sympathetically and passionately conveyed in the author's estabilished style, whilst two thirds of the illustrations have never before been published.
- Brian Hart is already well known for having written a number of acclaimed histories of the lost branch lines of Kent, such as the Canterbury & Whitstable, Elham Valley, Hythe & Sandgate, Sheppey Light and the Hundred of Hoo railways. With the Hawkhurst Branch he has achieved not only a journey of sheer delight through a most glorious tract of South East England, but a precious glimpse of an age that no one believed could have so quickly just simply faded away.
- 252 pages, 2000, Hardback, 11" x 8¾", 1240g
- Wild Swan Publications
- ISBN 1874103542
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