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The origins of Vigor Close, Mill Street, East Malling

This street name commemorates Albert Edward Vigor who was the victim of a late 19th century traffic accident in Mill Street.
His death certificate records that he died on 13 June 1884 (a friday – unlucky for some) aged 11, when he was
accidentally run over by a horse and trap in Mill Street.
His father is recorded as Walter Vigor a miller and engineer residing in East Malling

The East Malling burial register records he was buried on 15th June 1884 in St James churchyard.
The grave is on south side of public footpath.

DSC_0143The site of the accident is marked by a cross, in the ragstone wall fronting Mill Street, When the former school site was developed for housing the new road was named Vigor Close.

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