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KM Group History

Over 150 years of history Charles Dickens published A Tale of Two Cities. Queen Victoria had been on the throne for 22 years. And the Maidstone Telegraph, forerunner of the Kent Messenger, was born. It was 1859. A loaf of bread was 10 pence (4p). A bottle of gin was 3 shillings (15p). And Maidstone’s […]

Hay’s Depot Yard

Grid Reference: TQ726574 Ragstone was an extremely important building material from Roman times. 
At the Hay’s Depot Yard site it is better exposed than similar strata, very poorly exposed, at the SSSI in the abandoned Allington Quarry, now the 20/20 Industrial Estate. The former Ragstone quarry has been developed as an industrial estate and shopping […]

RIGS and SSSI in area

RIGS (Regionally Important Geological Sites) RIGS are geological sites that are important for historical, scientific research or educational reasons. RIGS Information   SSSI (Sites of Special Scientific Interest) SSSIs give legal protection to the best sites for wildlife and geology in England. SSSI information         Site information Aylesford Wagons Pit Aylesford Ditton […]

Aylesford Pit SSSI

This pit, which dates back over a century, provides excellent exposures of fossiliferous Medway Terrace deposits overlying (Cretaceous) Folkestone Beds. In addition to numerous mammalian bones, the site has also yielded a wealth of Paleolithic artefacts. Although well known, and often visited, its geographical isolation has made precise correllation with the main Thames sequence uncertain. […]

Wagon’s Pit, Aylesford

This is the classical Aylesford Pit (No. 2 site of RMC) which opened pre-1851. Traditionally known as the Wagon Pit, it has a number of synonyms: Silas Wagon’s Pit, Wettern Bros., Aylesford Sand [& Gravel] Co., Halls Aggregate Pit, and finally Aylesford Sand Quarry. The picture left shows the main level in the quarry, approximately […]

Aylesford Pit

Aylesford Pit Grid Reference: TQ722597 aylesford sand quarryThe two working pits at Aylesford (Aylesford Pit and Wagon’s Pit) provide excellent sections through Lower Cretaceous and Pleistocene sediments in the Maidstone area. Aylesford Pit, the smaller of the two pits, is shown as ‘disused’ on current maps but has been re-activated These two sites, together with […]

Ditton Court Quarry

Ditton Court Quarry Grid Reference: TQ715577 ditton court quarry 2 Ragstone was an extremely important building material from Roman times. Its use and exploitation is culturally very significant in southeast England, yet old quarries have been almost completely destroyed and any new ones are immediately backfilled. Therefore, Ditton Court Quarry with its good access and […]

A Papermill Pagent

Ten girls topped the charts in the area finals of the 1965 Miss Reed News Competition. There’s a” Colleen, a Scottish lass, a beauty from Burma, and a bevy of English roses, from all corners of the Reed empire in the British Isles. All these girls will be getting a £10 dress allowance and a […]

Aylesford Papermills

Aylesford Paper Mills was owned by Albert E Reed & Co Ltd., that in 1946 owned 4 other UK paper mills, but grew over the next 20 years to become one of the world’s largest paper group. In 1946 the mill had 9 paper machines, 6 in the older East Mill (East of the railway) […]

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