Today we happened to be in the village of Bridge, East Kent, and get to walk around the outside of Bridge Place Manor. Now run as an over 30s bar and nightclub, I felt a bit of research was needed… There is a good history piece on the website and also some interior photos. This 1800 book is also interesting , and the Nailbourne river still runs alongside the grounds.
A house had been on the site before Tudor times, the manor of Blackmanbury, but the current house was rebuilt 375 years ago by Sir Arnold Braem, a Royalist in the Civil War, and King Charles II stayed here on his return to England after exile in Holland. The house is listed as a ‘Historic building of Kent’.
The piles of logs are for the open fires – work was in progress today thinning more of the surrounding trees, which are just starting to come out in bud.