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    dining tables
  • A table on which meals are served in a dining room

  • The first dining tables of which survivors remain are the type known as refectory tables. They are made usually of oak, and one of the earliest, at Penshurst Place in Kent, has a typical thick top of joined planks supported on three separate trestles.





    glass
  • furnish with glass; "glass the windows"

  • A hard, brittle substance, typically transparent or translucent, made by fusing sand with soda, lime, and sometimes other ingredients and cooling rapidly. It is used to make windows, drinking containers, and other articles

  • Any similar substance that has solidified from a molten state without crystallizing

  • A thing made from, or partly from, glass, in particular

  • a brittle transparent solid with irregular atomic structure

  • a container for holding liquids while drinking





    iron
  • cast-iron: extremely robust; "an iron constitution"

  • Smooth (clothes, sheets, etc.) with an iron

  • a heavy ductile magnetic metallic element; is silver-white in pure form but readily rusts; used in construction and tools and armament; plays a role in the transport of oxygen by the blood

  • press and smooth with a heated iron; "press your shirts"; "she stood there ironing"











St Thomas The Apostle, Harty, Kent




St Thomas The Apostle, Harty, Kent





Frank Dines, 21, gunner in the Royal Garrison Artillery, 38th Heavy Battery. Son of William and Frances Dines of Elliot Farm, Harty, Kent.

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St Thomas the Apostle Church at Harty, in Kent, is in a curious and isolated position. Located on the south-eastern end of the Isle of Sheppey, the Isle of Harty was yet another separate island overlooking the East Swale to the south and the Thames estuary to the north-east until around 100 years ago.

Writing to a former rector to apologise for being unable to attend Harvest Festival at Harty the late Poet Laureate Sir John Betjeman said: "Alas I shall have to console myself with memories of the church in its splendid isolation, with sea birds wheeling by and the Thames so wide as to be open sea, and air so fresh as to be healthier than yoghurt [unflavoured]."

Called Hertei in the 1086 Domesday Book, the church would appear to pre-date the Normans and be Saxon in origin. Sheppey had been attacked by the Danes several times and it would appear that the Normans rebuilt a church probably damaged by the Danes in the previous 200 years.

1089 AD has been suggested for some of the Norman work. As built the church had a nave and chancel, as it stands today there is also a north aisle, porch, north chapel and Lady Chapel on the south side. The north aisle was added around 1200 while the [now blocked] south door is also dated to the same period. There is a sun dial scratched into the stone adjacent to this door to time the Mass.

The church has an bell cote supported on a solid internal timber frame, resembling a watch tower. This work appears 15th century in date but a local 'expert' who I met in the church fed me the tale that the church was actually 'built around a Saxon watchtower'. Given that similar timber bracing is a common feature of many Essex churches - just across the Thames from Harty - I was a little dismayed to see this spurious tale has also now crept into a leaflet promoting the Sheppey historic church trail. Sheppey also boasts Minster Abbey, All Saints at Eastchurch and Holy Trinity at Queenborough. All are well worth visiting. Sheppey is worth a day out.

Of special interest is a 14th century muniment chest, probably German or Flemish, which shows knights jousting. This was stolen in 1987, was made the subject of a television appeal and was recovered just four days later after staff at Phillips auctioneers recognised it and called in the police. Three other local churches have similar chests. Harty's is occasionally lent out to London museums but is otherwise locked behind a iron gate in the 14th century Lady Chapel now. It can be viewed through the bars there.

The church stands next to the moat of Sayes Court which is now derelict, having been hit by a bomb in WW2 which also slightly damaged the church. Externally there are three table tombs to the Randall family and one heavily eroded gravestone bearing a skull and crossbones. The same local 'expert' tried to convince me this was 'a pirate grave' until I explained to him that skull gravestones are a common feature in the 18th century and I actually admin the Flickr group for skulls in British churches. Hmmmmm!

The church is in a wonderful position, there is ample opportunity for bird watching in an area which teems with wildlife. Mum and I ended up at the clay pigeon shoot adjacent to the pub at Harty Ferry drinking tea and talking to the man who runs it. He said there are eight pairs of owls roosting locally. Then I remembered the wonderful stained glass window of an owl which we had seen in the church. Clearly the window was locally inspired.













Iron Goat: Upper Floor Dining Area




Iron Goat: Upper Floor Dining Area





A view of the beautiful, bright upper dining room area. The whole pub is well furnished with amazing views of the mountains from nearly every single table in the restaurant. The only thing I would have liked to see was a better selection of draught beers (I generally drink imports).









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