Discovering Blendon Hall Talk June 2013

On Monday 10 June 2013 Roger Mayo gave an entertaining and informative talk to the Bexley Historical Society on ‘Discovering Blendon Hall’.

Roger Mayo talking to the Bexley Historical Society

Roger Mayo talking to the Bexley Historical Society

Assisted by Geoff Holland (in charge of the projector) Roger talked about the Georgian hall and the search for the Elizabethan hall. He especially stressed the complementary evidence provided by documentation and archaeology. He referred to some of the heroes and villains who have lived or otherwise been associated with the hall; these included a Wesleyan preacher, a banker, two soldiers and a horse called Warrior!

The last family to live at Blendon Hall were the Jays. Remarkably, we had a special guest at the talk, Margi Carlson, who had come all the way from America! She is the great great granddaughter of Mrs Jay, who died in 1929.

Geoff Holland, Margi Carlson and Roger Mayo

Geoff Holland, Margi Carlson and Roger Mayo

Jim Packer, Margi Carlson and Geoff Holland

Jim Packer, Margi Carlson and Geoff Holland

More photographs can be seen here.

Following the talk, Bexley Historical Society member Sally Hawkes felt inspired to write a poem about Blendon. It can be seen here: A Call from the Hall.

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