Kent Village of the year 2004
This decade was dominated by the start of WW2, when Germany invaded Poland on September the 1st 1939. Two days later on September the 3rd England and France declared war on Germany.
In Challock a major change took place when mains water came to the village in the early 30’s. Before that villagers had to rely on rain water or wells which in most cases had to be 2 to 300 feet deep. (From Challock Memories 1920 0nwards by Evelyn McGee)
In 1932 a Soldier, Pte James Collins of the East Kent Regt (The Buffs) made his way up to Challock from Ashford walking. He was was passed by two women and a child in a car. At the top of the hill on the edge of Kings Wood he found them preparing a picnic. His mind snapped and he shot all three of them with his service rifle. He then went on to London in their car. He was subsequently arrested and at his trial was found guilty but insane.
Fred Chapman & Joyce Potter
(on top of cart)
Fred Chapman & Harold Marsh
At the Old Bakery