Tales and Stories of Kent

 

Wondrously Told in Rhythmic Poems

These are a few of the many traditional stories told in Kent and to be found in Our Kent, by Alan Bignell.  The stories, some of them already centuries old, are given new life in this book, which makes the perfect companion for the author’s Tales of Old Kent (Countryside Books) which was first published in 1986 and is still a popular purchase in bookshops. Our Kent, though, is different in that, instead of the more familiar prose, this book tells the stories in verse form. There are 80 pages containing 70 different poems that offer an easy-read introduction to some of the most enduring and endearing examples of the exceptionally rich heritage of fact and fable that is kept alive in this favoured south-east corner of England.

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The Devil visits Kent?

The Devil took a holiday and toured all round Kent.
    He left mementos of his visits everywhere he went.
In Thanet’s Minster, where he thought he might cause quite a scandal,
    An angel foiled his efforts to blow out St Mildred’s candle.
In Newington he stole the bells and left his footprint where
    He jumped down from the tower on the day that he was there.
In Shorne folk still recall how he was treated by a doc.
    From whom he got the boot and also something of a shock.
He foiled a baker’s brave attempt to count the Countless Stones
    And left their number still as one of our Kent’s great unknowns.
The Devil’s Kneading Trough at Wye’s still here, and clearly shows
    That Old Nick came to Kent. But when? The Devil only knows!