|Canterbury Cathedral seen |
from Duke's Meadow
|The 1945 OS map showing the|
Canterbury & Whitstable Rly.
Then on to the Crab & Winkle Way which is the old trackbed of the first fully steam hauled passenger railway in the world, which opened in 1830 between the port of Whitstable and the city of Canterbury.
When we arrived at the Winding Pond, I told them the truth. It seemed only fair. Although the line was the first fully steam hauled passenger railway in the world and the Stephensons, (George and Robert) built the locomotive Invicta to haul the trains, it was not powerful enough to get them up the hill out of Whitstable so a stationary steam engine was installed in Clowes Wood and provided with a long cable with which it hauled the trains up the slope. The Winding Pond was dug to provide water for the boiler of the engine.
|Katrin and Lisa at the Winding Pond in Clowes Wood.|
Thank Goodness foreigners speak English.
I could never have explained all that in Flemish.