Stone castle

IMG_0014A day as far away as can be from all work today. I accompanied my mother on a visit back for the first time to the place where she was born.

Not a home or hospital birth but a castle birth. Stone Castle is where my great grandfather was working at the time. In Northern Kent, Norman in origin, it lies within sight of the Thames and now on the cliff edge of the quarry that has become Bluewater Shopping Centre. It was on my visit there a couple of weeks ago to launch a consumer rights campaign that one of the staff mentioned Stone Castle and it rang in my head until, talking to my mother, we could put two and two together.

It was a moving day – a day that could have been a WG Sebald novel… full of memories, the shadows of family now gone, a day for sharing.

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