Books about Kentish History

As the gateway to Europe - or from Europe to the UK, depending on your perspective - Kent is a county full of fascinating history. We have published several books looking into different facets of this 'Garden of England' throughout the ages.


Margate

Margate was once a bustling resort for daytrippers from London - indeed some say it is destined to achieve this again. With prosperity often comes a seedy underbelly, and two books look at this from alternative angles: one giving great detail into the police force and their 'clients', the other a lavishly illustrated humorous fable about the perils of a trip down from London...

Watch and Ward

A History of Margate Borough Police 1858 to 1943

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Misadventures at Margate

a.k.a. A Legend of Jarvis's Jetty

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Hoodening

Hoodening is an old custom unique to East Kent, indeed almost unique to the village where Ozaru Books is based, St Nicholas-at-Wade. The classic 1909 work by Maylam is here republished with comprehensive annotations by a current Hoodener, while George Frampton's reexamination sheds light on many aspects missed by the original author.

The Hooden Horse of East Kent

by Percy Maylam: annotated edition

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Discordant Comicals

The Hooden Horse of East Kent

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Animal Guising and the Kentish Hooden Horse

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Stephen & Shirley Channing

Stephen and Shirley Channing have written three books about the history of Kent - Margate in particular - and one more general one expanding on the theme of cycling's origins.

Turner's Margate Through Contemporary Eyes

The Viney Letters

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The Margate Tales

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A Victorian Cyclist

Rambling through Kent in 1886

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Bicycle Beginnings

The Advent of the Bicycle or Velocipedeā€¦ and what people of the 19th century were really saying about it

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Curling Wisps & Whispers of History

Family histories can be dull for those not in the family concerned... unless the family has had a history as exciting as the Curlings!

Vol. 1: Thanet to Tasmania

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Vol. 2: Kent to Kefalonia

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(Volume 3 already in preparation.)