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Southern Branch Of the Waterloo Association & The Shorncliffe Trust Talks.

The Programme for Saturday 18th May at The Tower Theatre, North Road, Shorncliffe, CT20 3HL

Tickets £10.00 to include tea coffee and buffet lunch. Payment will be collected on the day.

Booking essential to Paul Chamberlain email: illustrated.entertainment@ntlworld.com

The cost of the event will be £10.00 to include unlimited teas/coffees throughout the day plus buffet lunch. Payment will be collected on the day.

Books by the speakers will be on sale throughout the day.


10.00: Arrival and registration

10.30: Introduction

10.35: Smuggling – “To the King’s Deceit”

John Morewood

Smuggling was a major problem in the second half of the 18th century and was prevalent in the county of Kent. We will look at some of the most notorious cases including the smugglers who were encouraged by Napoleon Bonaparte to smuggle to France not only escaping French prisoners of war but also news of the British Government as well as golden guineas. We will ask who organised the smugglers and it may not be who you think! However, smuggling did not end with the Napoleonic wars. Although the reduction in naval manpower released skilled men to join the Excise service, it was not until the 1840s that the Crown forces gained the upper hand. We will find out why.

11.35: The Defence of Kent

Stephen Summerfield

Kent was at the forefront of Napoleon’s invasion threat, and this talk examines the preparations made to defend the county and repel the invaders. It will tell of Martello Towers, the Military Canal, and the role played by the Royal Artillery and Engineers.

12.35: Lunch. Buffet lunch will be provided.

2.15: Sir John Moore: The Man; the Soldier; and Shorncliffe.

Sue Law

This talk tells the story of Sir John Moore, from his early life and career as a soldier, to his role at Shorncliffe, his influence in the training of light infantry and formation of the light brigade, and his role in the defence of Kent and in aiding the attack on Napoleon, to his later career, and the Peninsular, culminating in his death 16 January 1809 at Corunna.

3.15: The Prison Ships of Chatham

Paul Chamberlain

The infamous prison ships, or hulks, had an ominous reputation, but was this reputation deserved? What were the conditions on board these ships? Who were the prisoners were incarcerated on board? This talk examines the Prison Ship depot in use at Chatham during the period 1794 to 1814.

4.15: End

5PM: Theatre closes