Quite by chance is the discovery of Author and Poet Richard Church C.B.E. (b.1932-1972)who lived with his second wife Katherina, here in Curtisden Green. He is responsible for renovating his Oast House situated at the far end of Curtisden Green of which photographs can be found on the internet.
One book he wrote entitled “A History of Kent” contains a chapter dedicated to Goudhurst and its famous families, historic houses, gardens, the panoramic views and much more. He clearly loved the countryside here. He writes also about the many hours he spent at the Tower of Goudhurst Church whilst in the Home Guard during the war.
When his wife Katherina died in 1965 he moved to The Old Stable at Scotney Castle and was near his friend and literary colleague Christopher Hussey of Scotney Castle.
He subsequently remarried and left Scotney to live at The Priest’s House at Sissinghurst Castle where in 1972 he died suddenly having left many legacies in his books and poems.28th February 2016 Read the full post