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Another Subsidence in West Kent.
Yet another subsidence has occurred in West Kent, this time at Belvedere. As usual the event was both sudden and inconvenient and it removed a fence, wheel-barrow and an assortment of plants from the back-garden of a house in Bedonwell Road. The house-holder was having breakfast at the time when a hissing noise caused him to look up and see his garden disappear from sight.
The main investigators of the event were the Daily Mail, who boldly reported a depth of 100 feet; the local Council who decided that it was a dene hole; Mr J E L Caiger and myself. In actual fact the subsidence was 35 feet deep, about 30 feet wide and revealed a shaft cut though Thanet Sand. No chambers were visible though these may have existed at a greater depth. The face of the shaft bore clear tooling-marks and down one side was a vertical band of brown clay about 18 inches wide.
Mr Caiger feels certain that the shaft is not a denehole and suggests that it formed part of an 18th century chalk-well. An old farmhouse and part of an orchard are nearby and Mr Caiger's son found a clay pipe-bowl dated to about 1760 on the site. The 1870-5 O.S. map (surveyed 1862-66) records Bedon Well Road, but no well or shaft is marked. The subsidence has since been filled in!