Kent Archaeological Review extract
 

Schools Visit Fortified Manor House at Walmer.
by Rose Weston.

As many of our readers will know, the Norman fortified manor house at Walmer. near Deal was the subject of a major programme of conservation by the Kent Archaeological Rescue Unit earlier this summer. Under the supervision of Edna Mynott and John Gaunt of Deal, the impressive walls of the ancient structure gradually emerged from the tangle of nettles and brambles which had concealed the building and moat for a number of years. By the end of July with the massive undertaking largely completed. the site was opened to the public and members and helpers of the Unit were able to give guided tours to the many people who visited the site. The high walls and in- teresting history appealed enormously to children and a good guided tour would draw all sorts of questions and comments from a young audience. One particular party from Astor County Primary School of Dover was encouraged to write letters of thanks to Mr John Gaunt who had been their guide for the day and a selection of their letters appear below.

Dear Mr Gaunt, Thank you very much for showing us round the Manor House at Walmer. We all enjoyed the visit very much. The thing I found most interesting was the bit of wall with the wood because it had not rotted away all these years. Julie Turk.
Dear Mr Gaunt, Thank you very much for showing us round the Manor House at Walmer. We all enjoyed the visit very much. The thing I found most interesting was the spiral staircase because it was still a round shape although it only had three steps but I still liked it best. Sandra Powell.
Dear Mr Gaunt, Thank you very much for being our guide round the ruins of Walmer Manor House. We thought it was very interesting but I would have enjoyed it more if the weather conditions had been better. The thing that I liked was the spiral staircase and lining on the stones. I thought that was very interesting. Before we went to see the Manor House, we had a short film on Norman castles and wrote something about them. We made a plan of the Walmer Manor House. Now we under- stand much more about Norman life. Thank you once more for showing us around and giving us a lecture of Walmer Manor House. Jayne Pritchard.
Dear Mr Gaunt, Thank you very much for showing us round the Manor House at Walmer. We all enjoyed the visit very much. The thing I found most interesting was the ditch because it was full of interesting things like the things you found in it. Donna Malpass.
Dear Mr Gaunt, Thank you very much for showing us round the Manor House at Walmer. We all enjoyed the visit very much. The thing I found most interesting was the walls. It was how the walls were made. The flint was cemented together and it was set out nicely. Rylie Berry.
Dear Mr Gaunt, Thank you for showing us round the Norman Ruins and the church. I liked the Spiral staircase. I wish all the Norman castle was there and then you could fill the moat and make it like it was hundreds of years ago. Martin Reeves.
Dear Mr Gaunt, Thank you very much for showing us around the Manor House We all found the place very interesting and we know something about the Normans. The best thing I liked was the hole in the wall it was very good. Wayne Rowland.
 
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