Sandwich Local History Society – May Talk

The Spring programme of lectures presented by Sandwich Local History Society after Easter gets underway on Thursday 11th April.

Dr John Bulaitis (Senior Lecturer in Modern European History at Canterbury Christ Church University) will talk about a colourful former Mayor of Sandwich, George Christopher Solley – ‘the respectable fascist’, remembered for his outspoken opinions on the matters and events of his day, some which did him and his family great credit, and some which did not.

Belonging to the centuries-old Solley dynasty, George was born in Ash on St Bartholomew’s Day (24th August) 1869, educated in Sandwich, and farmed in Richborough, before being elected to Sandwich Town Council in 1909. Serving as mayor in the years immediately following WWI, Alderman Solley went on to become one of the most prominent figures in Sandwich political and cultural life during the inter-war years, before signing up to Oswald Mosley’s British Union of Fascists in 1934.


The final lecture in Sandwich Local History Society’s 2023/24 ‘season’ will be on Thursday 16th May.

The highly respected and ever-popular Imogen Corrigan will speak on: ‘Women of influence during the First Millennium’, exploring how women played an important part in early Medieval Christendom, featuring some who proved highly influential during this period of Kentish history.

A former army officer, Imogen brings an historian’s eye to the myth that women only came into their own during the 20th Century, when evidence suggests they were making their presence known in much earlier times, not least in Anglo-Saxon England when they were frequently the power behind the throne.

As Major Corrigan puts it: “… these women had a voice, sometimes ruling those who ruled with surprising authority: down-trodden and marriage chattels they were not!”


Non-members are very welcome to attend both talks, which will be held in The Jury Room at Sandwich Guildhall starting promptly at 7:30pm – just £2 at the door.

Chris Day

Sandwich Local History Society

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