A History of YALDING, Kent, England



The double fronted shop that faced over the bridge, latterly Cobblestones Restaurant, now Lyngs Farm House, was catering for all village needs 100 years ago, in the hands of William Cassam Killick, grocer and draper. He was born in 1846 at Hartfield Sussex, and in 1882 with his wife Anne and new son, named after his father, moved from Tunbridge Wells to the premises here, and in the following year their daughter Annie was born.

At the turn of the nineteenth century there were five live-in employees in their house. These were Edward Pine and Hugh Creesy both from Hadlow, and William Hall from Nettlestead, all grocer’s assistants, plus Florence Batup, general domestic servant from Horsemonden, and local girl Alice Diprose as domestic cook. William Cassam junior, who also worked in the business, volunteered to be local scoutmaster because of his experience in the West Kent Yeomanry, when a troupe of 34 was launched in 1908, the following year after the national scout movement had been formed. The scouts mainly used Cheveney Institute, plus occasionally the rifle club, and he took them to a rally at Windsor where with 40,000 others were inspected by Baden Powell himself. Cass as he was known, was married in 1913, and was active in the First World War as a Quartermaster sergeant again with the W K Yeomanry.

William Cassam senior who obviously gave his name to our row of cottages along Benover Road, operated the shop from 1882 to at least 1915.