A History of YALDING, Kent, England

Angling is a pastime that reaches over the centuries, to lure the same set of fins out from the reeds and into the keep net. The medieval peasants were only allowed to catch the smaller victims for their plates, but now the keen anglers come from a wide area to test the local waters, and return with perch, chub, bream, and sometimes the angry pike. There is good fishing on all our rivers, but there are only limited stretches of the Medway available to non fishing-club members. A few decades ago most of our 72 acres of water, were open to anglers especially local residents.
Thus prior to angling societies buying the rights to fish certain stretches of river, and in some cases fencing access off, the lads of the village had almost freedom to fish anywhere, with permission in some cases. Between the two World Wars there was an active village club, mainly organised by its secretary Bert Humphrey. Bert was the local hairdresser who had moved his business from the wooden shops in front of Randall's Cottages, to Oak Cottage next to the Bull Inn. A notice in his shop advertised club activities, which were mainly held on the lower reaches of the River Beult from the village into Hunton, and in particular at the mill pond next to Cheveney Institute, overseen by Charlie Beech, farm bailiff to the Borton family.