Invited by Maidstone Museum to respond to their collection, the research revealed that a branch of an extraordinary blood line dating back to 1066 in Normandy, had built the old part of the building.
A later family member was the ring leader who murdered Thomas à Becket, another generation put down the peasants revolt in northern Kent in Richard II’s reign. Linked by marriage to Henry VIII’s beheaded wives; their blood is mixed with the indigenous families of the south east of England.
And yet little documentation survives, even their coat of arms is shrouded in mystery with three muzzled bears – thought to be a pun on bare – Bar(e)ham.
2015 Chalk at Towner, Towner, Eastbourne
Members show M-Z, Arts Forum, Hastings
2014 Cabinets of Curiosity, The Museum, Maidstone