Housebuilder helps preserve Marden’s Heritage

A computer and a cash boost from Redrow will help researchers as they explore their family’s historical links to Marden.

The homebuilder made the gift to Marden History Group by way of thanks for their assistance in charting details of local people, after whom the roads at the Highwood Green development have been named.

The history group, based at the Heritage Centre in Marden Library, is open four days a week, staffed by volunteers.

The group has a comprehensive archive on family history, plus an impressive array of images documenting life in an agricultural village in the Weald.

Visitors to the centre will be able to enjoy increased access to the archives following the donation by Redrow of a computer plus funds to cover printing costs of a new booklet.

Eunice Doswell, from Marden History Group, explained:

“We only had one computer for visitors to use for in-depth family history research and so access to another computer will help to support us in giving the best visitor experience that we can.

“Many books have been written by members – the latest one details all the people who have had roads named after them at Highwood Green Estate and the donation from Redrow will help cover printing costs. We much appreciate the effort and support that Redrow has made towards the historical heart of our lovely village of Marden.”

Highwood Green itself gives a nod to the past as the development is named after local First World War hero, Captain Sidney Highwood.

Rachael Baillie, sales director for Redrow Homes (South East), said:

“It’s important that when we’re building new homes we also help preserve the history of a neighbourhood and so we were happy to be able to support Marden History Group. The booklet that members have produced will enable future residents of Highwood Green understand the history of the area.”