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190) Jeff Hicks  Male
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Tuesday, 16 April 2019 09:37

(190) Hi Just wondered if you knew about Baronet Alfred Mellor Watkin? He lived where I live now in Cheriton Gardens and dug the first Channel Tunnel attempt in around 1860.
He's buried in the graveyard opposite Morrisons. The entrance to the Channel tunnel is boarded up but it's on the Warren.
Jeff

Paul Seward Wednesday, 24 April 2019 03:14
Indeed! He has his own road leading off Pavilion Road. The reason is that the land was originally a smallholding known as Pavilion Gardens, owned by the directors of the Pavilion Hotel. The smallholding supplied the hotel. When the land was developed the roads were named after the directors, Watkin, Bonsor, Edward et al.

Christine - site owner Tuesday, 28 May 2019 06:41
I learned something today! Thank you very much Jeff and Paul. Thanks also for showing us the grave Jeff
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