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Sarre is a village and civil parish in Thanet District in Kent, England. The village is a part of St. Nicholas-at-Wade ecclesiastical parish, after having lost the local church of St. Giles in Elizabethan times; the ecclesiastical parishes were subsequently combined.1 In its own right Sarre is an Ancient Parish.23 It has a population of 130.4
Sarre is located at the point where the old 'Island Road' from Margate to Canterbury crossed the Wantsum Channel initially by a ferry and from the late Middle Ages by a bridge. The route of this bridge is followed by a short section of the modern A28 and is still marked on some maps as Sarre Wall.
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In July 1940 the village was turned into a model strong point by the 1st Canadian Pioneer Battalion. Within three weeks the village bristled with defences including fifteen casemates and a variety of flame traps, flame fougasses and other anti-tank devices.6
The Canadian commander Andrew McNaughton later recalled: "I turned a pioneer battalion loose to fortify Sarre in every possible way. They took ladies' boudoirs and turned them into machine-gun posts without showing anything from the outside; I'm sure they never got the concrete out. There was a big building inside the village that had a hoist for casks. The boys arranged a big barrel of petroleum, with phosphorus bombs inside, that was all poised ready to swing. When a tank came through the village and slowed to make the turn they would just pull a catch and the barrel would smack the tank fair and square and go off with a great gust of flame."nb 1
While McNaughton was inspecting the defences in August 1940, the village was attacked from the air and three bombs were dropped. A cottage was hit killing one adult and two or three children.6
The village has one public house, The Crown Inn – this being known locally as the 'Cherry Brandy House'. A special recipe of Cherry Brandy can be purchased from behind the bar. A second public house, the King's Head, recently closed and was sold privately.
The village mill (Sarre Windmill) was previously open to the public as a working windmill. Recently, the mill has closed and is not open to the public. Unless, you stay on the ground floor which is a holiday cottage for two. The mill shop is now also a holiday cottage.7 The surrounding buildings, including the Old Bakery and the Old Granary(which was origially thatched), have beed sold privately and are now sub-divided properties.
- McNaughton quoted by Swettenham.6
- A Parish History of St. Nicholas-at-Wade and Sarre, 1990
- RootsWeb: Isle-of-Thanet-L Re: [IoT] St.Peter's Thanet
- Worcester Branch, Birmingham and Midlands Society for
- Office for National Statistics : Census 2001 : Parish Headcounts : Thanet Retrieved 2009-08-30
- Swettenham 1968, p. 133.
- Hoseasons Sarre Windmill Retrieved 2012-02-27
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