Bunce Court School Private School
|status||Village and Civil Parish|
|population||162 (as of 2011)|
|District||Borough of Maidstone|
|Constituency||Faversham and Mid Kent|
Otterden is a small village and civil parish in Kent in south east England . Postally, Otterden is part of Faversham parish and is located in the Kent Downs , a reserve of outstanding natural beauty .
Otterden is mentioned in the Domesday Book written in 1086 . At that time it already belonged to Kent and was counted among the lands of Adam Fitz Hubert. That (also spelled FitzHubert) was a retainer of Odo of Bayeux , the Bishop of Bayeux and Earl of Kent .
Otterden has an important place in the history of science: Stephen Gray and Granville Wheler carried out electrostatic experiments here in 1729 , which showed that electricity can be transported over long distances.
From 1933 to 1940 and then again from 1946 to 1948, Otterden was the seat of the Bunce Court School founded by Anna Essinger , a school in exile that emerged from the Herrlingen school home . The property was used for military purposes during the Second World War.
The property used by the school includes the main house of Bunce Court from 1547, which was built by a Bunce family. () The front of the building was renovated in the 18th century in a contemporary style. Two wings were added in 1896 and 1910.
In the 1960s, Bunce Court was a retirement home before the main house was sold and divided into four separate units in the early 1980s. In the mid-1990s, the remaining land was parceled out and five houses were built on. This part became known as "Pollards". Then the "Bunce Court Barn", the barn between the main house and the "Pollards", was modernized and converted into a residence.
Since 1984 the main house, "Bunce Court Barn" and some other buildings on the site have been listed in "The National Heritage List for England".
- Otterden in The Domesday Book Online
- Robin Fleming: Domesday Book and the Law: Society and Legal Custom in Early Medieval England , Google-Book, p. 186
- DH Clark & L. Murdin: The enigma of Stephen Gray astronomer and scientist (1666-1736) , in: Vistas in Astronomy 23, 351-404 (1979)
- Anna Essinger and the New Herrlingen School
- Short History of Bunce Court, Otterden ( Memento of the original from August 22, 2017 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link has been inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.
- The Story of Bunce Court
- Bunce Court in "The National Heritage List for England"