The historic village of Higham is located between Gravesend and Rochester in Kent and is notable for a number of reasons.
Local Celebrity No. 1
One of the highlights on a visit to Higham is undoubtedly the Church of St Mary, which was the original parish church and is now being managed by the Churches Conservation Trust. Although no longer used for worship, the church is open to the public every day of the week and boasts some wonderful medieval woodwork and carvings as well as one of the oldest pulpits in Kent, dating back to the 14th century, when Higham still had a priory dedicated to St Mary, which originally stood on land that had been granted to King Stephen’s daughter Mary.
Local Celebrity No. 2
The other highlight for visitors is the Larkin Memorial, which was erected in 1835 to commemorate Charles Larkin (1775 – 1833), who was an auctioneer from Rochester and a promoter of parliamentary reforms. It is thanks to Charles Larkin’s efforts that eventually every householder with a property worth more than £10 annual rental value got the right to vote.
Local Celebrity No. 3
Another reformer of sorts, none other than Charles Dickens himself, is forever linked with Higham, as Gad’s Hill in Higham was once his family home. The famous writer purchased the Gad’s Hill property in 1856 and lived there until his death in 1870. His former home is now a private school.
The village is surrounded by marshland, which featured prominently in Dickens’ novel “Great Expectations” and has attracted tourists ever since, who follow the walking trails and imagine themselves in Pip’s footsteps. The marshes and wetland habitat around Higham is teaming with wildfowl and wonderful plants.
Trouble on the Trains
For commuters who regularly use the North Kent Line from Higham Station, it is not the marshes that pose a threat, it is the natural landscape, which features a great deal of chalk instead of soil. In 2004, a series of roof falls in a chalk tunnel along the North Kent railway line forced the authorities to close the tunnel until the necessary repairs could be carried out. The closure caused weeks of misery for commuters, who admit when asked, that safety must come first but grumbled nonetheless at the time.
What could be more frightening than being on a train that travels through a tunnel at speed, when suddenly parts of the roof collapse? If you were the victim of an accident involving public transport operators’ negligence, you can make an accident injury claim in Higham and expect to be compensated for your pain and suffering.
Where can you make an accident injury claim in Higham?
Simply call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 and speak to an advisor, who can allocate your accident injury claim in Higham to one of our in-house lawyers. We work on a no-win, no-fee basis, which allow claimants to start their claims without having to pay anything upfront for legal fees. If you want to make an accident injury claim in Higham, call us today.
Date Published: 2nd October 2013