The next book was rather different; ‘Life in the workhouse the story of the Milton union’, came out in 2005 and describes the harsh dealings with the poor in the workhouse which stood in Milton Regis and which housed those most in need from 18 surrounding parishes. This is still available from Synjon books, via their website, www.synjonbooks.co.uk
It is also sold locally by Sittingbourne Heritage Museum, Sittingbourne library and Nickel books.
A family book which Helen edited followed in 2007. This is ‘Growing up in Edwardian London; Maude’s memories’. Maude Barker, Helen’s grandmother had hand-written her memories of growing up in a comfortable working-class family in south London before the First World War for her grandchildren. This too is still available.
‘Farewell to Kent’ was published in 2008 and is the story of poor people from all over the county whose passage was paid to America, Canada, Australia or New Zealand to assist them to emigrate. It is still in print.