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Latitude: 51.0653 / 51°3'55"N
Longitude: 0.8886 / 0°53'19"E
OS Eastings: 602493
OS Northings: 133524
OS Grid: TR024335
Mapcode National: GBR SZ6.3H1
Mapcode Global: FRA D6R9.N00
Entry Name: Monument to Ransley Family, About 10 Metres South East of Church of St Mary Magdalene
Listing Date: 10 August 1988
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1071204
English Heritage Legacy ID: 181688
Location: Ruckinge, Ashford, Kent, TN26
Civil Parish: Ruckinge
Traditional County: Kent
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Kent
TR 03 SW RUCKINGE THE CORNER
6/102 Monument to
about 10 metres
Church of St.
Monument to James and William Ransley, d.1800. Wood and iron. Simple
wooden plank supported by spear-finialled iron posts at either end and
by central iron split-post. The board may have been originally painted
with an inscription. James and William Ransley were members of the
Aldington gang, led by Cephas Quested and George Ransley, and were
hanged 1800 for smuggling offences, the local influence of the Ransleys
(born in nearby Ransley Cottage) such that they were accorded honourable
burial in the churchyard. The Aldington gang inspired the G.P.R.
James novel The Smugglers and Russel Thorndike's series of Dr. Syn
adventures. (See Waugh Smuggling in Kent and Sussex).
Listing NGR: TR0260733627
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