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Pratts Bottom laid bare

PUBLISHED: 15:41 11 November 2009 | UPDATED: 09:43 12 August 2010

INSIGHT: Author Sue Short with her new book about the village.

INSIGHT: Author Sue Short with her new book about the village.

AN AUTHOR will be talking about her book which delves into the history of an unusually-named village. Sue Short, 63, will be at Coolings Garden Centre, in Rushmore Hill, Pratts Bottom, on December 4 at 10am to take questions about Pratts Bottom: A Journ

CENTREPIECE: Sub postmistress Miss Bird.

AN AUTHOR will be talking about her book which delves into the history of an unusually-named village.

Sue Short, 63, will be at Coolings Garden Centre, in Rushmore Hill, Pratts Bottom, on December 4 at 10am to take questions about Pratts Bottom: A Journey Through Life.

The book, written on behalf of the Pratts Bottom Residents' Association, includes meticulous research on the history of the village and the surrounding area.

Residents were encouraged to recall childhood memories and many have contributed by supplying anecdotes and photographs.

Mrs Short said: "Famous people have often made fun about the name, but the truth is that Pratts Bottom is such a wonderful place and so much has happened here.

"For such a small village, there is an amazing amount of stuff. It just shows, that once you start out, you don't know what you'll find.

"I found out that the Bull's Head Inn dates back to Elizabethan times.

"The land my cottage is on was owned by the Earl of Derby.

"Writing the book, which took four years, has given me a lot of confidence. I have realised I can do this.

"I was inspired by a postcard I found of my cottage and I tried to find out more. And it turned into finding out more about the village.

"It took four years to write.

"I had 300 copies printed and they have all sold out. I think I will probably get more printed."

The retired primary school teacher fell in love with the village after moving to neighbouring Knockholt with her husband John Short back in the 1980s.

Years later they bought a derelict cottage in Hookwood Road, Pratts Bottom and set about building a new home on the site.

The project was completed in 1992, but tragedy struck when she lost her partner after he was knocked down whilst cycling home from Knockholt station, just a year after they moved into the new house.

Her book, which she said helped her to come to terms with her partner's death, is dedicated to him.

Last year, Mrs Short suffered a heart attack and all monies raised from the forthcoming talk will be donated to the British Heart Foundation.

Copies are also available to loan from Bromley libraries.

Tickets for the talk cost £3 which have to be obtained from the garden centre in advance. Contact 01959 532269 to book a ticket.

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