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Map by Monica Edwards

Monica Edwards was an author who lived in the Old Vicarage and based many of her stories in and around Rye (Westling) Harbour. This map is inside the front cover of "Strangers to the marsh" first published in 1957. Do any of the characters relate to real people?
Picture Added on 17 March 2006.


Yes the characters DO relate to real characters!!! I am at the moment researching a biography of Monica Edwards and in late June this year my Monica Edwards Romney Marsh Companion is being published by GGBP. Ask in the Martello Bookshop in Rye for it.
Added by Brian Parks on 04 April 2006.
Charlie Cutting and Crusty Crampton together became the curmudgeonly old ferryman Jim Decks. Bert Hedgler was transformed into the eternal bachelor Fred Downing. The Saunders family became the Deeproses. 'Paraffin' Jo Martin and his 'Silver Bullet' motorcycle became Onion Ed and, most importantly, Monica's father - the Revd Harry Newton - became The Revd Richard Grey. All the books are currently being republished.
Added by Brian Parks on 05 April 2006.
I've heard that Monica was dating Charlie Southerden at the time of the disaster. I have found no evidence of this though, but have read it is contained in letters. I was wondering if there are any copies of these letters. I have a picture of Nell Southerden and Lucy Southerden(Charlie's sisters) with supposedly Charlie's girlfriend at the funeral. Has anyone a photo of Monica at around 1928 or of her and Charlie together??


Added by Rebecca Coleman (Charlie's great niece) on 22 December 2015.

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