An Unusual Holiday Souvenir



Many years ago, when my children were small, I bought a chunk of land. It is land of great historical importance as it’s the land where William the Conqueror’s army first set foot on English soil. I say a chunk of land, when in fact I mean 100 square centimetres. No, don’t laugh! I own a plot of land 4″ x 4″ square and I have an overwhelming urge to put a plaque or flag on it.

It all began in 1981 when I was on a caravan holiday at Burnham-On-Sea, Somerset, with my husband and three sons. I was looking through a souvenir shop for something to take home as a reminder of the time we spent there, when I spotted it. They were selling a plot of land for only £1.00. Yes, One British pound!

At first, I didn’t know how big, or should I say tiny, the plot of land was but nevertheless, I was interested anyway.

This land was part of Anderita Park, very close to Pevensey Castle, in Sussex. The shopkeeper told me that the land had been split into tiny parcels and sold up and down the country, so no-one would know who owned the land. This meant it could never be built upon.

Well, I thought, so what if it’s not genuine? The paperwork was worth that amount of money and it was something different to show everyone at home. The documents are quite impressive. Despite the colourful official deeds, everyone laughs when I show them my souvenir. I’m thinking of getting it framed purely as a talking point.

What unusual things have you brought home from holiday? I’d love to know.


About caroleparkes

My husband calls me a butterfly because I flit from one hobby to another. Apart from being a wife for 52 years, a mother of three sons, and a grandmother, I'm also an author, genealogist, amateur artist, a lover of most needlecrafts, and occasional poet. Of the above, my most enduring interest has been writing and I hope to be doing it well into old age.
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11 Responses to An Unusual Holiday Souvenir

  1. caroleparkes says:

    I do think it’s genuine. I blocked out the plot number for safety. I suppose I could contact the land registry office to find out for sure, but I’m not that bothered. Yes, I agree it’s a fascinating history. Treasure your cushion; it will always remind you of that lovely holiday.


  2. BooksBy JJ.Hughes says:

    What a neat idea – now that is a unique holiday souvenir

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  3. That’s an awesome story – well odne you! Yes, of course, you should get it framed.

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  4. Fascinating! I’d love to own something like that!


  5. You should try to get it authenticated! It would be interesting to see if it is genuine.

    I’ve just had a week’s camping holiday in France where we went to see the Bayeux Tapestry. It’s an amazing history and the detail is stunning, from the expressions on the Normans and Saxons faces to the way they took the time to take their pants off and tuck their tunics into their pants to avoid getting wet as they wade ashore. I brought home a souvenir cushion showing the Normans in their boat. Two of them look like they’re having a discussion and another seems to be doing his mate’s hair!


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