We recently sold a lovely property on Belle Friday Close but the unusual road name is the only in the country and arose some questions…
Who was Belle Friday and why was a road named after her?
Teynham is an ancient town where Archbishops in early times would stay. King Kenulf of Mercia reigned in 794 AD – 819 AD and gave the land to Christ Church, Canterbury. It wasn’t until the early 90s that Belle Friday Close was developed.
Belle Friday was an incredible woman who helped to start Age UK in Teynham. She had a compassionate and kind heart and would spend her time caring for the elderly, taking them food in the Winter and ensuring they were safe and warm. Her work made a huge difference to the community.
The Belle Friday Centre on the A2 London road was also named after her because of her wonderful work. The Centre was used for Age UK and would hold quiz nights and activities as well as day services twice a week, dementia day services three times a week as well as hair & foot services.
In September 2019, the centre sadly closed down due to lack of funds and was auctioned. The proceeds went towards further support for Age UK.
Belle was born into the Ashdown family in Eastwood cottages, Conyer. There were 7 children. She was later married to Malcolm Friday and they had 6 boys together in their home in Batteries Close, Lyndsted.
Sadly, her and her husband have now passed away but her amazing work will never be forgotten and thanks to Belle Friday Close, her name will always live on.
You can find a photo of Belle in U9 in old labour hall in station road.
In her honour, you can sign up for volunteering or donate here: https://donate.ageuk.org.uk/public/donate.aspx?content=general
If you have any questions about the history of your property get in touch with us today on: 01795 533577