Early Biker Visits Dymchurch

Bikers and seaside towns are inextricably linked, one very famous biker, T.E.Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia) visited Dymchurch in 1922

Why did he choose Dymchurch….was it?

  1. To get his “fix” of sand, having been away from the desert for some time?
  2. To ride his Brough Superior SS100 motorbike along the seawall?
  3. To meet up with Paul Nash?

The answer is “1”….. only kidding, it was of course “3”.

Who would have thought, T.E Lawrence in Dymchurch? He was, however one of a long line of “celebs” who came to the village in the 1920’s. Lawrence was an admirer of Paul Nash and was the first person to buy one of the artists’ seawall paintings this was, “Coast Scene” 1922. Lawrence paid £150 for the picture, money which the hard-up artist found very welcome. Lawrence bought the painting to hang above his desk in the Colonial Office in London.

                        Lawrence on his beloved motorbike

Lawrence also commissioned Nash to contribute illustrations for his book “Pillars of Wisdom” The book was an account of his war experiences. Amazingly, Lawrence re-wrote Seven Pillars of Wisdom three times; once “blind” after he lost the manuscript while changing trains at Reading railway station. His visits to see Nash at his rented home on Hythe Road, were no doubt to check the progress of these particular works.

Tragically, Lawrences’ motorbike was to be the end of him. At the age of 46, Lawrence was fatally injured in an accident on his motorcycle in Dorset, close to his cottage, Clouds Hill, near Wareham.



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