The Sevenoaks Historical Society

Programme March 2019 to November 2019

Meetings start at 8.00 pm on Thursdays
in the Undercroft, St Nicholas Church, Sevenoaks.

Ample free parking at rear of the church

Registered Charity
No. 1078696


Lime Tree Walk: a watercolour by Roger FitzGerald. In his Recollections, published in a revised edition in 2003, Thomas Jackson recalled:
‘My father’s interest in workmen’s dwellings, which I fully shared, now led us to break new ground in Sevenoaks.



21 February       

Dr Iain Taylor, ‘The Sevenoaks Savings Bank fraud, 1888’.


28 March

Prof David Killingray, ‘When did the First World War end?’


25 April

Dr Susan Pittman, ‘Elizabethan and Jacobean deer parks in Kent’.


23 May

John Siblon, ‘Race, rank and commemoration of non-European soldiers in Britain after the First World War.’


27 June  

Lord Avebury, ‘The Lubbocks of Kent’.


25 July

Prof Philip Stott, ‘Ightham Mote in the Golden Age: painters, passions, and medievalism’.


26 September

Dr Gillian Draper, ‘Jack Cade and the Battle of Solefields’.


24 October   Annual Gardiner Lecture

Prof John Beckett, ‘The war behind the Lines: one hundred years on from the First World War’.


28 November

Prof David Bates, ‘William the Conqueror in perspective’.




Six Bells Lane: Originally known as Parsonage Lane this pretty, winding, cobbled lane descends steeply from the upper High Street to meet Rectory Lane. Its 17 houses are mostly 18th-century and Grade II Listed, and many of them have typical Kentish weatherboarding. There is a courtyard behind numbers 1 and 2 which used to belong to a bakery; a pump in the courtyard was in use at the bottom of the lane until piped water reached Sevenoaks. On the east side of the courtyard there is a very good example of a cat-slide roof with dormers which were intended to lighten the roof space underneath.