The Sevenoaks Historical Society

Programme March 2018 to November 2018

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.



22 March       
Dr Iain Taylor, ‘Sevenoaks - cradle of the Swing riots 1830-31’.

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

24 May
Mike Bolton, ‘A school transformed: Sevenoaks School 1898-2002.’

21 June
Chris Rowley, ‘Local history in Leigh.’

19 July
James Dickinson, ‘Edward III: the first part of the One Hundred Years’ War.’

20 September
Mary Smith, ‘A schoolgirl’s war.’

18 October
Annual Gardiner lecture. 
Professor Sally Alexander, ‘A woman’s place: feminism after the vote.’

22 November   
Brigadier Hugh Willing, ‘1066: the battle of Hastings – mired in controversy.’



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.