The Sevenoaks Historical Society

 
Programme of events 2017

Admission to talks is free to Members: annual membership fee is £10.

Non-members are very welcome at meetings for a fee of £3.

To join the Historical Society please contact the Membership Secretary on
07761 212151 or membership@
sevenoakshistory.org.uk

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.
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Talks are held in the Undercroft, St Nicholas Church, Sevenoaks  TN13 1JA, at 8pm. There is ample free parking at the rear of the church.
           
Programme for 2017

20 April:       
Melody Foreman, ‘Women pilots of the Second World War.’

18 May:       
AGM.  And Dr Peter Adam (Melbourne): ‘John Donne (1572-1631), poet, preacher and Rector of Sevenoaks.’

22 June:
Jonathan Fenner: ‘A celebration of Kent’s architecture.’

20 July:
Douglas Wade and David Killingray:  ‘Recalling the past.’      

21 September:
Dr Mark Ballard: ‘New light on the Austens of Sevenoaks.’ 

26 October: Annual Gardiner lecture. 
Prof John Coffey (University of Leicester): ‘The Reformation and British Values: Protestantism and Liberty revisited.’

23 November:   
Prof David Killingray: ‘Radical voices in Sevenoaks since the 18th century.’

15 February 2018:
Alan Williams: ‘“Fit for Purpose" - the history of the London Underground.’

 
 

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.