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@

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.


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.