The Sevenoaks Historical Society

Programme February 2020 to November 2020

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.



20 February       

Derek Medhurst, Early photographers in Sevenoaks.


26 March

Prof. David Killingray, Chance encounters: a Kent Methodist farmer, Cape Malay pilgrims, and an
imperial queen, 1891.


23 April

Jennifer Godfrey, Suffrage ‘spade work’ in the Garden of England.


28 May

Dr Ben Marsh, The quest to make British silk in Kent and beyond.


25 June  

Dr Elizabeth Blanning, A new look at Roman Kent.


23 July

Michael Smith, Sir Ernest Shackleton – the man and the myths.


17 September

Nathalie Cohen, Knole revealed: archaeology and discovery at a great country house.


22 October   Annual Gardiner Lecture

Prof. Bernard Barker, Social mobility: education policy and practice in England, 1965-2020.


26 November

Victor Burness, The Edwardian internet delivered by Sevenoaks postcard.


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.