The Sevenoaks Historical Society


The Society has published two books to date: David Killingray, ed., Sevenoaks People and Faith: Two Thousand Years of Religious Belief and Practice (Chichester, 2004) and more recently, David Killingray and Elizabeth Purves, eds., Sevenoaks: an Historical Dictionary (Andover 2012). 

Sevenoaks: an Historical Dictionary
This full-colour, lavishly illustrated book was produced with the support of The Sevenoaks Society.  Its 232 pages contain a wealth of information from over 100 contributors covering people, places, organisations and themes.

The book sold out within a year of publication and is now available online to everybody.

Now available as a free pdf download

Click here to download the book.

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Images of Sevenoaks (Click to enlarge an image)

Upper High Street
St Nicholas church and the Chantry


Sevenoaks School
Conservation areas  

Town centre surveys

One of the Sevenoaks Society’s aims is to maintain a record of the most significant areas and buildings in the town, documenting their evolution and providing information about their architecture, history and use. Accordingly, various surveys have been undertaken, so far concentrating on the town centre.

Town Centre Surveys

The process began in the 1980s. The first survey dealt with the modern commercial centre of the town in the High Street and London Road, from the Fountain at the south to Pembroke Road in the north.

The second phase, based on photographs taken by John Kay in 1997, extended the coverage to include the Shambles and also updated some of the data and photographs where properties had changed hands and fascias had been altered.

The third survey included the historic buildings in the Upper High Street from Park Grange to The Red House, using a fresh set of photographs taken by Russell Harper. This survey followed concern over the damage caused by HGV’s and the Society’s campaign started in 2009 to have them banned from the Upper High Street.

Data drawn from all phases of the survey is accessible from this web-page, with the relevant dates.