KEMSING HERITAGE CENTRE

Registered Charity No.1099289

St Edith Hall, High Street, Kemsing, Kent TN15 6NA

 

 

Kemsing from the South

Kemsing village from the south

 

 

Kemsing is situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty at the foot of the North Downs in the County of Kent. There are footpaths to the Kemsing Nature Reserve and the North Downs Way, with far reaching panoramic views.

 

 

A winter view from the top of Green Hill looking westwards

 

The village centres round a well, dedicated to St. Edith the daughter of King Edgar. She was born in Kemsing AD961. The parish church of St. Mary the Virgin has Saxon origins and there are many listed buildings in the village.

 

 

 

NEW ARCHIVE CENTRE

 

The Archive Centre, situated at the rear of St Edith Hall, is now finished and was officially opened by Eliza Ecclestone on 23rd October 2010. Over 200 members of the Association and invited guests attended.

 

The centre is open on Monday afternoon (not Bank Holidays) 2.00pm - 4.30pm

It is also open on the first Saturday of the month 10am - 12noon. Otherwise by appointment.

 

Archive

 

The Heritage Centre has an extensive archive of material relating to the history of Kemsing and its inhabitants, a large proportion of which was donated by the late Vic Bowden, a local historian and author of The Story of Kemsing in Kent. This material is the result of many years work and a valuable resource that can be used for family history and other research.

We also have a large photographic archive which has  been digitised with the help of a team of volunteers and a grant from Awards for All. The photographic archive can be viewed in the Library and at the Centre.  A very small selection of images can be seen in the Gallery.

 

During 2014 there will be a series of displays at Kemsing Library, Dippers Close, Kemsing TN15 6QD

 

 

The Heritage Centre Association has established a small fund which is available to provide grants to any person or group carrying out research on a voluntary basis. For further details please click here

 

 

 

Map

How to find us

 

Programme of Events

 

AGM    15th February 2014   St Edith Hall    2.30pm

 

The Heritage Centre will be presenting a number of talks and events during 2014/15 at St Edith Hall.

 

Talks: 7.30pm Members Free - Non Members  2.50 unless specified

 

10th January Discovery Evening.  

7th February

The Lyle Family of "Treacle Towers"  and Sugar.

Colin Lyle

 

7th March Pilgrims Way, Kent Douglas Chapman

4th April

Biggin on the Bump

Bob Ogley
9th May Curiosities of the City of London part 2 Stuart Robinson

6th June History of Kentish Seaside Resorts

Dr Anne Kneif

1st August Lest We Forget Janet Eaton
5th September Medway Tales on a Dividing River Wilf Lower
3rd October Tonbridge - Growth of a Market Town Pat Mortlock
2015

6th January

Knockholt's WW2 Secrets Paul Rason

 

 

Walks

Start from the Village Hall car park - 2.00 pm.   2.00      Children free

 

29th June              Reptile Walk

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For further details email us or phone Erica Cole 01732761772

 

 

1st April    Oldbury  Hill Fort     A guided walk (21/2) hrs   10.00 am    5 per head

 

Meet at the Styant's Bottom Road KCC Car Park. Some of the walk is challenging so boots and sticks or poles are needed. To book a place please contact David Williams redcourt@dsl.pipex.com

 

         

Gallery

V.A.D. Hospital 1914-18  Patients  Staff  Photographs

War Memorial: details of the names on the memorial.

Kemsing Strays 1881: people born in Kemsing but living elsewhere at the time of the 1881 Census.

Kemsing Residents 1939 New!!

Kemsing Archive Project

Past Events and Displays

Publications

 

For further information please Contact us.

 

Kemsing Links

Kemsing Singers

Kemsing Post Office

Kemsing Parish Council & St Edith Hall

Kemsing Primary School

 

 

 

Kemsing Heritage Centre Association 2014

This site is maintained for Kemsing Heritage Centre by Jane Bowden