KEMSING HERITAGE CENTRE
Registered Charity No.1099289
St Edith Hall, High Street, Kemsing, Kent TN15 6NA
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.
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 2016 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
How to find us
Programme of Events
AGM 13th February 2016 St Edith Hall 2.30pm
The Heritage Centre will be presenting a number of talks during 2016 at St Edith Hall.
Talks: 7.30pm Members Free - Non Members £2.50 unless specified
|29th January||Royal Visits to Kent||Colin Breed|
30 Years of Bovver on the Hover
Capt Brian Laverick-Smith
|18th March||Chaucer's Canterbury Tales||Geoff Doel|
Cobham, an Armchair Guide
|27th May||Tonbridge, Growth of a Market Town||Patricia Mortlock||
|24th June||Potholes, Pigs and Paradise||
|29th July||Chalk Mining in Kent||Rod LeGear|
|30th September||John (Mad Jack) Fuller and his Follies||Geoff Hutchinson|
|28th October||The Hidden Cathedral||Douglas Chapman|
|18th November||Edith Cavell||Paul Rasen|
|27th January||T B A|
V.A.D. Hospital 1914-18 Patients Staff Photographs
War Memorial: details of the names on the memorial.
Kemsing Parish Registers Name Index
Kemsing Parish Registers Baptisms
Kemsing Parish Registers Marriages
Kemsing Parish Registers Burials (coming soon)
Kemsing Strays 1881: people born in Kemsing but living elsewhere at the time of the 1881 Census.
Kemsing Residents 1939
Kemsing Archive Project
For further information please Contact us.
Kemsing Parish Council & St Edith Hall
Kemsing Primary School
© Kemsing Heritage Centre Association 2016
This site is maintained for Kemsing Heritage Centre by Jane Bowden