Welcome to the website of the Plaxtol Local History Group

Following his excellent talk on Stained Glass in Kent on 14 February, Sir Paul Britton has kindly provided the following handout with details of some interesting stained glass around Tonbridge: Stained glass around Tonbridge 

Please feel free to print out a copy - and enjoy exploring!



Tuesday 11 April, 8pm - THE STORY OF SMARDEN - A WEALDEN WEAVING VILLAGE, a talk by Alex Ferris - see below for details of our summer Outing to Smarden on 23 August

Tuesday 9 May, 8pm - ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING, followed by EMIGRATION FROM KENT IN THE 19TH CENTURY,  a talk by Gillian Rickard



Tuesday 16 May (the date may change if Chevening is required for official use on 16 May), 2 pm to 4 30pm - GUIDED TOUR OF CHEVENING HOUSE, NEAR SEVENOAKS, FOLLOWED BY TEA IN THE DRAWING ROOM AT 4PM

All 25 places on this tour have been taken. We are very sorry that not everyone is able to come. A small number of members are on the waiting list. There has already been one cancellation, allowing the first person on the waiting list to take up that place. Others on that list will be notified if places become available.

Wednesday 23 August, 2 15 pm

GUIDED TOUR OF THE BEAUTIFUL ANCIENT VILLAGE OF SMARDEN AND ITS 800 YEAR OLD CHURCH on Wednesday 23 August at 2 15 pm. The cost is £8 per person, including refreshments, to be paid with booking. Booking forms will be available at our meetings, so please bring cash or your cheque book if you wish to book for this outing.

The rest of our 2017 programme of talks and visits  

You can buy our latest booklets for only £6 each (post & packing £1.75 extra, if posted) - see Books etc.

       - Plaxtol at War, I remember (published November 2014) and

       - Plaxtol at War (published May 2014)

FIND YOUR PLAXTOL ANCESTORS, OR WHO LIVED IN YOUR PLAXTOL HOUSE - you can buy our searchable CDs with details of all the thousands of entries:

       - of baptisms, marriages and burials in Plaxtol Parish Registers from 1648 to 1931 or 

       - in the 10-yearly Plaxtol Censuses from 1841 to 1911 (1911 added March 2013).

For more details, please see Books etc.

YOU CAN BUY our very popular booklets on various aspects of the history of Victorian Plaxtol:

       - Houses and Households of Victorian Plaxtol by Haydn Puleston Jones

       - Mill Life in Victorian Plaxtol by Vanessa Dussek

       - School Life in Victorian Plaxtol by Tom Hogg

       - Beerhouses and Inns of Victorian Plaxtol by Haydn Puleston Jones and

       - Church Life in Victorian Plaxtol by Haydn Puleston Jones

Apart from the larger Houses and Households (which costs £6), each booklet costs only £5. Post & packing is £1.75 extra, if posted. For more details of these booklets and our other publications and merchandise, please see Books etc.

PLAXTOL LOCAL HISTORY GROUP aims to help us all to understand and enjoy aspects of our village and parish history and that of the surrounding areas - from the houses and architecture to the people, their livelihoods and the landscape.We do this through our talks, visits, special projects, publications and occasional exhibitions.

Each year we have a programme of monthly talks in Plaxtol Memorial Hall - when members and non-members are welcome (see our 2017 programme) - plus visits to places of interest. Talks naturally focus on the history of this area and examples of subjects recently covered include: 

The Story of Knole & the Sackvilles, Old Firms of Maidstone, Ightham Past & Present, The Renaissance Garden in Kent, Plaxtol Houses, Oldbury Hill & Ancient Trackways, Sevenoaks Villages

Regular talks are only one aspect of our commitment to local history. The Group is actively involved in projects: such as transcribing onto databases and two CDs of the original Plaxtol census reports from 1841 to 1911 and of Plaxtol Parish Registers of baptisms, marriages and burials from 1648 to 1931. 

Occasionally, we stage exhibitions, such as our very successful Plaxtol at War exhibition on 3 and 4 May 2014, attended by 744 visitors, some from as far afield as Cornwall and Yorkshire.

We also aim to spread the knowledge of Plaxtol's fascinating past by researching its history and publishing the results in books and booklets, such as our series of five publications on various aspects of Plaxtol's history in Victorian times. For details of our publications and how to buy them, see Books etc. For our publications and exhibitions, we are able to use the significant resources of our archive of documents, photos and artefacts.

We encourage an interest in history among students at Plaxtol Primary School by awarding the annual Rosemary Foster history prize for the best history student chosen by the school.

We are a friendly lot. Do join us - you could find our activities as stimulating as we do.

Haydn Puleston Jones, Chairman 

Plaxtol Local History Group is a registered charity (Registered Number 294317).                #Top