Welcome to the website of the Plaxtol Local History Group


 1 April - your annual subscription is now due - still only £7.  

1 to 22 November, during Church opening hours - WW1 ARMISTICE DISPLAY, in Plaxtol Church to mark the centenary of the Armistice that ended World War 1 on 11 November 1918. The display is in memory of Plaxtol's WW1 Dead and will include local newspaper reports from that period showing how Plaxtol honoured them at that time. Admission is free. All are welcome.


Tuesday 13 November, 8pm - THE HISTORIC CLOTH AND IRON INDUSTRIES OF THE WEALD, a talk by David Carder.

Tuesday 11 December, 8pm - KENT MUMMERS' PLAYS AND THE HOODEN HORSE, a talk by Dr Geoff Doel. 


The rest of our 2018 programme of talks and visits.

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 2018 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, The development of the Parish Church in Kent

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 put on a display in Plaxtol Church in November 2018 to mark the centenary of the Armistice that ended WW1.

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