Welcome to the website of the Plaxtol Local History Group


Booking is now open for our two summer outings - a guided walking tour of Aylesford on 22 May and a guided walking tour of Faversham on 26 June. Booking forms will be available at our meetings. Payment to be made with booking. Please see those dates below for more details

Tuesday 13 March, 8pm - THE HISTORY OF JEWISH LIFE IN MEDWAY, a talk by Irina Fridman.

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

Tuesday 10 April, 7 30pm at Roughway Farm Oast, Roughway Lane, Plaxtol, TN11 9SN - A PERSONAL HISTORY OF FARMING by John Cannon - PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE FROM OUR USUAL TIME AND MEETING PLACE

Tuesday 8 May, 8pm - ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING, followed by THE ITALIAN INFLUENCE ON THE GARDENS OF KENT, a talk by Dr Ann Knief

Tuesday 22 May, 2 to 3 30pm - WALKING TOUR OF THE VILLAGE OF AYLESFORD, GUIDED BY JOHN VIGAR. £4, payable with booking. Meet at Aylesford Priory main car park by 1 40pm. After this guided tour, you may take an optional self-guided tour of, and/or tea at, Aylesford Priory, Aylesford, ME20 7BX (tea to be paid for in cash to the Priory). Please bring wet weather gear and water and wear suitable footwear. 

Wednesday 26 June, 2 30 to 4pm - WALKING TOUR OF FAVERSHAM, GUIDED BY THE FAVERSHAM SOCIETY. The tour will include a visit to a former gunpowder works. £5, payable with booking. Meet outside The Vaults, 75 Preston Street, Faversham, ME13 8PA by 2 15pm. The Faversham Society suggests that members park in the Queen's Hall car park, Forbes Road, Faversham, ME13 8PG, about 250 yards from The Vaults, as that car park has no 4-hour time limit. Please bring wet weather gear and water and wear suitable footwear. Members may wish to make their own arrangements for lunch before, or tea after, the tour.

The rest of our 2018 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) 

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 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 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