Horsmonden Historical Society
The Society exists to provide a regular meeting point for members of the Horsmonden community who have an interest in local (and perhaps wider) history. The annual subscription is currently £15.
The Society normally meets at Horsmonden Social Club on the fourth Thursday of the month at 19:45 for 20:00, although there is usually a three-month break over summer and a one-month break at Christmas. Attendance at meetings is entirely voluntary, and members may bring guests if they wish; a small charge (currently £3-00) will be made for each guest. Coffee, tea and biscuits are offered after the meeting at a notional cost of 20p, although additional donations are always welcome ...
The programme for 2018 is as follows, but please see the programme brochure for full details :
- Thursday 22nd February — Sprivers : Its History and its Owners, Mark Musgrave
- Wednesday March 21st — Fish & Chip Supper, AGM, film of Horsmonden (Alan Couchman)
- Thursday April 26th — Mediæval Housewives, Toni Mount
- Saturday May 19th — Exhibition of archive material
- Thursday July 12th — Summer outing to Godinton House
- Thursday September 27th — The Kaiser's War: A Different Perspective of World War I, Christoph Bull
- Thursday October 25th — Historic Smarden, Martin Brooks
- Thursday November 22nd — What is Christmas ? A Light-Hearted Look at Christmas, Geoff Hutchinson
War Memorial Plaque
The Social Club War Memorial Plaque, containing photographs of 40 of the Horsmonden WWI Fallen and first displayed in 1925, is now available online as an interactive facsimile, with links from each thumbnail image to a full-size image with informative caption and (where possible) a link to the relevant Commonwealth War Graves Commission record. Following the withdrawal by Google of Picasaweb, these images are now hosted locally and are fully zoomable — using the scroll-wheel to zoom in/out will re-sample the high-resolution original, thereby avoiding any loss of quality when zooming while at the same time reducing to a minimum the size of the resulting data transfer. The same technology is used to present the Marriott will and the Institute lease.
- 19th-century sound changes in Kent (phonetics series by Sydney Wood)
- Catherine Marriott — Last Will and Codicils
- 'Celery' — the wartime papers concerning Walter Dicketts (password protected and watermarked; Adobe PDF)
- Edward Hasted on Horsmonden (re-typeset facsimile )
- Hopping (annual publication launched 2008 by Tower Hamlets Community Housing)
- Hop picking (web forum launched by "Bermondseyboy")
- Horsmonden Social Club
- Horsmonden Village web site
- Kent History Federation
- Village Institute Lease