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 Methodist Church 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 £2-00) 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 2017 programme commenced with a quiz on Thursday 26th January. There were six rounds (Famous People, Food and Drink, General Knowledge, History, Literature, The Natural World) with 14 points per round, resulting in a possible score of 98 points including double points for the Joker round — an additional two points would have been awarded to any team scoring a perfect 28 on their Joker round (none did), making a grand total of 100 points.
The programme for the remainder of 2017 is as follows :
- Thursday February 23rd : Christoph Bull, Pocahontas – the non-Disney version
- Thursday March 23rd : Annual General Meeting, then Brian Freeland, Sussex folk,
- Thursday April 27th : Dr Geoff Doel, Dickens and Kent (photo-collage)
- Thursday May 25th : Roy Ingleton, Crime and punishment in bygone Kent (photo-collage)
- June/July/August: None
- Thursday September 28th : Toni Mount, Ration-book Britain
- Thursday October 26th : Neil Arnold, Spooky Kent,
- Thursday November 23rd : Robert Ogley, Doodlebugs and rockets,
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