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Charing and District Local History Society exists to promote an active interest in local history. It has around 100 members, runs a regular programme of lectures and outings as well as occasional exhibitions, and has published a number of books on Charing history. While you may not find what you are looking for during this visit, please come back as there is always something new.

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News about our 2020/2021 season

We had hoped that our planned 2020 / 2021 programme of talks would start in September as usual
in the light of the current situation, we are arranging talks via Zoom, details of which will be shown below
Also we will continue with our monthly ‘In Historic Times' newsletters,
which have a miscellany of articles, some about Charing.
You can access them from the Society News page


Click here for the first 2021 edition of the "In Our Historic Times" newsletter
"In Between Fear and Hope".


ZOOM 14Jan2021


Now available to purchase from CDLHS:
A Hand-Painted Map of the Ashford Area
on a unique
Tea Towel


Peter Holman was an accomplished artist who lived in Charing in the 1960s, & one of his works is a map that he painted in 1965. The style is very individual, as it shows the countryside around Ashford, with the lie of the land, hills, good viewing points plus other places of interest and historical information covering an area of 77 square miles.

Villages that are included on the Tea Towel Map include: Ashford, Boughton Lees, Brabourne, Brook, Challock, Charing, Charing Heath, Great Chart, Hothfield, Kennington, Little Chart, Mersham, Smeeth, Westwell & Wye.

CDLHS have been given permission by Peter's family to produce the Tea Towels, which we are now selling, to help raise funds for the preservation & conservation of items of historical significance that we own.

In this instance, the funds will be used to restore a painting of Horace Barwick, who lived in The Moat in Charing between 1830 - 1845. He was a prolific artist, who sketched & painted many buildings & scenes in the Charing area.

In 2015 Horace's Great-Nephew gave CDLHS an oil painting of him, which is now with the Courtauld Institute of Art, for restoration.

The Tea Towel is of very good quality and would make an excellent present.

To order one of these unique Tea Towels, please contact


They are priced at just £8 + £2 p&p.

Hurry before stocks dry up!


500th Anniversary of the 'Field of Cloth of Gold'
The 2020 Village Fete was to have had a Tudor Theme to commemorate
the 500th anniversary of Henry VIII visiting Charing on 23 May 1520,
during his journey to the 'Field of Cloth of Gold'.

Celia Jennings has extensively researched Henry's journey from Greenwich to Calais,
and has written a splendid booklet:
'The Field of Cloth of Gold - The Charing Connection'
specifically for this 500th Anniversary.

The overall quality of the publication is really excellent and with a price of just £5, it is tremendous value.
It can be ordered (or reserved) directly from Celia (celia.jennings1@btinternet.com)


Annual Membership:           

Adults: £9                  Family: £16                           Students free

Non-members pay £3 per meeting – but there's no extra charge for members

so it pays to join if you hope to attend at least three meetings.


Researching Charing?

Our Research Section includes Charing in the First World War and the panels produced for the 100th anniversary exhibitions


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