Welcome to our
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.
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
Now available to purchase from CDLHS:
A Hand-Painted Map of the Ashford Area
on a uniqueTea 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.
Hurry before stocks dry up!
To order one of these unique Tea Towels, please contact
They are priced at just £8 + £2 p&p.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Family: £16 Students
per meeting –
but there's no extra charge for members
it pays to
you hope to attend at least three meetings.
includes Charing in the First World War and the panels produced
for the 100th anniversary exhibitions
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