& District History Society was formed to promote interest in aspects
of local history in and around the villages of Barham, Bekesbourne,
Bishopsbourne, Bridge, Kingston, Littlebourne and Patrixbourne
Each year we arrange a programme
with a mixture of talks on topics of historical interest and visits
to historical places, some of which are only possible to visit
in pre-arranged groups.
Talks in the past have included
Jane Austen in Kent, Nelson in Kent, Old Ramsgate, John Tom of
Bossington Wood, The Star Hill dig at Bridge, The City Gates of
Canterbury. Richborough Castle, The Domesday Book, The Romney
Hythe & Dymchurch Railway, The Green Man, Stained glass windows
in Canterbury Cathedral, Canterburyís medieval hospitals, Bekesbourne
Aerodrome, Soldiers of the First World War, Victorian Herne Bay,
Bourne Park House, Higham House and Medieval Manuscripts.
This is a small selection of
the many talks we have enjoyed over the years. As well as talks
our visits have included Bourne Park House, Denton Court, Provender,
Cobham Hall, Dode Church, Ypres, Lambeth Palace, Tenterden Railway
again a very small selection of the many visits. We also arrange
film evenings where we have shown films of Bridge in the 1930s,
films of Canterbury in the 1940s, and a selection of old films
Our current programme, which
runs from September to July, is on the programme page.
We are affiliated to the Kent
History Federation, see the links page, and we have hosted the
Kent History Federation One Day Conference.
We are celebrating our 20th Anniversary
in 2015 and we warmly welcome new members. A Membership application
form is on the membership page.
Our evening meetings are informal
and sociable and transport can be arranged if required. For those
without cards we offer seats in memberís cars for the visits.
Information on the Society
can be obtained by from the Secretary - email:
DO NOT contact the Society for genealogical information:
Society does not hold any records regarding the family histories
of Bridge residents nor any record of burials in the churchyard.
parish council records have been transferred to the Kent
County Archive in Maidstone and all church records to the
NB: From 1830,
there was a workhouse in Union Road (now The Close). The
local registrar lived at 10 Union Road and, in order to
spare the embarrassment of relatives, workhouse residents
were often recorded as living at that address.
St Peter's Bridge
High Street, Bridge