Bridge & District History Society

This year's Programme of Meetings includes Count Zborowski's train and much more

Oral Histories has a new addition of an interview with Margaret White on her reminiscences from her time in Bridge during WWII.

Thursday December 19th 2019 7.00pm

Christmas Social

Our annual Christmas Social Evening will again take place at the “Red Lion”, Bridge this year, at a subsidised cost of £15 for members.

A choice of menu and a drink on arrival (glass of wine or soft drink) is included.

Thursday January 16th 2020

Imogen Corrigan - The Bayeux Tapestry

This illustrated talk will take us on a journey through what is an iconic, moral story of kings, chivalry and ambition. Imogen will look at many of the scenes depicted in detail, and explore what can be learned from this depiction of a turning point in our history.

7.30pm Bridge Village Hall. Members £4.00, non-members £5.00 to include refreshments

Thursday February 20th 2020

Tim Jones - Louis Zborowski Archive Film

In 1924, local amateur Sidney Bligh was commissioned by Louis Zborowski to film a Hollywood style silent movie featuring his short-lived miniature railway at Higham Park. His death, whilst racing at Monza, meant it remained unfinished. Rediscovered, almost a century later, Time Jones has edited the film, adding intertitles and music. The result, entitled “The Map”, will be shown tonight, together with “Seeking Sidney”, focussing on the filmmaker.

7.30pm Bridge Village Hall. Members £4.00, non-members £5.00 to include refreshments

Thursday March 19th 2020

Dick Bolton - Wickhambreaux - Oasts and Archangels

At the time of the Domesday Book 1086, the village of Wickhambreaux was well established. Dick Bolton will tell us about the history, architecture and people of this beautiful village.

7.30pm Bridge Village Hall. Members £4.00, non-members £5.00 to include refreshments

Thursday April 16th 2020

Geoff Doel - Kent Spring and Summer Seasonal Customs

Explore Kent’s exciting array of Spring and Summer seasonal folk customs, including May Garlands, Jacks in the Green, Morris Dancing, Beating the Bounds and the Biddenden Dole, illustrated with images and folksongs.

7.30pm Bridge Village Hall. Members £4.00, non-members £5.00 to include refreshments

Thursday May 21st 2020

Alan Walton - The Pubs of Bridge

Having acquired a fair amount of knowledge of the pubs of Bridge whilst landlord of The White Horse Inn, Alan will take us on a “pub crawl” through their histories, the characters that have frequented them and the events that have been celebrated within their bars!

7.30pm Bridge Village Hall. Members £4.00, non-members £5.00 to include refreshments

Thursday June 18th 2020

Tour of Sandwich

Members of the Sandwich Local History Society will take us on an evening tour of historic Sandwich, said to be the most complete medieval town in England.

Meet at the Guildhall, CT13 9AH at 6pm. Members and non-members £2.00


Bridge & 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 in Kent.

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 of Kent.

Our current programme, which runs from September to July, is on the programme page.

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 cars we offer seats in memberís cars for the visits.

Information on the Society can be obtained by from the Secretary - email:

St Peter's Bridge

High Street, Bridge

Bourne Park



PLEASE DO NOT contact the Society for genealogical information:

Bridge History Society does not hold any records regarding the family histories of Bridge residents nor any record of burials in the churchyard.

ALL historical parish council records have been transferred to the Kent County Archive in Maidstone and all church records to the Cathedral archives.

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.