Bridge & District History Society

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

Oral Histories has several new interviews

 

All meetings cancelled until further notice
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We were sorry to have been unable to meet as planned since February but can promise you a full and interesting programme for the coming season.

All being well, our first meeting will be in Bridge Village Hall on Thursday 17th September at 7.30pm. Following her fascinating talk last year on Folkestone, Hilary Tolputt will tell us about Folkestone during the First World War.

During the lockdown, some members have been busy scanning documents from the Village Archive so that they will be available to view online. Good progress has been made and you can see the results these in the Archives section. Also fascinating are the Oral History interviews which have been compiled in the last few years.

Of course we must continue to follow the guidance, but we very much look forward to meeting again as soon as possible.
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New

BBC Radio Kent Parish Council Centenary Exhibition 1994, with interviews with John Hill, Doris Smith and Cyril Hogben

 

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: info@bridgehistory.org.uk

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.