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The History of Lamberhurst

Lamberhurst is an ancient village. A church has stood on this spot for over a thousand years (apparently, the yew tree in its grounds is dated at over 1500 years!). We are also lucky that much of this local history has been documented by a number of dedicated and incredibly knowledgeable local historians. John Moon is perhaps the pre-eminent author - many of his books essays and pamphlets can be bought from Peter Sands butcher's shop (a fount of local knowledge in its own right). Barbara Uren's history of the lives of those commemorated on the War Memorial also stands out.
But there are other authors with fascinating stories to tell, and we intend to put part or all of their rich storytelling on this website.
For now, anyone with an interest in the history of our parish church or school may read about these by clicking on the items in the History Pages menu on the left.



LAMBERHURST WAR MEMORIAL
AND THE BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE

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IN GRATEFUL MEMORY
OF
THE 44 MEN OF LAMBERHURST
WHO LOVING HONOUR ABOVE EASE
DIED FOR THEIR COUNTRY
IN THE GREAT WAR 1914 – 1918
AND THE SECOND WORLD WAR 1939 - 1945

Read about these men, the work of Barbara Uren and the Lamberhurst War Memorial on the site below.


ROYAL BRITISH LEGION ROLL OF HONOUR



The Hickmotts of Lamberhurst


Click on the above link for an interesting account of the history of one Lamberhurst family.




The Weald of Kent, Sussex and Surrey


This site also gives interesting information about our village, with further links. Click on the link and see for yourself.



Biography of an ex landlord at the Elephant's Head
Go to the link, choose "Biographies" and select George Gurr 1834-1894.

Elephant's Head
Do you have any photos, stories or reminiscences that you would like to share with us so that this page can grow? If so, email the editor.
hepher@btinternet.com



NEW HISTORY OF LAMBERHURST


Two fascinating new books, describing the history of our village, are now available.

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Concise and readable, the first book takes us from the early establishment of the dens through to the modern day, exploring all the industries which have kept Lamberhurst alive over the centuries, and giving an insight into the techniques used in those industries. You will discover, for example, not only that Lamberhurst was once home to a clothmaking industry, including a fulling mill, but also what the fulling process was and how it was done.
The second volume (cover shown above) gives a more in-depth look at many of Lamberhurst's historic houses, their architectural features and their historic importance. These books are a must for anyone interested in the history of our village. They are available for purchase at Victoria House Stores.

Cloth Industry Lamberhurst
WEB 1 - THE CLOTH INDUSTRY2.pdf (1,630KB, uploaded 26-May-11)


Hook Green Life in the 1940s

Mr Robert Dancy, who lived at the Hook Green Post Office and Stores from 1938 until 1960, has kindly sent us copies of his memories and agreed to share them with us on the website. The first is entitled "Hook Green Life in the 1940s" The second is entitled "Wartime in Kent" and very much focuses on the Hook Green and Lamberhurst areas. It is reproduced here in three parts for reasons of size. Both make fascinating reading. Click on the pdf links below to enjoy these memories.

Life in Hook Green in the 1940s
Complete Hook Green life 1940s.pdf (3,433KB, uploaded 1-Dec-09)

Wartime in Kent Part1
WK1.pdf (1,910KB, uploaded 1-Dec-09)

Wartime in Kent Part 2
WK2.pdf (53KB, uploaded 1-Dec-09)

War Time in Kent Part 3
DH wartime in Kent new.pdf (884KB, uploaded 27-Apr-10)