All meetings are held in the Church Room, Back Lane, Goudhurst, except the May meeting which takes place in Kilndown village hall.

Meetings start at 7.45 unless otherwise stated.


3rd October 2017
Richard Marsden: Wealden Houses
the 15th century was a time of prosperity in the Weald leading to a remarkable building boom which produced many houses which have become iconic in our landscape.

This talk will be followed by members from the Wealden Building Studies Group who will outline a proposal to survey houses in Goudhurst.

7th  November 2017
Doug Lindsay: Kent & East Sussex Railway – then and now
A look at the history and development of railways in the Weald of Kent, why it was built and other projected lines in the area from its heyday till closure in 1954 and development as a tourist attraction since then.

5th December 2017
Christoph Bull: Kentish Ghost Stories
Kent is full of ghost stories and folklore – these examples will fully illustrate the range and variety and have recorded evidence for those who like a “real” ghost story.


January 2018
No Meeting

6th February 2018
Peter Mellor: The West Kent Militia guarding the French POWs as Sissinghurst Castle
the story of 3,000 French prisoners who were incarcerated during the Seven Years War (1756-1763)

6th March 2018
Dr. Susan Pittman
Elizabethan & Jacobean Deer Parks in Kent – including Bedgebury
understanding the number, characteristics, landscape, management and ethos of medieval deer parks

3rd April 2018
AGM  – followed by a display from the Society Archives
a chance to view material held by the Society

1st May 2018In Kilndown Village Hall
Gill Joye & Elizabeth Mason: Blackman’s Yard & Goudhurst Workhouse
the location and history of these village sites