Our Town

This page includes a note about our most notable heritage buildings, summarises the Society’s Local List and Town Centre Survey projects, and provides a link to images of Sevenoaks past and present. There’s also a picture quiz to test your knowledge of Sevenoaks’ buildings.

lanternWas it stolen, given away or simply misplaced?

Research conducted for the Society’s Heritage Exhbition has uncovered many fascinating stories and images of Sevenoaks’ past.   The object above was rediscovered during a visit to Oak End, one of the historic buildings featured in the exhibition. The present owner had come across it in the attic just days before without realising what it was. From a drawing we were able to identify it as as a wrought-iron lantern-holder that used to hang outside numbers 6 & 7 in Dorset Street.  

A perambulation through pubs, places and peers

There are of course many public houses in Sevenoaks, although by no means as many as there used to be. (By 1920 for example there were 10 in the St Johns & Hartslands area alone: The Bat and Ball, Camden Arms, Castle, Compasses, Elephants Head, Greyhound (later The St John’s Tavern), Man of Kent, New Inn, Railway Tavern and Rifleman. Only the latter remains. Nationally, pubs are being closed at the rate of 29 each week).

This article is the first in a proposed series about the history and stories of hostelries, past and present, of Sevenoaks and surroundings. (It may even be the precursor to a pub-lication, following the success of our latest book on the Lodges and Coach Houses of Sevenoaks). Many are important, architecturally and/or historically, and as I am discovering, a surprising number have fascinating stories to tell. This covers my exploration of pubs in the area which have links to the aristocratic Camden family. I look forward immensely to continuing the research.