Welcome to The Stanford and Westenhanger History Society. As two small villages divided by a motorway and mainline railway , they play an important part in the history of the County of Kent.
Over the centuries Stanford and Westenhanger have seen many changes to their environment. The area has been occupied by people since early Roman times, through the medieval period, then dominated by the Churches, to Royalty taking over ownership of the fortified manor of Westenhanger Castle. The arrival of the railway, the brick factory and the area's main source of income, farming, all made changes to the villages. The area is steeped in history.
Of course, life does not stand still and there are many changes proposed for our community with the development of Otterpool garden town and related building.
It is for this reason the History Society has been formed; to gather as much information about the area as possible for the sake of future generations and their interest in our history. Many people have spent only a short time living in the villages and we would like to appeal to them for their photos or stories. Those who went to the local school, those who were married in the lovely church or any connection they may have had with the area over the years, would be welcomed.
S O C I E T Y N E W S
The Society is looking forward to an exciting a varied programme of history related talks and events over the year.
We are pleased to say our first guest speaker is the renowned historian and archaeologist, Mr Duncan Harrington, FSA, FSG, LHG. The event will take place at the Stanford Parish Rooms, Westenhanger Racecourse, on Wednesday 5 February, 2020 at 7.30pm and proceeding the doors opening at 7pm
The topic is an introduction to the surviving records of the Church Courts of Kent with particular reference to East Kent.