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Higham Village History Group logo

Our Next Meeting is on

Thursday 15th March 2017

at 8.00pm

in Higham Memorial Hall,
School Lane, Higham, ME3 7JL


Speaker: George Wildridge

Lots of curious and little known facts about our great capital city.
All welcome. Members free, visitors £3.50 per person.

March 2018 poster


We will visit this lovely Kent village on Saturday 6th May, time to be confirmed. Visit the church and walk around viewing the many historic buildings in this attractive location.

For more details or to book your place:
email: kateiw@tiscali.co.uk
or phone: 01634 718285/07435 567 134

SUNDAY 3rd SEPTEMBER 2017 at 2.30PM

A guided walk through the village led by Andrew Rootes.

For further details - email: kateiw@tiscali.co.uk
or phone: 01634 718285/07435567134

The Higham Village History Group arranged a special event on Saturday September 19th 2015 -- a walk through some glorious woodland close to Higham -- Ashenbank Wood (photograph, right).

See more plus photos of the event.

image of A History of Higham Vol 2 book

Volume 2 of
A History of Higham

was launched at the September 2012 meeting.

Both Volume 1 and 2 are available to purchase from
Higham Post Office (£5.00
each). Any profits are split between St John's Church, Higham and
Higham Village History Group.
See here for all orders by post.

See our other publications.

** See the World War I time line of events in Kent.

    (To email us, please click here.)


Love Higham -- see more information.

Ashenbank Woods

photograph of the Obelisk at Higham on the Thames and Medway Canal

The Obelisk at Higham on the Thames and Medway Canal

About Us

The Higham Village History Group was formed in May 1997 by those villagers interested in local history and is affiliated to the Kent History Federation. Higham is a large village situated between Gravesend and the Medway Towns in north-west Kent. For a Higham location map, please click here.

Membership of the Village History Group has grown steadily and costs £8.00 per person per year with visitors at £3.50 per meeting. Complimentary light refreshments are available after all meetings. Membership fees are reviewed at the AGM. Membership is for 12 months and renewable in May. Membership entitles you to free entry to all our meetings and talks by invited guest speakers but does not cover the ticket cost of any Special Events.  Fundraising Raffles are held at our Christmas time meeting and at our AGM.

We hold our meetings at 8.00pm bi-monthly on the third Thursday of the month in the Memorial Hall, School Lane, Higham.  See the Meeting Dates listed below for more details or download our 2017/2018 Programme
Like us on Facebook -- search for Higham Village History Group.  

Click here for more information about the Larkin Monument.

The History Group has a growing collection of old photographs and is very keen to collect more.   Here on our web site we have two pages of old photographs that show all areas of life in the past including: pictures of people in front of shops or buildings that are no longer here; social occasions and carnival processions; School or Church activities; agricultural scenes – farm workers, machinery, hop or fruit picking.  Click here to go down memory lane...

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Thank you to all who contacted us to help with extra information on previous queries.

Do you recognise the occasions or people in these photographs below?  HVHG need your help.  Click here for more information.

Can you help us with information about this photograph?Do you recognise the occasions or people in this photograph? HVHG need your help.

Do you recognise the occasion or people in this photograph? HVHG need your help.

More Help Sought...Can you please provide any answers to these queries
1. “Harbrook”, Charles Dickens Avenue. A request for information about its use as a nursing home in the 1950’s.
2. Paddy Lodge, School Lane. How did it get its name?
3. Bentley Cottages. We have had confirmation that these were located next to The Village Club, Hermitage Road, and later known as Club Cottages. Is this correct?
4. We are seeking information on the semi-wild horses roaming Higham Marshes and surrounding areas. Were they abandoned by gypsies or previous owners or have they escaped somehow?. Have you any further information regards them, how long they they have been there etc?
Please reply using the “Email Us” link or phone 01634 718285.

Royal Celebration "Guess the Year Quiz" Answers , 11th June 2016

Here are the answers to our Quiz at the Royal Celebrations event on Higham Rec..

St Mary's Church

Gravesham Borough Council have produced a short video of the historic and special St Mary's Church, Lower Higham.

Higham History in the Making

Higham was on the route for the first ever Tour de France cycle race to start in Great Britain.  On Sunday 8th July 2007 this grand spectacle came through Higham on the A226.  Click here for more details & photographs.

On 20th July 2012, the Olympic Torch was carried through Higham onwards to the start of the London 2012 Games.

Meeting Dates for the 2017/2018 Season

All meetings are at 8pm in the Memorial Hall, School Lane, Higham, ME3 7JL. Free entry for members - £3.50 for non-members.  See our programme . 

THURSDAY MAY 18th 2017 AGM plus TALK Speaker: Maureen Clayton on FALLEN WOMEN: We will learn about women who stepped outside the usual conventions of their time and how badly they and their children were treated.
THURSDAY JULY 20th 2017 TALK Speaker: Andrew Mayfield on COBHAM LANDSCAPE DETECTIVES: an exciting Lottery funded community archaeology project of great local interest.
THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 21st 2017 TALK Speaker: Kevin Holdaway on NORMAN BRITAIN: with particular reference to life in Kent which was one of the first counties in England to feel the effects of the Norman Invasion.
THURSDAY NOVEMBER 16th 2017 TALK Speaker: Imogen Corrigan on GLAD TIDINGS: the story of the Annunciation. This richly illustrated talk reveals the key players in the story, dissects the symbolism of Mary and the Annunciations and examines the world changing importance of that particular moment.
THURSDAY JANUARY 18th 2018 TALK Speaker: Peter Hartley on A ROYAL INTERLUDE: Based on personal experience, learn about service in the royal household and the traditions of Royal Maundy.

THURSDAY MARCH 15th 2018 TALK Speaker: George Wildridge on LONDON IS STRANGER THAN FICTION: lots of curious and little known facts about our great capital city.

To go to our Previous Year's Meeting Archive, please click here.

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Contact Information

To contact HVHG, please telephone 01634 718285 or to email click here

To order our Books, please email highamvillagehistory@gmail.com

Web site comments or problems?  Email the HVHG Webmaster here.

Please do look out for posters which are displayed around the village giving details of our next meeting.

Are you searching for information about Higham and the surrounding area? Researching your family tree? Interested in local history archives and other sources? Then please look first at our extensive list of weblinks.

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Publications and Books

image of Higham in Old Photographs book cover  image of Higham in Old Photographs Vol.2 book by HVHGphotograph of A History of Higham vol 1image of A History of Higham Vol 2 book

Our books are on sale in Higham Post Office as follows:
•       Volumes 1 and 2 of Higham in Old Photographs (£2.50 each)
•       Volumes 1 and 2 of A History of Higham (£7.50 each).  

To order copies, please email highamvillagehistory@gmail.com giving your full name, postal address and telephone number and let us know how
many of each title you would like to order. We will then let you know costs, including postage and arrange payment details with you.

HVHG raise funds for Kent Air Ambulance through sale of Higham in Old Photograph books. The total amount handed over to date is in excess of ?8.75.

photograph of HVHG members presenting a £476.25 cheque to Kent Air Ambulance, October 2009       Photograph of History Group representatives presenting a cheque for £476.25 to KAA Trust, October 2009.

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"Lillechurch - a thousand years of a farm at Higham in Kent".  (By a private author and available at Medway Archives and Local History Centre, Baggins Book Bazaar, High St, Rochester and Towncentric, Gravesend. Orders by email to iansmilton@hotmail.com. Price £8.95 plus £1.10 if appropriate.) image of the Lillechurch book by Ian Milton

Mosaic History of Higham book cover




A Mosaic History of Higham, published March 1974.  (Out of print but is available in Higham Library for perusal.)




Moments before the Millennium: The Higham Village Appraisal 1997.

(Out of print, but is available in Higham Library for perusal)

Moments Before the Millennium book cover


Higham Priory pamphlet






Higham Priory. A pamphlet produced in the Gravesham Local History series by Christoph Bull.  (Available to purchase from Gravesend and Higham Libraries and TownCentric)

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