Welcome to the Pembury History website
The History part of the Pembury web site has grown up, left home, and
got a place of its own. This is to enable us to expand the history
content without appearing to dominate or swamp the regular web site.
Much has been written about Pembury’s history over the years, and this
web site is an ideal environment to act as an anchor or focal point for
all that information. What you see here is a start. Hopefully much more
will follow in years to come. There are menu selections for historic
pictures and maps, lists of the old shops and pubs, but nothing as yet
about the churches, manors, farms or housing development. Volunteers
wishing to help in the compilation of these topics would be welcome – click here for more.
We are hoping to populate these pages with dedicated articles, maps
and compilations. The Shops and Retail compilation is typical of the
type of project that relies on community contributions. We have started
off with dedicated maps of the village that show the locations of shops
past and present. In an associated table we plan to list as many of the
old businesses that have occupied a particular shop, along with the
shopkeeper’s name and date of occupation. Please get in contact with
any additions and corrections. All contributions, large or small, are
welcome, and all contributors will be acknowledged. Some pages may
contain contributions or published articles that are at odds with one
another and may pose contradictions. This is the result of an open
environment for such publications. If there are obvious errors we will
try to make note of them without editing a contributor’s work. If a
piece is clearly bonkers and riddled with nonsense it will be withdrawn.
This is a work in progress and will evolve with time as more data
becomes available. Existing pages will be updated. When new data comes
in, a page may get edited several times over several days – sometimes
several times in the same day! Pages may get moved. This is not a
structured, chronological, sequence of narratives, telling a history
story. It is a container for a collection of fairly unrelated
articles, pictures and maps. It may take a bit of time and determination
wading through these pages in pursuit of your goal. If you do not like
scrolling through the menu structure try the ‘search’ box with a few
When this history project was started back in 2015 it was hoped that
locals would pick up on it and add their dollop of data to the overall
pot of knowledge – widening the overall historical picture. It was not
foreseen that ex-residents from all corners of the planet would see this
web site and make valuable contributions. Wherever you are, it would be
good to hear from you.
A bit of the past……
The earliest evidence suggests that there was a village of Pepenbury
in about the eleventh century, with the earliest settlement in the 12th.
century of the Manor House, Hawkwell in Pepenbury Magna, near the old
parish church. The first turnpike (toll) road in Kent was the section
between Pembury and Sevenoaks and in 1785, the coaching inn was dealing
with 14 coaches a day.
In Lower Green, one of the five hamlets making up Pembury, there were
cottages dating from Tudor times to the early 19th century. Between
1500 and 1700 the cloth industry flourished in Pembury, including the
trades of weaving, fulling and clothmaking. Brick and tile making were
very important industries in Pembury for over 100 years as witnessed by
some of the road names – Red Row, Slate Row and the bricks and tiles
produced were used throughout the south-east of England.
In the Upper Green were the newer houses of the gentry, the
almshouses, the Camden Arms and many shops including a beer shop, a
smithy and a wheelwright’s house on the Green itself. From Lower Green,
the road led through hopgardens and fields to the hamlet of Romford,
site of several large houses and farms. The premises of Stanton House
were said to have been used as a workhouse for aged men between 1822 to
1837. Keyes Mill on Stone Court Farm was said to be the origin of one of
Turner’s famous paintings in 1807.
In 1895, the year when the Pembury Parish Council was first formed,
there were 1,500 parishioners. By 1931, this had risen to 2,631 and by
1971 to 4,795. The population of Pembury is now well over 6,000.
Pembury History from British History Online – Parishes: Pembury
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Pembury History Piracy
This history web site uses material sourced
from residents and contributors, as well as maps and charts generated
specifically for this web site.
We have also acquired Mary Standen's archive from Tunbridge Wells
Libraries, used for her history books, for re-photographing in better
Most of the photographs and postcards shown here have been digitised
specifically for this presentation. Most of the "Donated" pictures have
displayed as given. Some images are from common postcards
and are widely available. Some are from private collections.
There are numerous copies of images from this web site sprinkled around
the internet, and many have been pirated without permission - typically
This needs your help. All contributions will be credited.
If you have any further information or corrections please contact me –
Tony Nicholls email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pembury History web site started in 2013
Original web site management,
creation & design by Steve Morton & Tony Nicholls as a part of
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