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Higham Village History Group logo

The next Meeting is on

Thursday July 21st 2016

at 8.00pm

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


Speaker: Richard Moyse

Ranscombe Farm, Cuxton and its wonderful wildflowers.
An illustrated talk about one of the UK’s most important wildflower reserves.

All welcome. Members free,
visitors £3.50 per person.


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.)


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 2016/2017 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.

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 2016/2017 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 JULY 21ST 2016 -- "SURVIVAL OF THE WEEDIEST" Speaker: Richard Moyse. Ranscombe Farm, Cuxton and its wonderful wildflowers. An illustrated talk about one of the UKs most important wildflower reserves.

THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 15TH 2016 -- TALK Speaker: Cyril Baldwin WEIRD WILLS, FUNNY FUNERALS AND ECCENTRIC EPITAPHS -- We’ve all heard of Shakespeare’s second best bed, bequeathed to his wife but Cyril Baldwin, one of Kent’s major public speakers, has many such curiosities to share with us.
THURSDAY NOVEMBER 17TH 2016 -- TALK Speaker: Neil Arnold KENT URBAN MYTHS -- A welcome return to Neil, who never fails to entertain, with his quirky view of our county’s history, curiosities and strange happenings. As this is our last meeting before Christmas there will be seasonal refreshments and a raffle.
THURSDAY JANUARY 19TH 2017 -- TALK Speaker: Andrew Rootes HIGHAM HOUSES AND HOMES -- The author of Higham in Old Photographs and History of Higham returns to tell us about some of the interesting dwellings in our village and the development of housing and the expansion of Higham through the years.
THURSDAY MARCH 16TH 2017 -- TALK Speaker: Rob Poole GRAVESHAM’S RAILWAYS -- Gravesham has a rich railway history starting with industrial lines in the early 19th century through to today’s high speed international railway. This illustrated presentation looks at this timeline and the events both interesting and humorous that shaped the local lines.

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

Special Events

SUNDAY 26TH JUNE 2016, 2.30PM VISIT TO THE CHATHAM SYNAGOGUE -- In May 2015 Irina Fridman gave us a fascinating talk on the Jewish Community in Medway. Irina will host a guided tour of the Synagogue in Rochester - showing us the many treasures and also the graveyard outside. Cost: £2.00 per person To book email: kateiw@tiscali.co.uk or phone: 01634 718285.
SATURDAY 20TH AUGUST 2016, 6PM VISIT TO CLIFFE -- Some of our friends from Cliffe attended our November 2015 meeting and staged a brilliant display of archaeological finds. We have arranged a visit to Cliffe where we will be given a guided tour of the magnificent St. Helen’s Church and view some of the interesting buildings nearby. To book email: kateiw@tiscali.co.uk or phone 01634 718285.
SATURDAY 3RD SEPTEMBER 2016, 2PM Venue: St Mary’s Church, Lower Higham -- Imogen Corrigen will give a talk on The Green Man in English Churches. Spot our own example on the well-preserved 15th century wooden door. This is a joint event with The Friends of St.Mary’s Church, Lower Higham Cost: £5.00 per person which includes tea and cake.  No pre-booking required but for further information or to register an interest email kateiw@tiscali.co.uk or phone 01634 718285.

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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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