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The Obelisk at Higham on the Thames and Medway Canal
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.
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 .
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...
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.
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.
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 UK’s 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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01634 718285.
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To contact HVHG, please telephone 01634 718285 or to email click here.
To order our Books, please email
Web site comments or problems? Email the HVHG Webmaster here.
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
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 email@example.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 History Group representatives presenting a cheque for £476.25 to KAA Trust, October 2009.
Other relevant publications:-
|"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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Price £8.95 plus £1.10 if appropriate.)|
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)
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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