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Charing in the First World War

2018 ISBN 978-0-9570299-1-0    65pp    A4 size,    photographs in b&w,    illustrations in colour.     

Price £10 + £3 p&p for each book ordered.

This book is a compilation of the 64 illustrated panels from our successful 2014 CDLHS exhibition commemorating the centenary of the First World War. Made in memory of all the parishioners of Charing who were involved in the First World War in so many different ways, it shows how the parish of Charing supported the war and how it was affected by it. Each A4 page is based on an exhibition panel, researched and written by CDLHS.

Design by Jim Wire.

Illustrated by Frances Wire.

A History of Charing:
the parish from earliest times to 1900

2011. ISBN 978 0 9570299-0-3. A4 size,    126pp,     c. 100 maps,    drawings and photographs, in colour and b & w.

Price £12 + £3 p&p for each book ordered.

This book traces the history of a large and important manor and parish in central Kent from prehistoric times to 1900. The manor was held by the archbishop of Canterbury from the 8th century to the Reformation, and by the Crown until the 17th century. The 19th century is explored from the perspective of the census returns. Many unpublished documents and maps have been used to bring to life regional and local events, and describe the land, people and occupations. Three further chapters cover the history of the church, the archbishops’ palace, and the many historic houses remaining in the village and surrounding countryside.

Charing – A Pictorial Past.cover

2005. A4 size, 116pp,
c.200 drawings and photographs, in b & w. Price £10 + £3 p&p for each book ordered.

The book begins with several pages of 19th-century drawings and watercolours of Charing, followed by numerous photographs dating from the late 19th century to the present day, arranged by topics and explained by informative captions. Topics include farming, occupations, buildings, the parish church, transport, education, leisure and people.

Harry Ward:
My Early Recollections of Life in Charing from 1868

Cover2002. A4 size, 20pp, 16 b & w photographs taken by the author. Price £2.50 + £1.20 p&p for each book ordered.

Harry Ward was born in Charing in 1864 and died there in 1940. He went to school aged six, but two years later began working part time in the rope walk. As an adult he was employed for 56 years as a gardener and domestic servant to one the large houses in the village. His recollections, written in the last few years of his life, span his memories of childhood and youth, and have much to say about farming, entertainment, school, church (he was a bell ringer), the fire brigade (he was a fireman), transport, people and places. This is a fascinating account of life in Kent in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Thanks for the Memories:

a pot-pourri of memories of the war years
. cover

1992. A5 size, 32pp.
Price £2.00 + 80p p&p for each book ordered.

Memories of the war years collected from Charing residents and contemporary local publications. The book covers a variety of topics including the early war years, tales of evacuees, transport, the military in Charing, the land army, local efforts in Britain’s resistance movement, bombs, prisoners of war, and rationing.

A Life in Charing: Hilda Barnard’s story

cover1986. Price £2.50. 23pp + 80p p&p for each book ordered.
Published by the Society’s Oral History Group.

An account of Hilda Barnard’s life in Charing in her own words from her birth in 1890 to within a few weeks of her death in 1983. She talked about her childhood and family, the countryside, the village, its institutions and buildings, her years in service at Pett Place, her marriage to an Ashford man, although they continued to live in Charing where her children were born, and many other things that she remembered.

A Saunter Through Kent

Charing: 1900 & 2019

2019 A5size, 16pp.
Price £5.00 + 80p p&p for each book ordered.

Malcolm Horton, Charing resident, and CDLHS member, has written, with CDLHS support, this 16-page, limited edition publication. Malcolm has kindly donated all profits to CDLHS; we have just 30 copies left. It reproduces Sir Charles Igglesden's view of Charing in 1900, followed by a very positive overview of our village in 2019.