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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 Many unpublished documents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.
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.
My Early Recollections of Life in Charing from 1868
2002. 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
Thanks for the Memories:
a pot-pourri of memories of the war years
1992. A5 size, 32pp.
Price £2.00 + 80p p&p for each book ordered.
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
1986. Price £2.50. 23pp + 80p p&p for each book ordered.
Published by the Society’s Oral History Group.
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