Registered Charity No.1099289

St Edith Hall, High Street, Kemsing, Kent TN15 6NA



Kemsing from the South

Kemsing village from the south



Kemsing is situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty at the foot of the North Downs in the County of Kent. There are footpaths to the Kemsing Nature Reserve and the North Downs Way, with far reaching panoramic views.



A winter view from the top of Green Hill looking westwards


The village centres round a well, dedicated to St. Edith the daughter of King Edgar. She was born in Kemsing AD961. The parish church of St. Mary the Virgin has Saxon origins and there are many listed buildings in the village.






The Archive Centre, situated at the rear of St Edith Hall, is now finished and was officially opened by Eliza Ecclestone on 23rd October 2010. Over 200 members of the Association and invited guests attended.


The centre is open on Monday afternoon (not Bank Holidays) 2.00pm - 4.30pm

It is also open on the first Saturday of the month 10am - 12noon. Otherwise by appointment.




The Heritage Centre has an extensive archive of material relating to the history of Kemsing and its inhabitants, a large proportion of which was donated by the late Vic Bowden, a local historian and author of The Story of Kemsing in Kent. This material is the result of many years work and a valuable resource that can be used for family history and other research.

We also have a large photographic archive which has  been digitised with the help of a team of volunteers and a grant from Awards for All. The photographic archive can be viewed in the Library and at the Centre.  A very small selection of images can be seen in the Gallery.


During 2016 there will be a series of displays at Kemsing Library, Dippers Close, Kemsing TN15 6QD



The Heritage Centre Association has established a small fund which is available to provide grants to any person or group carrying out research on a voluntary basis. For further details please click here





How to find us


Programme of Events


AGM    13th February 2016   St Edith Hall    2.30pm


The Heritage Centre will be presenting a number of talks during 2016 at St Edith Hall.


Talks: 7.30pm Members Free - Non Members  2.50 unless specified



29th January Royal Visits to Kent Colin Breed

26th February

30 Years of Bovver on the Hover

Capt Brian Laverick-Smith

18th March Chaucer's Canterbury Tales Geoff Doel

29th April

Cobham, an Armchair Guide

Christoph Bull
27th May Tonbridge, Growth of a Market Town Patricia Mortlock

24th June Potholes, Pigs and Paradise

Penny Harris

29th July Chalk Mining in Kent Rod LeGear
30th September John (Mad Jack) Fuller and his Follies Geoff Hutchinson
28th October The Hidden Cathedral Douglas Chapman
18th November Edith Cavell Paul Rasen
27th January The 1917 Bombs on Kent Alex Ferris  





V.A.D. Hospital 1914-18  Patients  Staff  Photographs

War Memorial: details of the names on the memorial.

Kemsing Parish Registers Name Index

Kemsing Parish Registers Baptisms

Kemsing Parish Registers Marriages 

Kemsing Parish Registers Burials   (coming soon)     

Kemsing Strays 1881: people born in Kemsing but living elsewhere at the time of the 1881 Census.

Kemsing Residents 1939

Kemsing Archive Project



For further information please Contact us.


Kemsing Links

Kemsing Singers

Kemsing Parish Council & St Edith Hall

Kemsing Primary School




Kemsing Heritage Centre Association 2016

This site is maintained for Kemsing Heritage Centre by Jane Bowden