beside the river Darent where it cuts through the North Downs
on its way to the Thames, Shoreham is a village of just over
one thousand inhabitants about six miles north of Sevenoaks
in west Kent.
best known monument is the great cross cut in the chalk hillside
to commemorate the dead of the First World War.
The village also has a place in the folklore of the Second World
War, when the BBC named it the most bombed village in Britain.
Aircraft Museum displays numerous relics of the air combats
over southern England.
best known former resident is Samuel Palmer,
the watercolour artist and mystic, who painted his most famous
works here early in the 19th century and attracted a circle
of painters, poets and writers to the village.
There is even a theory that William Blake took his inspiration
for 'Jerusalem' from our 'clouded hills' and certainly the Shoreham
Women's Institute took it as their anthem, to be taken up later
by the national organisation.
famous former residents include Verney Lovett Cameron, the first
European to cross central Africa, the poet Lord Dunsany, artist
Harold Copping, who often used Shoreham residents for his models,
Sir Joseph Prestwich, the controversial Victorian geologist,
and Robert Colgate, founder of the soap and toothpaste empire,
who fled to America because of his sympathies with the French
Shoreham & District Historical Society was formed in 1997 to
promote awareness of our history, organise meetings and visits,
conserve archives and conduct and publish research.
To date we have over 27 publications and have conducted a major
'oral history' project, supported principally by the Local Heritage
Initiative, on the experience of the village during the Second
We have over 130 members with a subscription of
£6 a year, which includes our quarterly newsletter, Revista.
are held on Friday evenings at 8pm in the Village Hall.