Folkestone History Research Group (FHRG)
Our group was formed in December 2016 as an initiative of the Folkestone People's History Centre to
- study the history of Folkestone from the Roman/Anglo Saxon period to the nineteenth century through original individual and collective research
- facilitate the public dissemination of the results of this research through publication in either a digital format on the group’s website or in a paper format
- raise funds to carry out these objectives and apply to grants to enable specific research to be undertaken
History research activities
The group holds regular informal monthly meetings at which current research is presented, discussed and where appropriate support is given.
Additional meetings are also held as the opportunity and need arises. These have to date included introductions to the scope and content of local historical sources and archives, practical skills in field survey and archaeological investigation, and excursions to places of relevant local historic interest.
It is planned to organize a series of lectures, informal guided walks and to present local exhibitions which will be open to the public.
The group is also aiming to develop and provide a geographic based record of all known archaeological sites and finds of prehistoric, Roman, Anglo-Saxon, medieval and later date, as well as records of standing buildings and structures of historic interest.
Current research in Folkestone history
At its formation in December 2016 the group set out a number of research themes which were concerned with the Bayle and its immediate environs, recognizing the importance of this area as an early focus of historic settlement in Folkestone. These studies continue although the scope has now been extended to cover a broader range of subjects and areas of research.
Research has commenced on a number of topics listed below. The results of the research will be periodically posted to the group website.
A Descriptive Inventory of Archaeological Finds & Investigations in FolkestoneThe Early Medieval Monastery & Minster at FolkestoneThe History and Archaeology of the Medieval Priories of FolkestoneChurchwardens Accounts of the Church & Parish of SS Mary & Eanswythe 1487-1590The Priory Manor & Mansion House, FolkestoneThe Town Water SupplyManor of Swetton in Cheriton and FolkestoneMedieval Chapels, Springs & Holy Wells in Folkestone : Eanswythe, Botolph, Walton and St ThomasA Descriptive Bibliography of the Historic Maps and Plans of FolkestoneCoastal Defence and Forts at FolkestoneMW Turner and John Constable, Seascapes and Townscapes of Folkestone from the 1820s to 1840sThe History and Development of Folkestone MuseumBayle Census Records 1841The Topographical Drawings of Harry Evans
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