Books etc

HOW TO ORDER: You can buy or order any of our publications by any of the following methods:

  • by sending us a message via our Contact page. Please include in the message (1) your name and email address, (2) details of your order and (3) the postal address to which you want it posted or
  • by post from: The Archivist, Plaxtol Local History Group, 4 Kingscote, Tree Lane, Plaxtol, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN15 0QA. Once again, please include (1) your name and, if you have one, your email address, (2) details of your order and (3) the postal address to which you want it posted or
  • when they resume in Plaxtol Memorial Hall, at any of our Talks

Items are posted at the buyer’s risk.

POST & PACKING: All post & packing quoted below is per item for 2nd class post within the United Kingdom. For orders of more than one item (or for posting to addresses outside the United Kingdom):

  • we will calculate the cost of post & packing on a case by case basis
  • please send us a message via our Contact page, or contact the Archivist by post (at the address above), as described above and
  • we will then let you know the cost of post & packing for your order, so that you can pay us the appropriate total amount.

PAYING FOR YOUR ORDER: You can pay for your order by any of the following methods, preferably by the first method please:

  • ONLINE BANK TRANSFER: If you can do so, please make an online transfer in Sterling into our bank account for the total amount of your order (including post & packing). Any charges (for example, when paying from a bank account outside the United Kingdom) are for the account of the buyer. Our bank account details are as follows:

IF PAYING FROM A BANK ACCOUNT IN THE UNITED KINGDOM:

  • Bank: Santander
  • Name of Account: Plaxtol Local History Group
  • Sort Code: 090153
  • Account Number: 30014501

Please quote your name as the reference, so that we can identify the payment.

IF PAYING FROM A BANK ACCOUNT OUTSIDE THE UNITED KINGDOM:

  • Bank: Santander
  • Name of Account: Plaxtol Local History Group
  • Branch Identifier Code (BIC): ABBYGB2LXXX
  • International Bank Account Number (IBAN): GB37ABBY09015330014501

Please quote your name as the reference, so that we can identify the payment.

  • CHEQUE: Alternatively, a cheque for the total amount of your order (including post & packing) should be made payable to Plaxtol Local History Group  and drawn in Sterling on a UK bank account. Please send the cheque to our Archivist at the address above.
  • PAYPAL: If you cannot make payment by either of the two methods above, arrangements can be made for payment in Sterling via PayPal to our Archivist’s personal PayPal account (all charges are to be paid by the buyer).

Most of our publications are also available to buy at Plaxtol Village Stores, The Street, Plaxtol.

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Plaxtol’s Long Farming History

by Haydn Puleston Jones

Published July 2019

An 84 page A5 booklet covering the 2000 year history of farming in Plaxtol from Roman times to the present day.

84 fascinating old photos, maps and other illustrations, many in colour.

£6.00

Post & packaging £1.75 extra.

Old Plaxtol at Leisure           

by Haydn Puleston Jones

Published November 2018 

This 72 page A5 booklet follows the history of some of the many associations, clubs and societies that the people of Plaxtol joined in the 19th and 20th centuries and how they spent their leisure time.

66 charming old photos and other illustrations.

£6.00

Post & packaging £1.75 extra.

Old Plaxtol Businesses

by Haydn Puleston Jones

Published May 2018

This 64 page A5 booklet, lavishly illustrated with 72 photos and other illustrations, relates the history of some of the many former businesses in Plaxtol, including bakers, blacksmiths, butchers, grocers, haberdashers and shoemakers.

£6.00

Post & packaging £1.75 extra

Plaxtol at War – I remember

Published November 2014

68 page A5 booklet with 41 photos, maps and other illustration (some in colour).

The booklet is an edited collection of the World War 2 memories of 24 past and present residents of Plaxtol. Their fascinating reminiscences cover both wartime Plaxtol and their experiences elsewhere during WW2.

£6.00

Post & packing £1.75 extra

Plaxtol at War

Published May 2014

84 page A5 booklet with 72 photos, maps, tables and other illustrations (many in colour).

The booklet focuses on the impact on Plaxtol of both the First and Second World Wars – those who went on active service, those who remained in the village and the children who grew up in the shadow of war.

It contains numerous fascinating quotes from villagers about their childhood experience of Plaxtol during WW2.

£6.00

Post & packing £1.75 extra

Houses and Households of Victorian Plaxtol

by Haydn Puleston Jones

Published May 2012

84 page A5 booklet with 71 photos, maps, tables and other illustrations (many in colour).

The booklet focuses on the Victorian history of over 30 of Plaxtol’s fascinating period houses and the families who lived in them. It also includes information form Plaxtol’s Victorian censuses and parish registers, such as population, size of households, life expectancy, employment and common Plaxtol surnames.

£6.00

Post & packing £1.75 extra

Mill Life in Victorian Plaxtol                          

by Vanessa Dussek 

Published October 2011

44 page A5 booklet with 39 photos, maps, graphs, tables and other illustrations (many in colour).

The booklet covers the Victorian history of the six watermills in the Plaxtol area, with particular focus on the papermaking process, working conditions, wages and the owners, occupiers and millworkers.

£5.00

Post & packing £1.75 extra

School Life in Victorian Plaxtol

by Tom Hogg

Published December 2010

52 page A5 booklet with 49 photos, maps, drawings, tables and other illustrations (many in colour).

A short history of education in Victorian Plaxtol, including the establishment of the National Schools, headteachers, monitors, pupil numbers, welfare issues, evening classes and other Plaxtol schools. The booklet includes many fascinating details from the schools’ log books and other sources.

£5.00

Post & packing £1.75 extra

Beerhouses and Inns of Victorian Plaxtol

by Haydn Puleston Jones

Published March 2010

40 page A5 booklet with 35 photos, maps, drawings and other illustrations (9 in colour).

A short history of the 12 hostelries that served Plaxtol in Victorian times, with details of their colourful licensees and amusing anecdotes from local newspapers and other sources.

£5.00

Post & packing £1.75 extr

Church Life in Victorian Plaxtol   

by Haydn Puleston Jones   

Published December 2009

48 page A5 booklet with 44 photos, drawings, plans, graphs and other illustrations (18 in colour).

A short history of church life in Victorian Plaxtol, covering Plaxtol Parish Church, Dunks Green Chapel and Plaxtol Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, the Rectory and statistics on baptisms, marriages and burials.

£5.00

Post & packing £1.75 extra

Plaxtol in the Seventeenth Century

by Mary Lewis

A5, 95 pages, 27 illustrations

A reprint of Mollie Lewis’s best-selling history of Plaxtol in the 17th century, including chapters on Village Industries, Plaxtol Houses and Families, Life in Plaxtol from Wills and Inventories, Law and Order, Helping the Poor and the Sick, the Civil Wars, and Church Life.

£6.00

Post & packing £1.75 extra

The Posts and Postcards of Plaxtol

By David Gurney

Published November 2007

8 x 8 inches, 48 pages, 65 pictures

A postal and social history to 2007 of life in Plaxtol, illustrated with drawings, maps, photographs and postcards.

£6.00

Post & packing £1.75 extra

Plaxtol in the past (2003 edition)

8 x 8 inches, 48 pages, 80 photographs, 3 maps

A pictorial history of Plaxtol from the 19th century to 2003, illustrated with old photographs and postcards, all with captions.

£6.00

Post & packing £1.75 extra

Plaxtol within Living Memory

6 x 8 inches, 72 pages, 15 illustrations

A collection of memories of village people from 1905 to 1980, including schooldays, farming, Roughway Mill and Hyder’s Iron Works.

£5.00

Post & packing £1.75 extra

Stitches in Time 

By Jayne Semple & Mollie Lewis 

7 x 9 inches, 47 pages, 21 drawings

A description of historical Plaxtol
characters from the Iron Age to
the 20th Century, with drawings
in costume.

£4.00

Post & packing £1.75 extra

A Short History of Plaxtol

By Mollie Lewis

5 x 7 inches, 16 pages, 4 photos

£2.00

Post & packing £1.25 extra

The Old Green Hut

By Jean Leftley

6 pages, A5 leaflet

The history of the Plaxtol Women’s
Institute hut 1920-1965.

£1.00

Post & packing £1.00 extra

A walk around Plaxtol churchyard

By Mollie Lewis

4 pages, A5 leaflet

£1.00

Post & packing £1.00 extra


The History of Cooper’s Pitt Field

By Jean Leftley 

8 pages, A5 leaflet, 2 illustrations

A history of Plaxtol Garage from
17th century hopfield to 20th
century garage.

£1.00

Post & packing £1.00 extra