Wye Historical Society

Join Us

We welcome new members! Membership is open to anyone with historical interests.

Annual subscription fees are payable from 1 October:

£10.00 per person

Entrance to meetings is free to members; non-members may attend at £2.00 per lecture.

Members can opt to receive the Journal of Kent History, published in March and September at a charge of £5 or £7 for those outside Wye.

Wye Historical Society

Welcome to the website of the Wye Historical Society. The society was founded in January 1948 and seeks to promote enthusiasm for, and knowledge of, local history.

This takes the form of monthly talks held in the Joanna Thornhill School from October to April on the first Wednesday of the month. During the summer months excursions are also offered.

The Society's Book Collection is housed in the Wye Library, Upper Bridge Street, Wye. We also have an extensive Archive collection, which can be consulted by arrangement with the Archivist.

For our constitution, please click here.


Wye in Kent has a long and distinguished history: Mesolithic hunters camped by the River Stour, Neolithic farmers cleared the forest and Bronze-age warriors were buried on the Downs. A Romano-British country estate on the road to Canterbury gave place to a royal residence of Kentish kings, a regional centre with jurisdiction over a large part of Kent. William the Conqueror gave the Manor of Wye to Battle Abbey in 1067 and Domesday records a thriving community. The mediaeval village, with its minster church, ancient grammar school, timbered houses and inns, is still very much in evidence.