Welcome to the Shepherdswell & Coldred History Society.



“The Pub Landlord”

In the History Society’s latest lockdown talk (Thursday 25th February at 8pm) – John Bulaitis pieces together the life of Thomas Williams, landlord of the Bricklayers Arms between 1910–1926, which is an important part of the history of the Shepherdswell community during the first decades of the twentieth century.

THOMAS WILLIAMS was licensee of the Bricklayers’ Arms and a popular member of the village community for over three decades. As well as his years in Shepherdswell, his life took him to – amongst other places – Cornwall, Lancashire, south-east Asia, and the battlefields of northern France.

The presentation will be via Zoom on Thursday 25th February at 8pm and will be followed by a Q&A session.

Use the Zoom link below to join and view.


Future presentations will be listed on our Programme of Events page but if you become a member we will notify you by email.



Through this site you will be taken on a journey to our past, learning how events have shaped the people of this area and how the people have shaped the area.

History is a very fluid subject and so we will be constantly updating the information on this site as we learn more. We also hope to add both audio and visual recordings.

The society normally holds monthly meetings and regular talks at Shepherdswell Village Hall but all scheduled presentations and meetings for 2021 have been cancelled due to COVID-19.

However the committee are still holding regular online meetings in order to maintain the progress of some longer term projects such as Three Barrows Down.

We have been issuing regular newsletters in order to keep members up-to-date on any developments. Click here to see the latest newsletter or visit  our Facebook page (@shephissoc). If you become a member you will receive them direct to your in-box.

If you would like to become a member of S&CHS just click here or come along to any of our monthly meetings in the Village Hall (when they resume).

All are welcome.

To contact The History Society, please email shepherdswellhistory@gmail.com.




 Our thanks to Dover District Council for the support it has given to the Society over the past few years which has greatly assisted our various projects as well as our ability to share the history of the village with the whole community.


The History Society is a member of the Kent Archaeological Society.