Welcome to the Shepherdswell & Coldred History Society

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.

To see our full Programme of Events & Meetings for the coming year, click here.


Our Next Event

The Big History Day – Our Village Pubs

Saturday 3rd September 2022

Pubs are important part of the social history of Shepherdswell and Coldred. This year’s Big History Day will have exhibits and talks tracing their histories, including stories about their licencees, customers and general role within the communities.

Pubs to be featured include:

  • The Bricklayer’s Arms
  • The Whitehall Inn
  • The Leather Bottle
  • The Blackmith’s Arms
  • The Bell
  • The Carpenter’s Arms
  • Hazling Dane Country Hotel.

There will be a talk about the history and social importance of local pubs by expert Paul Skelton. This will be followed by a presentation from Harvey Richardson about the Temperance Movement, a social movement promoting temperance or complete abstinence from consumption of alcoholic beverages.

As the Shepherdswell Women’s Institute celebrates its 100th anniversary this year, our very own Carol Howell will talk about the role and activities of the local branch over the last one hundred years.

The afternoon will be rounded off by a performance of traditional pub songs from the Swell Singers.

You will be able to buy a Ploughman’s Lunch and – licence permitting – to taste some local ale. Tea, coffee and cake will also be on offer.

As usual, other aspects of local history will be on display and we will be welcoming stalls from local heritage groups. More details nearer the date.

Saturday 3rd September, 11.30am – 3.00pm Shepherdswell Village Hall.

Ploughman’s Lunch Tickets must be ordered in advance and cost £6.50 for a cheese or ham ploughman’s or £10 if you would like a pint of ale to accompany your ploughman’s.

To reserve your lunch, ploughman tickets are available from the T42 Cafe. Alternatively call 01304 832143 or email keithbryanroberts@gmail.com.


The History Society only survives with the support of you, the villagers. 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.

All are welcome. 

Keep an eye on our website for details of upcoming presentations for 2022.

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.