Our stone age ancestors
Britain is still attached to the continent.
New Stone Age
Britain has become an island after millennia of rising sea levels.
The adoption of agriculture becomes widespread.
Battle for Kent
The well in Kemsing is dedicated to her, as it was believed she gave the water healing properties.
Battle of Hastings
William the Conqueror then camps at Seal en route to London, and becomes the first Norman King of England.
Parish of Sevenoaks
Hospital for travellers
St John the Baptist hospital was run by clergymen and located in what was then dense forest, home to wild boar and wolves.
This deadly outbreak reduces the population by around 40%, with major social and economic consequences. In Sevenoaks, rents from shops and stalls in the market falls by two-thirds, and local trade declines.
From rags to riches
Romance writer Richard Johnson pays tribute to William Sevenoke in the book Nine Worthies of London.
Cade's rebels battle at Sevenoaks
Introduction of the printing press
Lullingstone Castle is built
Hops introduced to Kent
It is believed that the first hop garden was set up near Canterbury.
John Frith becomes a martyr
Knole handed over to Henry VIII
Wyatt's rebels executed in Sevenoaks
There is also concern at this time that England might revert to Catholicism...
Lambarde's history of Kent
The River Darent in literature
Knole and the Sackvilles
Curative wells discovered
John Morocco and Grace Robinson
Knole House raided by Cromwell's troops
In August, Knole House is raided by Oliver Cromwell's troops. Weapons and armour in the house are seized.
By winter, the Parliamentarian London military impose an armed block between Kentish Royalists and their comrades in the Midlands and the West.
Royalists and Parliamentarians battle in Sevenoaks
After this event, Parliament sets up a local committee of men to look after the county of Kent.
Lady Margaret Boswell
Shoreham paper mill
A storm hits Kent
Cricket ball manufacture
Cricket bat production
First ever cricket century scored
The first census
Stanhope's printing press invented at Chevening
Greatness silk mill closes down
The Shoreham Ancients
The first fire engine
Sevenoaks Gas Works established
This parliamentary reform was a step toward democracy.
The fight against Slavery continues
Workhouses and the new Poor Law
Street lighting introduced
It becomes the most densely inhabited area of Sevenoaks.
First local newspaper printed
Darwin's Origin of Species
Neolithic site discovered
The railway comes to Sevenoaks
Telegraph communications introduced
Eventually a shaft is sunk and pumps installed, taking the water from Oak Lane to a reservoir south of the town which becomes the water supply for the people of Sevenoaks.
Sevenoaks railway tunnel
A faster rail service
Francis Crawshay's druid monuments
The Railway Children
Emily Jackson's hospital
Verney Lovett Cameron returns from Africa
School for the working classes
Lime Tree Walk
J. Salmon Printers
Charles Essenhigh Corke
Progress for public health
This was thanks to the tireless efforts of James German. He successfully argued the benefits of a modern sanitation system, despite the difficulty in getting support from rate paying landowners who already had their own private drainage systems...
Temperance and the Salvation Army
The Sevenoaks Readies
The townspeople vs Lord Sackville
Kent County Council is created
Telephone lines installed
Sevenoaks vs Arsenal
A crowd of 1,000 people attend the match, which was organised to raise money for local hospitals.
Sevenoaks lose 11-0.
Sevenoaks District Councils
The Time Machine
South African War
Breweries and pubs
Sevenoaks Art Club
Seven oaks planted
Hever Castle restoration
Sevenoaks Artisans' Dwellings Company
First public library opens
Plane crash at Kemsing
Coldrum Stones burial site discovered
Motor bus service begins
Electricity comes to Sevenoaks
First council houses
Eardley Road Swimming Baths
Voluntary Aid Detachment
Women in the workplace
Representation of the People Act
Greatness House blown up
Lucy Deane Streatfeild
Dredging begins at Riverhead
Knole Park Golf Club opens
Seal Herb Farm
Passenger plane crash
Woodlands Holiday Camp opens
Equal Franchise Act
Paper production ends
Harrison Zoological Museum
It is now the Harrison Institute, a biodiversity research centre.
Montreal House demolished
Young's department store
RAF Biggin Hill
Gas works bombed
Sevenoaks under attack
The Man in White
Beechmont House destroyed
Mackay Hugh Baillie Scott
Seven oaks planted
Crockham Hill Youth Hostel opens
Knole given to the National Trust
In her life she set up the first physiotherapy centre in Sevenoaks, and was dedicated to improving the lives of older people. A block of flats on Rockdale Road is named after her.
Chiddingstone Causeway Brickyard
Secondary Modern education for all
Seven oaks re-planted
Last woman hanged
There was much controversy about the highly publicised case. The film 'Dance with a Stranger' was made about her story.
Wildlife reserve created
Hip hospital closes
Chevening House given to the Prime Minister
Electric street lights introduced in Sevenoaks town
Gas production ends in Sevenoaks
Churchill's final years
The Beatles in Sevenoaks
Beechmont House is rebuilt
Kathleen Blow retires
Sevenoaks District Council created
Youngs department store closes
Feldberg Harpsichords closes
Dredging Chipstead Lake finishes
The great storm
Paul and Phil Hartnoll named their act after the M25 motorway, which was central to the early rave scene.
Cattle market closes
John Downton Awards
New leisure centre
Dame Kelly Holmes
Woolworths closes down
Same sex couples gain the right to marry