SHAAS Metal Detector Survey of Pembury Village Green – October 2017

Photograph of former Wheelwright’s house and workshop on the green.

In October 2017 the Southborough and High Brooms Amateur Archaeology Society carried out a Metal Detector Survey of Pembury Village Green.

This is their full and detailed report of the survey:

SHAAS PEM-17 Detecting Survey Report

The ‘finds’ from the survey will be on display at the Society Spring Meeting on 18th April 2018


Archaeology on the village green

A year or so ago a few members of The Pembury Society were discussing the village green and the blacksmith’s workshop that occupied the top part of the green.

There are quite a few old maps and pictures that show a variety of buildings on the green during the 1800s and through to the 1920s. Adjacent to the blacksmith’s workshop was his furnace, a row of houses and a primitive fire station.

There was also a wheelwright nearby, but we are not quite sure of its location. Some maps show two ‘Smithy’s close to the junction of the High Street and Lower Green Road, and some writings refer to a wheelwright in that area, so the jury is still out on the precise nature and location of these cottage industries.

The discussion eventually led to the possibility of getting some archaeological help to investigate the village green. Pembury Parish Council, the owners of the land, granted permission for a limited examination under the supervision of The Pembury Society.

We then invited the Southborough & High Brooms Archaeological Society to come to Pembury to conduct a few surveys. This they did. On the 8th, 22nd and 29th October a team of six spent many hours doing systematic scans of a portion of the green adjacent to the old smithy’s workshop and house, unearthing all sorts of finds.

The full story of this project can be viewed on the Pembury History web site along with ongoing progress reports.

The Pembury Society, with permission from the Parish Council, hopes to promote similar surveys and searches in 2018.

The Southborough and High Brooms Amateur Archaeology Society visited Pembury Green on 3 occasions in 2017










  More to follow when search results become available

 The Pembury Society and the Pembury Parish Council wish to thank all those helping with the project.

    Southborough and High Brooms Amateur Archaeology Society  –

New Memorial Bench

Handing over of the Pembury Society Bench to the Parish Council, which took place on 25th October. The bench is near the Memorial Wall in the churchyard at St. Peter’s Upper Church


left to right : June Crowhurst, Chairman of Pembury Parish Council, Patrick Gillan (Parish Council), John Evans (Pembury Society) and David Hanes, Chairman of the Pembury Society.


The Pembury Society Spring Meeting

The Pembury Society Spring Meeting will be held on Wednesday 26th April at 7.45pm in St. Peter’s Upper Church.

Our speaker is George Pargeter, Project Director from Balfour Beatty speaking about the A21 Tonbridge to Pembury Dualling Project. George will be sharing the ups and downs of the project and no doubt we will have a lively Question and Answer time!

So do come and bring your questions for what should be an interesting evening!

We also have a very special display for you to see of Pembury historic maps, presented by Tony Nicholls. Members and non-members welcome. (Non-members £3 which enables you to join the Society).

Annual Membership Subscriptions

Members will know it is the time for annual membership subscriptions.

Our enrolment days, where you can renew your membership and collect your copy of the Spring newsletter will take place in the Club House of the Pembury Bowls Club ( at the Recreation Ground) between 10.00 am and 1.00pm on Friday 31st March, or Saturday 1st April, Sunday 2nd April or Monday 3rd April, or renew when you come to the meeting. (£3 individual or £5 household).

We look forward to seeing you.

New! Historic Pembury Notelets

The Society has produced 2 sets of 6 notelets featuring historic Pembury views. Each pack comes with six different pictures of Pembury in the Past on the front. Underneath the picture the wording states “A Little Note from Pembury”.

The notelets will be launched at the forthcoming Autumn Meeting and AGM on Wednesday 19th October. The cards have been printed by Compaid, a registered charity based in Paddock Wood and will be sold in aid of Pembury Society funds.

Each pack sells for £3.50 including envelopes. They will be available after the 19th October from the Newsagents and the Post Office in the Village. We hope you enjoy them!

Pack 1

Pack 1


Pack 2

Pack 2



AGM and Autumn Meeting

The next Meeting will take place on Wednesday October 19th at 7.45pm in St. Peter’s Upper Church, Pembury. The speaker will be Glenn Douglas, CEO of the Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust that includes our hospital at Pembury. The talk will be entitled “Tunbridge Wells Hospital Five Years On.”

Most of us will have had some contact with the new hospital, either as a patient or visitor. Do come along and hear some of the inside stories, the challenges of running a busy hospital, meeting patient expectations, its financial constraints as a consequence of being placed in Special Measures and how that might impact on patients, and much more! The talk will be followed by questions from the audience.

Glenn was previously CEO of Ashford and St Peters Hospitals and Eastbourne Hospitals NHS Trusts, and took up his current position in 2007. He is a qualified accountant and a member of the Independent Reconfiguration Panel, an advisory body sponsored by the Department of Health. He is also a governor of St Mark’s Primary School in Tunbridge Wells.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Spring Meeting – 27 April 2016

The Speaker at the Society’s Spring Meeting on Wednesday 27th April will be William Benson, Chief Executive of Tunbridge Wells Borough Council. The title of his address will be “Opportunities and Challenges facing the Borough?” He will be talking about his role, and some of the issues and plans for the Borough. He will also explain some of the limitations, financial and other, that he is restrained by. He will also relate these issues to Pembury and take questions from the floor.

William Benson has been Chief Executive since 2009. Prior to that he held a number of senior manager roles in local Government. William has a background in international development including three years with the International Development Select Committee in the House of Commons and a period of time working within the voluntary sector. He is a past Secretary of the SOLACE (Society of Local Authorities) SE Branch and a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (FRSA).

The meeting will be held at 7.45 pm in St. Peter’s Upper Church. All our welcome to attend (£3 for non-members). We hope to see as many people as possible for what should be a most interesting evening.

Membership enrolment days

Members will know that it is the time for annual membership subscriptions. The way you renew your annual membership is changing- to holding enrolment days.

In view of the diminishing loyal band of volunteer members collecting subs, and therefore their rounds becoming even larger, we now feel that it is time to change. We will now be holding a series of enrolment days, where you can renew your membership and collect your copy of the Spring Newsletter. On these days we would also welcome any new members. These will take place in the clubhouse of the Pembury Bowls Club, in the Recreation Ground, which has very kindly allowed us to use their premises. There is a car park next to the clubhouse.

We will be in the clubhouse from 10-1 on Thursday 31st March; Tuesday 5th April and Thursday 7th April. Membership costs will remain the same as last year i.e. £3 per individual or £5 per household. Mick Castle, our Membership Secretary, will be looking forward to seeing all new and existing members. Do please encourage your friends and neighbours to join.

Alternatively you can pay on the night at the Spring Meeting or put your subscription  through Mick Castle’s door at 14 Elmhurst Avenue, Pembury.

Are you aware?

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