Welcome to Capel History Group


Baby Farming in Capel: The Victorian practice of 'baby farming' was effectively an unregulated adoption scheme for illegitimate children that enabled a single mother to find a home for her child living with a family in return for payment. Sadly, neglect and cruelty was often present in these arrangements and the case in Capel of Harriet Mitchell became the subject of an enquiry in 1892 of which you can read the press report of the time here: BABY FARMING AT TONBRIDGE: STRANGE REVELATIONS



Who We Are

Capel History Group brings together Capel residents with an interest in the local history of the Parish. We use this website to publish the findings from our historical research about the area in which we live.

The full version of many of the items on this website, along with pictures, appear in our three books, Capel Explored One, Two and Three, of which further information and how to buy a copy, can be found by clicking on this link  Capel Explored


Where We Live

Capel is a hamlet and civil parish in the Tunbridge Wells district of Kent with a long involvement in hop and fruit farming and, from before then, the iron and charcoal industries.

The Parish is located on the North Weald, three miles to the east of Tonbridge. The southern part of the Parish lies within the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, while most of the land also falls within the Metropolitan Green Belt. As well as Capel itself, the Parish includes the communities of Castle Hill, Colts Hill, Five Oak Green, Postern, Tudeley and Whetsted.