Welcome to Capel History Group


Public Inquests at The Dovecote...

In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, a sudden or suspicious death would be investigated by a coroner who would need a large and local room at short notice in which to hold the inquest and accommodate 12 jury members. Public houses could often offer such an indoor space and The Alders, as it was known until its name change to The Dovecote in 1987, was host to such events on several occasions in Capel. Click on the link to find out more about the inquests held at The Dovecote from the press reports of the time:   Inquests at The Dovecote 



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.