Welcome to Capel History Group
On Saturday May 9th 1942 a team of County and England cricket players took to the field at Five Oak Green recreation ground...
Eighty years ago this month a team representing the London Counties XI, of which every player had competed at County cricket level and some even for England, came to Five Oak Green recreation ground to play in a match against Capel Cricket Club. The London Counties side was formed after the outbreak of war and allowed County cricketers to continue playing on an ad-hoc basis after cancellation of the County Championship in 1940. Their home games were played at Lords so a visit to Capel by this distinguished team was a huge honour and occasion for the host club.
Read the local newspaper reporting of the match and profiles of the County and England players involved by clicking on this link: London Counties vs. Capel C.C.
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.
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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.