Welcome to Capel History Group
Capel's War Memorial tribute - special and unique...
This month marks the 101st anniversary of the opening ceremony of Capel's Memorial Cottages. In these days of government support for so many initiatives and public causes, you may be surprised to learn that there was no national scheme in place after the First World War and each war memorial was funded by public subscription. The people of Capel were no exception but their choice, to erect two cottages intended for aged couples, widows or widowers who had lost their supporters in the war, was a remarkable, inspired and, above all, practical memorial to the 32 men who never came back from the 159 of the parish who went to fight.
Click on the following link to find out more about Capel's special tribute to its fallen: History of Capel's War Memorial Cottages
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.
Want a quick update on Capel's history so far?
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.