Welcome to Capel History Group

The Hoppers' Parson...

In the first of his 'Names of Capel' series, Graham Rolando explores the life of Father Richard Wilson and explains why he feels the East End priest should be recognised as 'near as we will have to greatness walking in our parish of Capel'.   The article can be found here: The Hoppers' Parson

Our New pictorial book - 'Then and Now' - Now available at Barsleys Paddock Wood

Capel History Group latest book is a fascinating pictorial record of Capel parish using images of times past placed next to the current view of the same spot. Titled 'Capel - Then and Now', each page contains a map to highlight where the photo was taken alongside text that describes the history of changes between the two scenes.

The book will make an ideal gift for anyone interested in the history of where they live and those curious to see how familiar local sites have changed over the years.

Priced at £9.95, the book is available in Five Oak Green Post Office, Barsleys department store in Paddock Wood and at St Thomas a Becket Church.

Click on this link for further information: Then and Now Book

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? 

Click on the following link:  A Brief History of Capel

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.