Ditton - The Story of a Kentish Village

This new book published by Alan Dodge and the Ditton Heritage Centre, traces the history of Ditton from the Stone Age to today. It tells the story of a small farming community of four farms, two mills and a church, which by 1801 had a population of only 98.

The book commences with an introductory chapter that describes the different parts of the village with the origin of names of places and fields. There is a brief account of local geology. Subsequent chapters are entitled;

  • Prehistoric and Roman History;
  • A Saxon and Norman Community;
  • Medieval Times;
  • The Reformation to the Restoration;
  • A Georgian Village;
  • A Victorian Village;
  • War and Peace;
  • The Modern World.

Whether you are a longstanding or more recent resident, you will be fascinated to see how the small village of Ditton has been overlaid with modern developments. There are many illustrations of demolished buildings, old street scenes, and maps dating back to the 1680's.

There are references to historical sources, suggestions for further reading and a detail index.

The book is a paperback of 176 pages, with 130 illustrations and is priced at £10.00. The book was launched on Sunday 11th September 2011 at Ditton Heritage Centre, New Road, Ditton, where the author, Dr. Alan Dodge, signed copies. Dr. Dodge was born in Ditton and went to the village school. His family lived in the village for four generations.

Copies of the book can also be obtained by telephoning Cllr. Mrs Liz Day on 01732 840937 or Cllr. Tony Mulcuck on 01732 844195.