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Penshurst Village Cross-country Run 2017:

See the results and write-up


Penshurst Village Cross-country Run 2017

The winners!

The Very Affordable Alternative Art Fair
affordable art fair jessops farm studios


OPENING PARTY - 10 am - 6 pm (And running all week to the following Sunday!)

The very, very, very, very, very, very Affordable Alternative Art Fair!

Our mission is to encourage people to buy and own ORIGINAL ART!

Why buy something that millions have, when you can have a real unique work of art on your wall!

And at prices of £15 or less . . . how can you lose?

affordable art fair jessops farm studiosIt is an ideal way to buy Christmas Presents (even children can afford some of the paintings)!

Those who were there last year know how popular it was and how fast everything sold!

So! Put it in your diary - 27th November - come along and have a ball!

There will be food and drink and 10% of all takings will go to an Alzheimer Charity!

Jessops Farm Studios, Bough Beech,TN8 7AU. Tel. 01892 870067.



Penshurst Village Cross-country Run 2016:

See the results and write-up


Penshurst Village Cross-country Run 2016

Watch 'Wolf Hall' on BBC2 from Wednesday 21st January 2015 - featuring Penshurst Place

Penshurst Place and Gardens in Kent will feature in the new six-part series of the highly anticipated Wolf Hall drama, due to hit our screens at 9pm on Wednesday, 21st January 2015 on BBC2.  The Kent historic house, once owned by King Henry VIII, was used as a filming location during the summer (6th - 9th May and 7th - 9th July) and hosted a raft of stars including Ashford-born Mark Rylance (Oliver Cromwell), Damien Lewis (Henry VIII), Claire Foy (Anne Boleyn), Jonathan Pryce (Cardinal Wolsey) and Mark Gatiss (Wolsey’s secretary Stephen Gardiner).

Wolf Hall - Penshurst PlaceWolf Hall, adapted from Hilary Mantel’s Booker Prize-winning novels in a six-part serial written by Oscar-nominated Peter Straughan and directed by Bafta-winning director Peter Kosminsky, charts the meteoric rise of Cromwell in the Tudor court from his lowly start as a blacksmith’s son, to Henry VIII’s closest advisor.  The drama will feature scenes shot in

several historic rooms at Penshurst Place, including The Long Gallery, Tapestry Room, Queen Elizabeth Room and Baron’s Hall; used as York Place and Whitehall.

The Great Fire comes to Penshurst Place & Gardens

Kent historic home to feature in major new ITV1 historical drama to be broadcast at 9pm on Thursday 16th October 2014

The Great Fire - Penshurst Place

The first of a major new four-part historical drama shot at Penshurst Place and Gardens earlier this year is to be shown on ITV1, starting on Thursday evening, 16 October at 9pm.

Penshurst Place & Gardens will feature as the setting for the Palace of Whitehall in all four episodes of The Great Fire with notable actors including Andrew Buchan, Jack Huston, Rose Leslie, Daniel Mays, Charles Dance, Perdita Weeks, Oliver Jackson-Cohen and Antonia Clarke appearing in the drama filmed at the Kent ancestral home on 12th – 15th March.


The Penshurst Blacksmith

Penshurst Forge by Richard Wheatland
Read Michael Skinner's account of John Ephraim Skinner, the Penshurst blacksmith, whose name can still be seen above the forge today.

Illustration by kind permission of Richard Wheatland


Action Window Cleaning are looking for additional customers in Penshurst to make it worthwhile coming here. If you are wanting a window cleaner to visit every 6 weeks (uses the pole method) then please telephone 07971 051532

Were Arthur and Terry in Penshurst?

George Cole OBE and Dennis Waterman from Minder Did Penshurst Point-to-Point feature in Minder, the TV series starring George Cole OBE and Dennis Waterman?

The Fans of Minder website is trying to document the locations used in all 116 episodes of the show and think part of an episode might have been filmed at a Penshurst Point-to-Point meeting in 1979/1980.

The episode, National Pelmet, Series 2 Episode 1 is on YouTube here:

The location features right at the start of the episode at 1m:17s - if you recognise anyone there or remember it let us know!


Memories of childhood in a Kentish village during the Second World War
A wartime childhood in Penshurst
Born in Penshurst in the thirties, David Martin spent his childhood there until the 1950s. He lived in the village in what is now the doctors’ surgery and has just completed a wonderfully evocative account of his memories of Penshurst during World War II. This is published here in serial form.


Changing Scenes of Life: a partial autobiography by Michael Skinner

Michael Skinner's personal recollections of life in rural Kent from the 1930s to the 1950s can be bought here through Amazon.


Forge Stores now open Wednesday afternoons...

The Forge Stores Penshurst Forge now opens on Wednesday afternoons.

Penshurst may only have one shop but it is now open from 6.30 am weekdays and on Saturday and Sunday mornings.

Originally a village forge and still retaining the original wooden floor, our community shop also now has a National Lottery machine.

Carrot Cake Query

And SDKB Photography ( writes from Surrey:

"If you are able to pass on the recipe for the carrot cake which we enjoyed so much at Quaintways that would be fabulous."

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