AGM – 25th October

The History Society AGM will be held in the Kingston Reading Room at 7:30pm on Thursday 25th October where there will be a welcoming drink and light refreshments, followed by Society reports and Committee elections.

Chapel Row, 28th February 2018 (by Bob Musk)

Come along and see the exhibition of photographs recording “Kingston 2018The Beast from the East and other notable events – a living history” 

If you have photographs or recollections that you feel could be included, please send them to by 20th October. Photographs should be accompanied by a description of the places, people and events involved.

2018/19 programme of events

The programme of events for October 2018 to June 2019 is now here

Membership subscription increase to £5 per person

The Committee is proposing an increase in the subscription, to be approved at the AGM at which those who are members for 2017/18 will be entitled to vote. Because of this proposal membership subscriptions for 2018/19 will be collected at the end of the meeting.

RAF Harrowbeer in WWII, 24th May at 7:30

Come along to the Reading Room at 7:30 on Thursday 24th May for an illustrated talk about the history of RAF Harrowbeer, near Yelverton, that was in use during the Second World War as a fighter base.

Come along a bit earlier for a glass of wine or fruit juice.

klhs poster for stephen fryer

For more information see

Meeting Report

Hemerdon House open days

Hemerdon, garden
The walled garden

On Saturday 21st April 23 members of the Society were given a fascinating guided tour of Hemerdon House, near Sparkwell, and walked around the grounds to see the walled garden and large pond.



Open Days this year are:
  • May 3rd to 7th inclusive
  • May 26th, 27th and 28th
  • June 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th and 16th
  • July 18th, 19th, 20th, 21st and 22nd
  • August 25th, 26th and 27th
No need to book, just turn up at 2.15pm or 4pm for a tour of approximately an hour and a quarter, starting at either 2.30 or just after 4pm.

A Thousand Years at Thorn – Thursday 22nd March at 7:30

Thorn House, Wembury

John Gibson, joint owner of Thorn House, Wembury- overlooking the banks of the River Yealm with a historical garden created by William Arkwright -will take us back through the history of the estate.


Come along to the Reading Room from 7pm for a refreshment before the talk, which will start at 7:30.

klhs poster for thorn talk