The Marden Library and Heritage Centre

Welcome to the website and archive of the Marden History Group.

The village of Marden is situated 9 miles south of Maidstone in Kent, England. In the Dark Ages herdsmen visited the uninhabited thick forests and marshes of the Weald of Kent in the autumn to feed their pigs on acorns & beech mast. During these visits they lived in clearings known as “dens”. In time these developed into permanent settlements, and so Marden grew. Over the centuries the woollen cloth trade, hops & fruit orchards brought prosperity to the village.

The Marden History Group has adopted this engraving of a den, by Vic Symonds of Marden, as its logo. Through this web site we seek to tell the story of the village from its earliest days to times within living memory, through parish records, oral histories and photographic and written archives. If you have a connection with Marden and have a contribution to make please get in touch.

Join the History Group – become a member. We have members throughout the world.

Membership will entitle you access to the complete set of digitised records that the History Group has archived over the last fifteen years. With plenty more to come! Marden Parish has the largest collections of historic documents any parish in Kent.

Heritage Centre:

Visit the Heritage Centre and see our collection for yourself. Our centre is situated in a section of the Marden Library.

We have a wide range of digital records on our computers, physical files, historic artefacts, documents and pictures. We also have a unique collection of self-authored books about Marden for sale.

The centre is open for casual browsing whenever the library is open. Enquiry forms will be available on the desk if you would like to arrange further investigations.

We have volunteers who are present for some of the opening hours of the Library listed below.

If you have a specific research request, please email research@mardenhistory.org.uk and arrange a time for you to come. The volunteers can then do some preparation prior to your visit.

Heritage Centre Opening Hours:

  • Monday
    – Closed
  • Tuesday
    – 10.30 am – 12.30 pm; 2.30 pm – 4.30 pm
  • Wednesday
    – 10.30 am – 12.30 pm; 2.30 pm – 4.30 pm
  • Thursday
    – 10.30 am – 12.30 pm; 2.30 pm – 4.30 pm
  • Friday
    – 10.30 am – 12.30 pm; 2.30 pm – 4.30 pm
  • Saturday
    – 10.00 am to 12.30 pm
  • Sunday
    – Closed

Address:
Marden Library and Heritage Centre, High Street, Marden, Kent, TN12 9DP.

Contacts:
Email: history@mardenhistory.org.uk
Website: http://www.mardenhistory.org.uk

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