The West Hoathly Local History Group was founded in 1983 by Sheila Allen and a collection of historical local photographs was started in about 1990. Since then the amount of material has grown rapidly and in 2008 the West Hoathly Local History Archive was established as a separate entity specifically to maintain, develop and publicise the collection.

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The Archive currently consists of around 1250 photographs, 507 documents, 109 maps and 14 recordings of reminiscences together with various artefacts.

The photographs are mostly in digital form as well as copies and originals. The digitisation of all the maps and documents is now complete.

An exhibition of all of the material is held annually and an exhibition of the photographs only is held bi annually as part of the Street Fair.

Look out for dates of events on the Hoathly Hub Calendar!


Please contact the Archive on 01342 810458
if you have anything which might be of interest.

Archivist: Dr John E Ralph
assisted by Anthony Smith and Julia Walker


a high-quality book by John Ralph

A unique collection of 674 old photographs depicting
West Hoathly Parish and its residents
over the past 100 years.

Price: £29.50

Available from the author - tel: 01342 810458

About £4,000 has been donated to local organisations from the book sales so far.

Catalogue of the Collection: