heritage week


'HERITAGE HYTHE' - 12th - 22nd August 2021

Heritage Hythe has now officially ended. Displays have been removed from lamp columns etc., and open spaces but due to the popularity some displays are likely to remain for a little longer. These include the displays at St Leonard's Church, The Lazy Shack - Fisherman's Beach, the Hope Inn, the Bell Inn, and at Sainsbury's - inside. As we have received a large amount of positive feedback, including questions about some permanent display or a book, the Committee will consider how best to take these suggestions forward. These web pages, including the film archive and links to other websites, will remain in place for a little longer. Thank you for your interest and for supporting Heritage Hythe.


'Heritage Hythe' was a series of events originally planned to celebrate Hythe Civic Society's 75th anniversary in 2020, but had to be postponed due to the Pandemic.

This was brought forward to 2021, resulting in a very successful, 11 day event.

On this page you will find more about the plans and events that took place. There are links to archived film footage relating to Hythe, plus an online quiz - 75 questions for the 75 years our Society has been in existence!


List of acknowledgements


Heritage Hythe Displays, Suggested Walks and Maps

Self-guided walking trails that passed the displays were available throughout the event period.

There were 5 walks: The High Street - Red Lion Walk - Fisherman's Walk - Church Walk & Ladies' Walk. The plans for these can be viewed here 5 Walks

As the Displays and Walk Trails were entended, the answers to the trail questions will now appear on this site later in September. We are pleased that many people undertook some or all of the walks and from the feedback received it's clear there remains a keen interest in Hythe's rich history and heritage.

Film and Video featuring Hythe

We are pleased to be able to present links to a number of film clips about Hythe and its features from times past. The links are from Screen Archive South East, British Pathe, and Cream of Cards TV, and one from Paper Boat Documentaries.

The 75 Quiz

The quiz questions & answers are on the link above.


Hythe Local History Group

Formed of local society members the group meets monthly and researches, records and publishes detailed aspects of Hythe’s history.

The Civic Society & History group were given the diary of Alfred Horton. A member of one of Hythes prominent families. We have permission the publish an extract of it here.


Links to other Clubs and Societies etc

Hythe’s rich social history is reflected in the many societies, clubs, community and social organisations that have come about over a long period of time. Here we present links to some of these, plus other useful links which we hope you will find of interest.

The Events.

August 12th - 22nd

During the 11 days there were over 200 posters displayed throughout Hythe detailing the history and heritage of that site. There were 5 self-guided walks with detailed maps of the posters.

August 13-15 and 20-22

This stand had information posters about the Grand Redoubt, Hythe's Conservation area plan, HCS publications and aerial photos and paintings.

Special displays were featured at Sainsbury's regarding the Small Arms School; at Fisherman's Beach featuring the history of Hythe's Lifeboats and the Ranges; at the RHDR station in conjunction with the RHDR's Heritage Group; and in St Leonard's Church. Many of the High Street shops had posters in their windows.

August 12 & 19

A Special Guided Walk of Hythe and St Leonard's Church took place. Starting from the Town Hall.

August 13

7 pm at St Leonard's Church - Festival launch

7.30 pm: Welcome by Chairman and President.

An Evening Talk - Historically, The Impact of Enemy Invasions on our bit of coast, given by Mike Umbers: £5 at the door, which includes a drink.

A glass of wine/soft drink on entry and time to browse the archive photos


August 21

7.30 pm St Leonard's Church. Celebratory concert with the Ashford Youth Jazz Orchestra.