Sevenoaks, 21 miles SE of Charing Cross Station and only a 30 minute ride from where I am staying, is a small town of 18,000 that we’d think of as a suburb   of the larger city of London. As I said in my earlier post, it is also home to the 1000 acre Knole Park and house.  

Sevenoaks was first mentioned when it became a market town in the 13th century and every Saturday is still market day. There are many interesting shops located on and around the High Street. My last stop, of course, was the book store where I picked up a few titles I had been looking for to add to my history of the Sackville family.

Sevenoaks school and almshouse was founded in 1418 and the school is the oldest lay foundations in all of England. 


 In 1456, the Archbishop of Canterbury built Knole house. Queen Elizabeth I gave the house to the Sackvilles. 

Sevenoaks is also the home to Roto Sound, the musical string manufacturer. They made strings for Jimi Hendrix, Pete Townsend and Brian May, to name a few. 

I would like to visit again and see how they decorate during the Christmas holidays. 

There is a lot more to see here. Churches:

Window displays at the alms houses: 

Cute cars:

 But it’s late so good night for now:



About gretchen

I love living in the Pacific Northwest being close to the mountains and the ocean. My hobbies include photography, travel, reading, biking, walking and gardening. I am an Anglophile at heart and try to visit the UK often. My camera goes everywhere with me.
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