HBHRS Books

HBHRS PUBLICATIONS – ‘Herne Bay Past’ Series

All of the following titles can be purchased online below or from any of the following:
The Demelza Bookshop, 165 Mortimer Street, Herne Bay, Bundle of Books, 6 Bank Street, Herne Bay, The Herne Bay Seaside Museum, 12 William Street, Herne Bay or by contacting John Fishpool at 19 Dering Road, Herne Bay, Kent CT6 5RD. Any queries, please use the form on the contact page.


HBP 1 – Herne Bay’s PiersHBP 1 – Herne Bay’s Piers

Written by the late Harold Gough, this is an expanded edition of a book that has been out of print for some years. This revised version has been chosen as the inaugural title in a new series of books on the Herne Bay area, and is seen as a fitting tribute to Harold who was an accomplished local historian. The book explains the story of how the town of Herne Bay really owes its existence to the first pier, built in 1831. Each of the three piers is covered in some detail right through to the present day. A chapter has been added on the pier at Hampton point that was built as a landing stage for the ill-fated Herne Bay Oyster Company.

Published October 2008. Soft Covers A4 size 42 pages high-grade glossy art paper. Price £7.50 Postage UK £2.00, overseas £5.00

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HBP 2 – Herne Bay’s Hotels and Public HousesHBP 2 – Herne Bay’s Hotels and Public Houses

Written by John Fishpool, this title covers the fascinating story of the town’s Hotels and Public Houses. The book contains an introductory chapter on the social context of the licensed trade, together with details of some of the early history of the town. Each building has been carefully researched and is covered by means of an individual entry, supported wherever possible by period images.

Published August 2009 Soft Covers A4 size 56 pages high-grade glossy art paper Price £7.50 Postage UK £2.00, overseas £5.00

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HBP 3 – Mills & Milling in the Herne Bay AreaHBP 3 – Mills & Milling in the Herne Bay Area

Written by the late Harold Gough. Windmills are an important part of our heritage and remain part of our lives today, often appearing as part of the rural landscape. There is evidence of milling activity in this part of East Kent dating back over one thousand years and, in the case of Herne, the windmill can still be seen standing proudly above the more modern development that surrounds it. A background early history is included in this book along with more details of the rural windmills at Herne, Chislet and Hoath, as well as the mill that once stood on the seafront at Herne Bay. The text covers not just the mills but also includes details of the people who owned and operated these important aspects of our economic history. Numerous period images are included in the text.

Published April 2010 Soft Covers A4 size 46 pages high-grade glossy art paper 26 greyscale images. Price £7.50 Postage UK £2.00, overseas £5.00

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HBP 4 – Schools and Colleges in the Herne Bay AreaHBP 4 – Schools and Colleges in the Herne Bay Area

Written by John Fishpool & Pauline Turner. Herne Bay was a popular location for schools and colleges over the years and this volume covers the wide variety of establishments run by the Church, local authorities and private entrepreneurs that have existed in the town over the past one hundred and seventy years. Extensively illustrated with images of buildings and classrooms as well as staff and pupils.

Published August 2010 Soft Covers A4 size 48 pages high-grade glossy art paper 46 greyscale images. Price £7.50 Postage UK £2.00, overseas £5.00

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Herne Bay's Piers HBP1: Herne Bay’s Piers

Written by the late Harold Gough, this is an expanded edition of a book that has been out of print for some years. This revised version has been chosen as the inaugural title in a new series of books on the Herne Bay area, and is seen as a fitting tribute to Harold who was an accomplished local historian. The book explains the story of how the town of Herne Bay really owes its existence to the first pier, built in 1831. Each of the three piers is covered in some detail right through to the present day. A chapter has been added on the pier at Hampton point that was built as a landing stage for the ill-fated Herne Bay Oyster Company.

Published October 2008. Soft Covers A4 size 42 pages high-grade glossy art paper. Price £7.50 Postage UK £2.00, overseas £5.00

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Herne Bay's Piers HBP2: Herne Bay’s Hotels and Public Houses

Written by John Fishpool, this title covers the fascinating story of the town’s Hotels and Public Houses. The book contains an introductory chapter on the social context of the licensed trade, together with details of some of the early history of the town. Each building has been carefully researched and is covered by means of an individual entry, supported wherever possible by period images.

Published August 2009 Soft Covers A4 size 56 pages high-grade glossy art paper Price £7.50 Postage UK £2.00, overseas £5.00

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Mills and Milling in the Herne Bay area HBP3: Mills and Milling in the Herne Bay area

Written by the late Harold Gough. Windmills are an important part of our heritage and remain part of our lives today, often appearing as part of the rural landscape. There is evidence of milling activity in this part of East Kent dating back over one thousand years and, in the case of Herne, the windmill can still be seen standing proudly above the more modern development that surrounds it. A background early history is included in this book along with more details of the rural windmills at Herne, Chislet and Hoath, as well as the mill that once stood on the seafront at Herne Bay. The text covers not just the mills but also includes details of the people who owned and operated these important aspects of our economic history. Numerous period images are included in the text.

Published April 2010 Soft Covers A4 size 46 pages high-grade glossy art paper 26 greyscale images. Price £7.50 Postage UK £2.00, overseas £5.00

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Schools and Colleges in the Herne Bay area HBP4: Schools and Colleges in the Herne Bay area

Written by John Fishpool & Pauline Turner. Herne Bay was a popular location for schools and colleges over the years and this volume covers the wide variety of establishments run by the Church, local authorities and private entrepreneurs that have existed in the town over the past one hundred and seventy years. Extensively illustrated with images of buildings and classrooms as well as staff and pupils.

Published August 2010 Soft Covers A4 size 48 pages high-grade glossy art paper 46 greyscale images. Price £7.50 Postage UK £2.00, overseas £5.00

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HBP 5 – Herne Bay in the Second World WarHBP 5 – A Town At War – Herne Bay in the Second World War

Written by John Fishpool. This book brings together many stories relating to the town’s role during the Second World War – including the anti-invasion precautions and preparations for the ‘Dam Buster’ raids. The author was fortunate to be able to have access to the detailed wartime diaries of Inspector Charles Setterfield of the Kent County Constabulary and also the reminiscences of Charles Clark (Chief Public Health Inspector to the old Herne Bay Urban District Council and designated wartime ARP Casualty Commandant).

Published December 2010 Soft Covers A4 size 48 pages high-grade glossy art paper 26 greyscale images. Price £7.50 Postage UK £2.00, overseas £5.00

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HBP 6 – Victorian Herne BayHBP 6 – Victorian Herne Bay

Written by Mike Bundock. This illustrated history provides a flavour of what the town was like during its formative years in the 19th century. The population of the town more than doubled during the Victorian era largely as a result of improved transport facilities – initially the paddle-steamer and subsequently the arrival of the railway.

Published February 2011 Soft Covers A4 size 48 pages high-grade glossy art paper 120 greyscale images. Price £7.50 Postage UK £2.00, overseas £5.00

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HBP 7 – Smuggling In and Around the Herne Bay AreaHBP 7 – Smuggling In and Around the Herne Bay Area

Written by the late Harold Gough & John Fishpool. The coastal area around Herne Bay and Whitstable, with its close proximity to both London and the Continent, has always featured prominently in the story of smuggling from the early ‘owlers’ to the drug smugglers of the 21st century. The authors provide an overview of smuggling in the area and also the various Government bodies which were involved in combating this ‘wicked trade’. Details can be found of two of the most infamous smuggling gangs – the ‘Seasalter Company’ and the North Kent Gang – as well as the nefarious activities of such loners as Thomas Mount and William Wood.

Published October 2011 Soft Covers A4 size 50 pages high-grade glossy art paper 25 greyscale images. Price £7.50 Postage UK £2.00, overseas £5.00

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HBP 8 – Public Houses in the Herne Bay AreaHBP 8 – Public Houses in the Herne Bay Area

Written by John Fishpool. A companion volume to ‘Herne Bay’s Hotels & Public Houses’ (HBP 2) this book concentrates on the rural public houses surrounding the town. The author looks at the demise of the rural ‘pub’ in recent years and combines histories of the local hostelries with anecdotes concerning some of the more colourful licensees and customers.

Published June 2012 Soft Covers A4 size 54 pages high-grade glossy art paper 44 greyscale images. Price £7.50 Postage UK £2.00, overseas £5.00

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A Town at War - Herne Bay in the Second World War HBP5: A Town at War - Herne Bay in the Second World War

Written by John Fishpool. This book brings together many stories relating to the town’s role during the Second World War – including the anti-invasion precautions and preparations for the ‘Dam Buster’ raids. The author was fortunate to be able to have access to the detailed wartime diaries of Inspector Charles Setterfield of the Kent County Constabulary and also the reminiscences of Charles Clark (Chief Public Health Inspector to the old Herne Bay Urban District Council and designated wartime ARP Casualty Commandant).

Published December 2010 Soft Covers A4 size 48 pages high-grade glossy art paper 26 greyscale images. Price £7.50 Postage UK £2.00, overseas £5.00

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Victorian Herne Bay HBP6: Victorian Herne Bay

Written by Mike Bundock. This illustrated history provides a flavour of what the town was like during its formative years in the 19th century. The population of the town more than doubled during the Victorian era largely as a result of improved transport facilities – initially the paddle-steamer and subsequently the arrival of the railway.

Published February 2011 Soft Covers A4 size 48 pages high-grade glossy art paper 120 greyscale images. Price £7.50 Postage UK £2.00, overseas £5.00

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Smuggling In and Around the Herne Bay Area HBP7: Smuggling In and Around the Herne Bay Area

Written by the late Harold Gough & John Fishpool. The coastal area around Herne Bay and Whitstable, with its close proximity to both London and the Continent, has always featured prominently in the story of smuggling from the early ‘owlers’ to the drug smugglers of the 21st century. The authors provide an overview of smuggling in the area and also the various Government bodies which were involved in combating this ‘wicked trade’. Details can be found of two of the most infamous smuggling gangs – the ‘Seasalter Company’ and the North Kent Gang – as well as the nefarious activities of such loners as Thomas Mount and William Wood.

Published October 2011 Soft Covers A4 size 50 pages high-grade glossy art paper 25 greyscale images. Price £7.50 Postage UK £2.00, overseas £5.00

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Public Houses in the Herne Bay Area HBP8: Public Houses in the Herne Bay Area

Written by John Fishpool. A companion volume to ‘Herne Bay’s Hotels & Public Houses’ (HBP 2) this book concentrates on the rural public houses surrounding the town. The author looks at the demise of the rural ‘pub’ in recent years and combines histories of the local hostelries with anecdotes concerning some of the more colourful licensees and customers.

Published June 2012 Soft Covers A4 size 54 pages high-grade glossy art paper 44 greyscale images. Price £7.50 Postage UK £2.00, overseas £5.00

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HBP 9 – Will Scott & Herne BayHBP 9 – Will Scott & Herne Bay

Written by Kay Steventon & Judith Ford. The authors relate the story of their grandfather, Will Scott (1893-1964) – the Leeds-born caricaturist, author and playwright. Will Scott lived in Herne Bay for most of his adult life and found himself drawn into the life of the town. The authors explore Will Scott’s relationship with his adopted town and, in so doing, provide a fascinating view of Herne Bay from 1920 through to the mid 1960s.

Published March 2013. Soft covers A4 size 46 pages high-grade glossy art paper 42 greyscale images. Price £7.50 Postage UK £2.00, overseas £5.00

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HBP 10 – The Kings Hall Herne Bay – Celebrating 100 YearsHBP 10 – The Kings Hall Herne Bay – Celebrating 100 Years

Written by Mike Bundock. The author tells the story of the Kings Hall and its forerunner – the East Cliff Pavilion. The book was compiled to commemorate the centenary of the opening of the Kings Hall that took place on 10th July 1913. The official opening was performed by Her Royal Highness Princess Henry of Battenberg, and the royal visit to the town is covered in some detail. Some of the entertainments subsequently staged at this venue are also featured.

Published July 2013. Soft covers A4 size 54 pages high-grade glossy art paper 78 greyscale images. Price £7.50 Postage UK £2.00, overseas £5.00

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HBP 11 – Herne Bay Then & Now: A Pictorial History Celebrating 180 YearsHBP 11 – Herne Bay Then & Now: A Pictorial History Celebrating 180 Years

This book was commissioned to commemorate the 180th anniversary of the 1833 Act of Parliament for "improving, cleansing, lighting, watching, repairing and improving a certain portion of the Parish of Herne in the County of Kent” – thus establishing the basis for the present town of Herne Bay. The book features period images of the town alongside contemporary photographs taken from the same viewpoint in 2013.

Published October 2013. Soft covers A4 size 116 pages high-grade glossy art paper 208 greyscale images. Price £12.00 Postage UK £2.00, overseas £5.00

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HBP 12 – Herne Bay in the Great War 1914-1918HBP 12 – Herne Bay in the Great War 1914-1918

Written by John Fishpool, this is a companion volume to ‘A Town At War – Herne Bay in the Second World War’ (HBP 5). It is published to coincide with the centenary of the outbreak of a war which it was alleged would be “the war that will end war”. As well as recounting the story of Herne’s Victoria Cross recipient, it details the role of the town in caring for wounded soldiers and the impact of the war on the lives of ordinary men and women.

Published February 2014. Soft covers A4 size 60 pages high-grade glossy art paper 50 greyscale images Price £7.50 Postage UK £2.00, overseas £5.00

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Will Scott & Herne BayHBP 9 – Will Scott & Herne Bay

Written by Kay Steventon & Judith Ford. The authors relate the story of their grandfather, Will Scott (1893-1964) – the Leeds-born caricaturist, author and playwright. Will Scott lived in Herne Bay for most of his adult life and found himself drawn into the life of the town. The authors explore Will Scott’s relationship with his adopted town and, in so doing, provide a fascinating view of Herne Bay from 1920 through to the mid 1960s.

Published March 2013. Soft covers A4 size 46 pages high-grade glossy art paper 42 greyscale images. Price £7.50

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The Kings Hall Herne Bay – Celebrating 100 YearsHBP 10 – The Kings Hall Herne Bay – Celebrating 100 Years

Written by Mike Bundock. The author tells the story of the Kings Hall and its forerunner – the East Cliff Pavilion. The book was compiled to commemorate the centenary of the opening of the Kings Hall that took place on 10th July 1913. The official opening was performed by Her Royal Highness Princess Henry of Battenberg, and the royal visit to the town is covered in some detail. Some of the entertainments subsequently staged at this venue are also featured.

Published July 2013. Soft covers A4 size 54 pages high-grade glossy art paper 78 greyscale images. Price £7.50

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Herne Bay Then & Now: A Pictorial History Celebrating 180 YearsHBP 11 – Herne Bay Then & Now: A Pictorial History Celebrating 180 Years

This book was commissioned to commemorate the 180th anniversary of the 1833 Act of Parliament for "improving, cleansing, lighting, watching, repairing and improving a certain portion of the Parish of Herne in the County of Kent” – thus establishing the basis for the present town of Herne Bay. The book features period images of the town alongside contemporary photographs taken from the same viewpoint in 2013.

Published October 2013. Soft covers A4 size 116 pages high-grade glossy art paper 208 greyscale images. Price £12.00

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Herne Bay in the Great War 1914-1918HBP 12 – Herne Bay in the Great War 1914-1918

Written by John Fishpool, this is a companion volume to ‘A Town At War – Herne Bay in the Second World War’ (HBP 5). It is published to coincide with the centenary of the outbreak of a war which it was alleged would be “the war that will end war”. As well as recounting the story of Herne’s Victoria Cross recipient, it details the role of the town in caring for wounded soldiers and the impact of the war on the lives of ordinary men and women.

Published February 2014. Soft covers A4 size 60 pages high-grade glossy art paper 50 greyscale images Price £7.50

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Digging Up The PastHBP 13 – Digging Up The Past: The Archaeology and Early History of the Herne Bay Area.

Written by John Fishpool, this title attempts to give the reader an overall insight into the archaeology and early history of the area in and around what is now the town of Herne Bay. The cut-off point is 1833 – the date of the Act of Parliament which finally gave legal recognition to Herne Bay as a separate entity instead of merely being, as previously, a part of the Parish of Herne.

Published December 2017 Soft Covers A4 size 54 pages of high-grade glossy art paper 18 greyscale images. Price £7.50.

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