What the historian Sir John Dunlop, writing in 1964, called 'The Pleasant Town of Sevenoaks' has come a long way since it was established as a small market town in Saxon times. Now an affluent town benefitting from excellent transport links, it has for many years attracted those, often with young families, who appreciate its enviable position, not too far from London, yet surrounded by stunning countryside, with excellent schools and a good range of shops and other facilities.
Sevenoaks & Around Through Time provides readers with a visual journey through the history of the town and its villages, using old and new photographs to show how much the town has changed, but also how much has stayed the same. It is this mix of old and new that contributes so much to the character of Sevenoaks, which is still - in the twenty-first century - a pleasant town.
Russell Harper is a commercial photographer who has always had a keen interest in local history. He has lived in Sevenoaks since 1997, and now lives close to the centre of the town with his wife and two sons. He is a member of The Sevenoaks Society.