Surrey Industrial History Group

A Guide to the Industrial History of the Borough of Epsom and Ewell

The Borough of Epsom and Ewell is the smallest of the districts in Surrey, occupying an area of 3411 hectares in the northern part of the County. It is bounded on the south-east by Reigate and Banstead district; to the south-west by Mole Valley district; with the London Boroughs of Sutton and Kingston-upon-Thames to the north-east and north-west respectively. The population was 67,007 at the 1991 census.


A Guide to the Industrial History of Reigate and Banstead Borough

The Surrey Industrial History Group has now produced guides to each of the administrative districts of the county. This guide to Elmbridge is a revised edition of the earlier book written by the late Rowland G M Baker shortly before he died in 1987 and we acknowledge the help given by his work. Elmbridge Borough, like the other boroughs and districts in Surrey, was formed at the reorganisation of local government in 1974 when the Urban District of Walton and Weybridge merged with that of Esher.


Surrey and the Motor

There is more to historic Surrey in an industrial and transport sense than a first glance would suggest.  We have had  no major volume car or commercial vehicle manufacturer, but we have had over 100 different makes of car produced in the county at one time or another. Some of these progressed no further than a single prototype, others became small volume specialist manufacturers. Some of the more important ones are given detailed coverage in the book, an A to Z appendix briefly describes the rest.


The Diaries of James Simmons

James Simmons, master paper-maker of Haslemere in Surrey, kept a diary from 1831 until shortly before his death in 1868. It consisted of thirty-eight booklets most of which are made from paper he had produced himself. They present a fascinating account of his family and business affairs. The references to his paper-making activities form only a part of the diaries and it is these extracts, in the main, which are contained in the book. They provide a significant contribution to the understanding of the life of a paper-maker during a difficult period of the 19th century.


Origins & History of The Premier Cooler & Engineering Co

The Premier Cooler and Engineering Co., Ltd. manufactured wooden cooling towers and miscellaneous steel industrial equipment at its Station Works, Shalford, near Guildford, Surrey between 1920 and 1966. Premier Cooler was one of Shalford’s largest employers. Their products were installed in many power plants, chemical works, collieries and steel works in Britain and around the world.



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