19th century

Albury Park geophysical survey and test pitting 2023

The original medieval settlement and manor of Albury, in Albury Park, is well-known for its displacement by the local lord(s) of the manor in the late 18th and early 19th century and re-location a kilometre away, to the present-day village, formerly the manor of Weston. Little is known of its earlier history, including its precise extent and any evidence of medieval activity beyond its Domesday ‘Old Saxon’ church (TQ 0631 4785) and mill along the banks of the Tillingbourne.

SIHG Zoom Meeting: People and Families of the Wandle Valley


The River Wandle has long been an attraction to individuals and their families. Some have come to work and have  their business on the banks of the river others have decided to live by the river. This talk tells the story of some famous names and those lesser known people who have lived and worked in the Wandle Valley.  This talk will be given by Mick Taylor, Volunteer/General Manager at the Wandle Industrial Museum.

SIHG Zoom Meeting: The Development of the Battleship CANCELLED


Ships like HMS Victory remained in active service for more than 50 years. Battleship development was so rapid post HMS Warrior most battleships were obsolete after only ten years and few had a service life of more than seventeen years. This talk will be given by Bob Bryson, Chairman SIHG.

Any member of SIHG or SyAS who would like to receive details about joining one or all of these meetings, and don't already get details sent to them, should send their name and e-mail address to:-  meetings@sihg.org.uk

This meeting has been CANCELLED

SIHG Zoom Meeting: Trouble at Mill: Life in the Victorian Factories


William Blake famously wrote about the 'dark satanic mills'of Victorian Britain, but was this really the case? In this talk we will explore what it was like to work in Victorian factories and the relationship between the workers and the factory owners. We will discover why trade unions were formed and what they achieved. Find out more as we go through the Victorian factory gates with Richard Mark, freelance professional historian.


SIHG Zoom meeting : When the Railways came to Guildford


The illustrated talk covers the history of the railways coming to Guildford in 1845 and its impact on the town to the various forms  of traction from steam to diesels and electrics of present day. A tremendous selection of unseen photographs will be included. The talk will be given jointly by David Rose, Local historian & writer and Geoff Burch, ex-railwayman and author.

Poverty - Local History Conference - CANCELLED


Due to the current Covid-19 situation we have decided to cancel this event on 21 March.  Hopefully it will be scheduled for a later date.

All those who have booked online should receive an email regarding their booking and the refund process.

Surrey Local History Committee

A Committee of Surrey Archaeological Society Registered Charity 272098

Providence Chapel, Charlwood


The newly renovated Providence Chapel in Charlwood will reopen on 6th April. This unique Grade II* listed building was originally built in Horsham in the late 1700s and moved to Charlwood in the early 1800s. It has now been renovated with help from a Heritage Lottery Fund grant and other donors and will now be available as a local community building and opened on regular occasions to the general public.

Details of the opening event are on the attached pdf 



Georgian Surrey– the age of enlightenment - ONLINE BOOKING NOW CLOSED

at Surrey History Centre 130, Goldsworth Road, Woking, Surrey, GU21 6ND

9.30 Registration

9.55 Chairman’s introductory remarks

10.00 Catherine Ferguson (University of Roehampton) : Introduction

10.20 Hilary Ely (Trustee of the Cranston Library) : Cranston Library

10.50 Coffee and tea

11.20 David Brookes (Bourne Hall Museum) : Epsom as a Spa Town

Weir House, Millmead, Guildford

Oxford Archaeology (OA) has carried out a programme of investigation and recording at Weir House in Guildford, Surrey, a Grade II Listed Building owned by the National Trust and situated in a Conservation Area. The house is in good condition and currently inhabited by tenants. The work is in advance of any possible changes that may be proposed in the future so that informed conservation recommendations can be made for practical and effective management that will not compromise the buildings special features and overall historic value.


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