Albury Park test pitting and open day


We will be returning for a second year of test pitting this season at Albury Park to investigate the deserted medieval settlement which once stretched across the course of the former road which continued all the way to Shere. The original village of Albury was displaced in the early 19th century (to its current location to the west), and little now remains standing of the former cottages. However, with the help of geophysical survey, LiDAR and - of course - a large-scale series of test pits spread across the site, we are working to uncover and learn more about the original settlement!

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.

Medieval Studies Forum - Members Day


A Meeting of the Forum has been arranged at which a series of talks will be presented by members of the Forum on a wide range of interesting topics.

The programme for the meeting is attached. The charge for the meeting is £5, payable on the door. All are welcome.

To help with practical arrangements including refreshments please e-mail to register your intention to attend.

Symposium 2024 - BOOK ONLINE NOW


The Annual Symposium of the Society will take place in East Horsley Village Hall. Online booking via PayPal at £12 per person is now available by clicking on the BOOK tab above. Due to difficulty in paying them in cheques cannot now be accepted. Online booking enables us to assess the catering requirements and streamlines the administration process.

Payment by cash on the day is discouraged but will be possible and exact change would be appreciated. Tickets cost £12 per person.

Geophysical Survey and Fieldworking Report of Neale’s Field, Chipstead 2022

In March 2022, a small team of volunteers from Surrey Archaeological Society carried out a geophysical magnetometry survey and fieldwalking exercise on Neale’s Field, Chipstead as part of a small community project. This work was undertaken in order to investigate an unusual concentration of early metal-detecting finds, most notably a number of rare 15th century coins, which led to speculation of the site being the possible location of a medieval fair which was recorded at Chipstead from the 13th century, and to define, date and characterise the site.

Medieval Studies Forum - Study Day - Chertsey Abbey


On Saturday 25th February a Study Day will be held at Chertsey Museum which will consider various aspects of Chertsey Abbey, its estates and the impact it had on local communities. Speakers include members of the Forum, Robert Briggs and Dr David Taylor plus Dr Mark Forrest of the Victoria County History, Wiltshire and Glouscestershire and Dr Euan Roger of The National Archives.

Graffiti Workshop


A workshop has been arranged at St Andrew's Church, Cobham to provide practical guidance on spotting and recording graffiti as an initial step in developing a project to record graffiti in Surrey's churches and perhaps other buildings. In addition to the practical sessions there will be a talk and tour of the church by Dr David Taylor.

For details of the day and to register your interest please contact Anne Sassin via

Zoom Lecture followed by Medieval Studies Forum AGM



A Zoom lecture "Merton's Literary Canons - the place and use of books at Merton Priory' by Katie Hawks, currently undertaking PhD studies at the History Department , University of Wales Trinity St David will be followed by the AGM of the Medieval Studies Forum. 

All are welcome to attend the lecture, which will start at 7pm. This will be followed at approximately 8pm by the Annual General Meeting of the Medieval Studies Forum  - only those who are registered members of the Forum can vote at the AGM.

Register in advance for this meeting at:

Medieval Pilgrimage self-guided trail

Medieval Pilgrimage in Surrey - a self-guided heritage walk incorporating St Martha's and St Catherine's, near Guildford

As part of the 'Journeys' theme for this year's Festival of Archaeology, Surrey Archaeological Society's Medieval Studies Forum have produced a self-guided heritage trail and leaflet which highlights the limited evidence for medieval pilgrimage within the county. This includes historical research on two ecclesiastical sites with limited evidence for pilgrimage taking place in medieval times, St Catherine's Chapel, Artington and the Church of St Martha-on-the-Hill near Guildford.

Study Day : Medieval Studies Group Pottery Day


The Medieval Studies Forum will be hosting a full study day devoted to pottery studies, looking at its historical, technical, social and economic aspects. The interesting programme covers a wide range of topics and will include a tribute to Steve Nelson, a member of the Society and the Forum who contributed a great deal to the study of Medieval Pottery. 

The programme has been finalised and is attached (as well as copied below). The cost of the day is £12. Payment can be made through PayPal or by cheque, which can be sent to the Society at the address indicated. 


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