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.

Rowhurst excavations 2019-2022


Rowhurst - Fire and Iron Gallery

A community test-pitting program took place in 2019 at Rowhurst near Leatherhead in Surrey. The site has a Grade II* listed building on the site dating back to 1346 and surface finds on the site included Bronze Age and Roman pottery and an Iron Age gold stater. The public were given experience in both test-pitting and finds processing.

Talk on the post -medieval iron industry in the Weald


As a change to our normal ZOOM meetings Dorking Local History Group have invited SIHG members to come along to their January talk.  The talk is about  " The Post-Medieval Iron Industry in the Weald" and will be given by Jeremy Hodgkinson.

It is on Monday 8th January at the Crossways Community Baptist Church , Junction Rd, Dorking RH 4 3 HB doors open at 7pm and the talk starts at 7:30pm. Admission is free for SIHG members  who are also invited to go for a drink and a chat to the nearby House at Home pub after the meeting.   There is no need to book , just turn up!

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.

SIHG Zoom Meeting: The Time Ball at Greenwich


The talk covers the complete history from the initial ideas in 1827, installation in 1833, and then the evolving method of control. One method of control was due to an electronic system that I designed to take the time from the NPL controlled low frequency time service, MSF. This worked for a number of years until the Observatory was struck by lightning, with time now derived from GPS.  This talk will be given by Doug Bateman, Antiquarian Horological Society


SIHG Zoom Meeting: Mills on the River Wandle


In 1805 the River Wandle was described as the hardest working river for its size in the world. With around 150 mills and a number of different industries this talk covers over 200 years of history. The talk will be given by Mick Taylor, volunteer/general manager Wandle Industrial Museum.


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:-  

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.

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


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