Historic Environment Record

A Night To Remember

April 13, 201811:14 amLeave a Comment

On the  15th April 1912 an event occurred that shocked the world, played out in the early hours of the morning.  On her maiden voyage across the Atlantic the RMS Titanic of the White Star Line sank following a collision with an iceberg with a large loss of life amongst its passengers and crew In this […]

How did that get here? A forgotten folder of notes on the history of Shepperton

March 22, 20183:02 pmLeave a Comment

We hold a lot of published and unpublished material at our main Historic Environment Record (HER) office space in Surrey County Hall, from 19th-century archaeological journals through to newly-published books and all sorts more besides. Lately, we’ve been sorting through and reorganising our bookshelves, and in the process have made a remarkable (re)discovery. It may not look like much from the […]

Sites of Suffragette history in the Surrey Historic Environment Record

February 6, 20185:46 pmLeave a Comment

To mark the centenary of the passing of The Representation of the People Act on 6th February 1918, by which some British women received the right to vote for the first time, this blog post takes a look at some of the buildings in Surrey that are entered in the Historic Environment Record and still survive as witnesses […]

Signal The Fleet! Surrey’s Semaphore Stations

February 13, 201712:54 pmLeave a Comment

 From the Late 18th Century Surrey formed part of a crucial communication link to London. Consisting of a line of buildings with odd looking structures built on the roofs, we look into one of Surrey’s more unusual buildings. Origins of the Semaphore Station In 1796  the Admiralty authorised the construction of a line of communication stations developed in […]

12 Days of Christmas- Twelve Drummers Drumming

December 24, 20169:00 amLeave a Comment

On the Twelfth Day of Christmas My True Love Gave to Me Twelve Drummers Drumming The photo below shows Drummers leading soldiers out of Stoughton Barracks, Guildford as they depart for manoeuvers in 1905. Stoughton Barracks was the home of the Queen’s Royal (West Surrey) Regiment from 1876 to 1959. The hospital in the grounds was utilised […]

12 Days of Christmas Eleven Pipers Piping

December 23, 20169:00 amLeave a Comment

On the Eleventh Day of Christmas my true love gave to me Eleven Pipers Piping Clay pipes are frequently found throughout the County. One collection, of over 1300 pieces of clay pipe was found over a number of years on a single Farnham allotment. This shows the consumption of pipes in Farnham from c.1600 AD […]

12 Days of Christmas- Ten Lords a Leaping

December 22, 20169:00 amLeave a Comment

On the Tenth Day of Christmas My True Love Gave to Me Ten Lords a Leaping Since the Norman invasion of 1066 those higher up the social hierarchy have built castles and manors to defend the realm and demonstrate their authority. Later, partly due to the proximity to London, Surrey became the home to a […]

12 Days of Christmas-Nine Ladies Dancing

December 21, 20169:00 amLeave a Comment

On the Ninth day of Christmas my true love gave to me Nine Ladies Dancing Ladies Dancing could almost certainly have been found at the Majestic Picture Theatre and Dance Hall, Staines. The picture theatre, which opened in 1929 was a large ornate building of Venetian design, and a prominent feature of the town. The […]

12 Days of Christmas- Eight Maids A-milking

December 20, 201610:05 amLeave a Comment

On the Eighth day of Christmas my true love gave to me: Eight Maids A-Milking Cattle were commonly kept in the open until the end of the 18th century, although there are some references to housing them from the 16th century. The type of housing provided varied considerably until housing became general in the mid […]

The 12 Days of Christmas- Seven Swans A-swimming

December 19, 20169:00 amLeave a Comment

On the Seventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me: Seven Swans A-swimming An elaborate ladle with a head fashioned into the shape of a swan or duck head was found at Farley Heath Roman Temple, near Albury. The ladle is of Copper Alloy and, based on the style, is likely to date […]