Local History

All the resources on Exploring Surrey’s Past can be useful for local history. Exploring Surrey’s Past features one special local history resource – a collection of local history images.

You can search for, and view, images digitised by Caterham and District Local History Centre.

You can visit the Caterham and District Local History Centre at Caterham Valley Library to see more images in the collection.

There are seven local history centres based in Surrey libraries. These centres each offer an extensive range of resources relating to their local area.

Follow the links below to see the web pages of the seven centres for details of opening times, how to contact them and which places they cover.

There are more than 40 museums in Surrey and most can tell you about the local history of their area.

Guildford Institute Library holds a collection of local history books, ephemera, prints and drawings relating to the history, antiquities and topography of Guildford and Surrey, including much unique material. Members of the public may visit by prior arrangement with the librarian.

Surrey History Centre holds the largest collection of printed local history books in the county, along with maps, photographs, archives and ephemera relating to the past and present of the whole county.

Find out more the archives at Surrey History Centre

Surrey Archaeological Society holds much unique material relating to the history and archaeology of Surrey.

There are useful links to many local societies on the Surrey History Centre website, if you would like to get involved in local history where you live.

23 thoughts on “Local History”

  1. Glenice Gare says:

    Dear Sirs
    I am researching my family of Remnant. Currently, I have traced Matthew and Rebecca Remnant who appeared in Thursley, Surrey, where their six children were baptised from 1625 at St Michael’s & All Angels Church. It is not known from where they came or where they married, but
    I suspect Matthew and Rebecca may have come from Limpsfield.
    Can you please direct me to any early Limpsfield records around or before this period as I have ‘brick walled’.
    Or perhaps there is a researcher (as I live in South Australia) who may be able to help me.
    Glenice Gare

  2. Lisa Renery says:

    Does anyone have any information on the FIAT factory that employed Italian immigrants (e.g. my grandfather) to work as mechanics? The 1910 census reads the boarding house address that he lived at as Hillside, Byfleet Road, Weybridge (Byfleet parish) but I can’t find any information on the FIAT corporate history site. Thank you so much for any help you can give!


  3. Jeanette says:

    Looking for info on 1 Style Cottage, Brighton Road, Reigate, Surrey for period in 1950 – 1957. I believe it was a boarding lodging house ran by a Ellen Silver? Any info appreciated. Thank you

    1. Vic Townsend. says:

      I have a Kellys Directory 1959.The Lady you mentioned lived in Redhill.Mrs E.E.Silver,I,Stile Cottage.I’ll have a look more into my other Directories.Hope this helps.

  4. graeme sergeant says:

    I am looking for Margaret Quigley,who ran a childrens home at Gayfere House in Coulsdon.Tollers Lane. All information will be treated in strit Confidence.

    1. Graeme sergeant says:

      The property was Gayfere House,It is very important

    2. Dorothy Wright says:

      Try to trace Binfield House this name appears on my grandfathers birth certificate as his place of birth in 1896.

  5. Sue Bradley says:

    I am looking for Henry Holland 1766-1836 who was married (1792) to Mary Elphs 1767-? I think they had 9 children. Mary may have been married before to Thomas Grant in 1784 but not sure if they had children.

    Thank you for your help.

    1. Ann Hammond says:

      Hello Sue,
      I am also tracing Henry Holland from Godalming. There is a transcript of his will on the internet, I think I just googled Henry Holland hosier. The original is on Ancestry for Canterbury wills.It mentions Thomas Grant and his wife Mary as the great grandparents of Henry Holland, son of Henry Hall Holland who was the eldest son of Henry Holland and Mary Elphs. So I wonder if the Grants are Mary Elphs grandparents. I have 8 children, Mary, Henry Hall, Thomas Grant, William Elphs, Philip, George, Ann and Thomas. I’d love to compare more info if possible

  6. Sue commerford says:

    Hi I am looking for the family Hughes .who lived in Ashford common in the 1900. They had a coach and cart business and maybe a smithy. Which I believe later became .The black dog public house. Does anyone have any information.

    1. Laura Wilson says:

      Hi there,
      I am descended from Hughes of Staines Road, North Feltham. Walter Henry Hughes was a tinsmith/blacksmith. There was a pub called the Black Dog on the Staines Road. Is this the same family?

  7. Sue Todd says:

    I was in a childrens home in Englefield Green, or egham in 1964; my mother worked there and we lived in a caravan in the grounds. We had picnics near Great Windsor Park. Please can you help me trace the home

    1. Jennifer says:

      Hi sue I was wandering if you had any siblings? I’m looking for some family members of my mothers my two aunt and uncles who stayed in a caravan in Guildford Normandy in 1962.

    2. Natasha says:

      Hello Sue
      I have also been trying to find information about a children’s home that I lived in from 1962 –
      1969 when it closed. I seem to remember it being called “Greenways Nursery” and it
      Was situated by Windsor Park where the children and nurses went for walks on a weekly basis.
      I remember there being four caravans in the grounds for staff and their families.
      Was your mother the matron at the nursery and do you have a brother called David?.
      The lady who ran the nursery was called Mrs Priest.

  8. Frances Krug says:

    Hi, I’m looking for any information about a house called “The Homestead” on Grove Road in Sutton, Surrey. It was acquired by the High School for Girls about 1930.

    My grandmother worked as a servant there and left in sometime in 1923. I’ve recently discovered who my grandfather was and am trying to find out more about her time there. Thanks!

  9. Dave says:

    Anyone with memories of 50/52 Horley Road, Earlswood in the early 1960’s?
    I believe it was run as a transport cafe, in 1960 -62 possibly with a Norman Champion as proprietor?
    Any memories most welcome,

  10. Carolyn says:

    Was there a palace in Guildford as there is a road called Old Palace road near Onslow Village?

  11. Terry Budd says:

    after any information on
    Central electricity Research Laboratories ( C.E.R L ) in Leatherhead Surrey

  12. Abigail says:

    Does anyone know where the author George MacDonald’s house is in St John’s Wood, Haslemere? He was there around the 1890,s or maybe earlier and died in Ashford in 1905. Would love to see a photo of it.
    Many thanks

  13. Mary Kury says:

    Hello, I am Researching my husband’s great grandfather: Joseph Kury. He was employed as a watchmaker by the East Surrey Regiment. He was presented with a watch to mark 25 years with them. He lived at No 7 Osborne Rd Kingston on Thames with his wife Romana Hummel and their children. We know they both came from Baden Baden in Germany. He died in 1902 when his family were quite young so the link has been lost and we cannot find which village in Baden he came from. Would the East Surrey Regiment have an employment record of Joseph, if yes how could I access it? Any help or suggestion would be most welcome. Is there a local directory of Kingston on Thames which may list Joseph as a watchmaker journeyman.
    Kind regards
    Mary Kury

  14. Elizabeth McGregor-Johnson says:

    Hello, We have recently moved to Englefield Green. Our house used to be the Coach House of a Bulkeley House which was built in the 1780s . Originally, the house had a large estate which gradually got sold off. Is there any where I could find a copy of the plans of the old house? Someone told me there was an ice house, and I would love to know where it was!

    Thank you,
    E. Johnson

  15. Dave Ansell says:

    Can anyone help me with the history of ‘Bowling Clubs in Epsom and Ewell’, in particular Epsom Court, we know it was founded in 1935 as ‘Epsom Brotherhood’. There was a small Clubhouse, which was enlarged by the members, I believe in the ’90’s, but not 100%. There is now a new clubhouse. The current Members are trying to trace any history to include on our website.

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