Local History

local_history_icon 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 website of Surrey History Centre, if you would like to get involved in local history where you live.

11 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

  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

  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.

  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.

  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!

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