1788: Basingstoke Canal

November 5, 201210:53 am

Work began to build the Basingstoke Canal at Woodham in late 1788 where the canal was to join the Wey Navigation and on the Greywell Tunnel which was 1,200 yards in length. The canal opened to Horsell in 1791, Pirbright in 1792 and Basingstoke in 1794.

1730: Clandon Park

November 5, 201210:53 am

Clandon Park, West Clandon, was built c.1730 for the 2nd Lord Onslow by the Venetian architect Giacomo Leoni

1775: Highway robbery at Bagshot

November 5, 201210:53 am

Travellers were robbed by a highwayman on Bagshot Heath in 1775

1889: Surrey County Council

November 5, 201210:53 am

Surrey County Council was established in 1889, taking over many local government duties from Surrey Quarter Sessions.

1895: National Trust founded

November 5, 201210:53 am

Sir Robert Hunter of Haslemere is one of the co-founders of the National Trust. His papers are held at Surrey History Centre.

Historic Surrey Records to go Online

October 23, 20129:31 am

Images of thousands of historic documents are to be published online thanks to Surrey County Council and the family history website Ancestry.co.uk. Click here to find out which documents will be digitised for viewing online. The documents contain unique information about millions of people who lived in Surrey since the Tudor Age from all sections […]

Was your ancestor sent to Surrey County Gaol?

March 12, 201212:59 pmLeave a Comment

An online index to the register of deaths, 1798 – 1878, in the prison is now available. The gaol in Horsemonger Lane, Newington, was Surrey’s principal prison and place of execution up to its closure in 1878.   The gaol housed both criminals and debtors, and had a a capacity of around 300 inmates. The index […]

Surrey History Centre – Archive of the Year Award 2012

February 25, 20121:30 pmLeave a Comment

Dr Nick Barratt, Lead Consultant for BBC’s “Who Do You Think You Are?” and Editor in Chief of Your Family History presented Julian Pooley, Surrey History Centre Manager, with the Archive of the Year Award 2012. Your Family History Magazine Archive of the Year Award 2012   Julian Pooley, Surrey History Centre, with Nick Barratt, […]

Surrey is a winner – 100 images of migration competition

December 2, 20111:01 pmLeave a Comment

A rare and unique photograph of John Springfield, a Zanzibar slave and later resident of Guildford (1847-1891), is one the winners in the 100 Images of Migration competition organised by The Guardian newspaper and The Migration Museum. The John Springfield collection is part of the Surrey History Centre archive (Ref.1714) and his story was researched […]

Titanic Sinks

April 15, 191211:05 amLeave a Comment

Jack Phillips from Godalming was the wireless operator on the Titanic when it sank in 1912. There is a memorial garden in the town.