Help with searching

There are a number of ways that you can search the information held by Exploring Surrey’s Past.

Search All Records

The quickest way to start searching is to use the Search box located at the top right of each page.

Try putting in a name, keyword or phrase, the name of a particular site, or try a place familiar to you. You could also try a type of archaeological find or monument.

This searches across all of our databases, covering archives, archaeology, museums, local history as well as finding any themes written on the subject, place or person you are looking for.

From your search results list you can narrow down your query, by selecting one of the filters to the left hand side of the search results.

Near You
Postcode Search
The search tool on the maps lets you find out about archive items, archaeology and places near you – using a Surrey post code. Simply enter your full postcode in the format GU21 6ND.

The results will be plotted onto a map centered on the postcode you have entered. You can hover over and click on records to see more information.

Click on “Near To Me“and the website will automatically center the map near you (based on the location of the server being used to access the internet).

Advanced Search

If you are looking to search just one particular type of database, or even just a single database, you can try our advanced search. Use the Advanced tab at the top of each page or click this link.

There is a list of all the databases available on this site.  Select one or more of the collections and then enter the search terms in the text boxes. Then either press return or the search button at the bottom of the page. The search results can narrow further by selecting one of the filters to the left hand side of the search results.

The groupings are explained, and full details of the databases are given under How this site works.

5 thoughts on “Help with searching”

  1. Jan morris says:

    Trying to find details of sight testing rooms. High st Guildford in 1930’s next to Timothy whites

  2. Julia says:

    This is a fascinating site with heaps of research possibilities. Thank you for sharing this information and making it so readily available.

  3. Lorna says:

    I am researching an Indian student who was studying law at Oxford and was a member of the Middle Temple until his untimely death in 1890. He writes to Middle Temple using the address:
    Fairlawn, East Molesey Park, Surrey in March 1890.
    Any idea who lived at the house then? He actually died in Battersea on 27th September so I presume he was staying with a friend or there is some link to the Liberal Club from where he sends another letter at the same sort of date. Thank you for reading!

  4. Cherrelle Priestley says:

    Hi can anyone give me any more information or a photo would be amazing, of the old crossways house hooks hill , in the 1920s. My grandmother never got to meet her biological mother as she was adopted at birth and all we know is her mums name was Germaine Dubois, she was French and worked as a ladies maid in the crossways. We think her dad may of been a secret lover who also worked in crossways. Any info would be widely appreciated x thanks in advance

  5. Hi My wife died recently and her birth certificate has come to light,stating. She wa born in Middle House Darling road Epsom and Ewell in 1937 will you please forward to me details of the property at this date in time,Thank you in anticipation Thomas

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