Esher District Local History Society

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News Items: A Service of Thanksgiving for the life of John Douglas Smith, Chairman of Walton and Weybridge Local History Society at Weybridge United Reformed Church, Queen's Road on Monday 14th December 2015.

Past Events: A short report about the meeting on Saturday 16th January 2016 when members listened to Keith Hathaway talk about "Eadweard Muybridge, father of the movies". The new book "Esher Origins and Development of a Surrey Village in Maps" by Jo Richards and EDLHS was available at the meeting.

Claygate War Memorial: Second World War section, information has been added to those names were known in November 2015.

Future Events: Where known the dates of future speakers added until December 2016.

One of the pages gives a search facility for this website.

Welcome, the Society was founded at a public meeting in May 1968 with a committee consisting of well known local historians such as: E. Royston Pike, Rowland Baker, Arthur E. Berry, T.E.C. Walker F.S.A., G.B. Greenwood, Richard Haynes, T.S. Mercer and remarkably David Taylor who is a current Vice-President.

As well as Esher, the Society covers the communities of East and West Molesey, Thames Ditton and Long Ditton, Hinchley Wood, Claygate, Oxshott and Cobham. Quite a wide parish representing the former administrative area of Esher Urban District Council.

The steady membership of 180 is divided into those who enjoy the atmosphere of meetings and outings arranged by the committee and those who only attend a study based event such as a tour of the Surrey History Centre in Woking. One objective of the Society is to awaken and foster an informed interest in the history of the neighbourhood of the former Urban District of Esher.

If you have any query please address your message to

Our President Christine Whittle-Dall is also a local artist who painted this charming picture of Wayneflete Tower. In April 2011 Christine published a book entitled "A Box of Paints" which contains some of her work including local scenes and also reflections on her life and painting.



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