Esher District Local History Society

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Past Events: Saturday 10th December 2016, a short report about speakers at the Christmas meeting which included David Meggitt and the story of the current Hampton Court Bridge and Jon Moore who looked at the completion of the large bronze sculpture 'The Quadriga' at Hyde Park Corner which had been completed at the Thames Ditton foundry.

Past Events: Saturday 12th November 2016, a short report about The Turning Point - the Impact of the Battle of the Somme on British Society by Andy Thompson.

News Items: Details of the Service in Remembrance of our President Christine Whittle-Dall which took place at Surbiton Hill Methodist Church on Friday 30th September 2016. An Obituary appeared in the Winter 2016 newsletter and will be entered on the website soon.

Future Events: Dates and speakers and a visit shown until May 2017.

100th anniversaries

George Bertie Stickland, Private 102nd Field Ambulance, Royal Army Medical Corps who died in a military hospital at Colchester on 30th October 1916 aged 38.

Buried and Remembered with Honour at Claygate (Holy Trinity) Churchyard, Claygate, Surrey.

Roland Charles Scott, Acting Bombardier, Royal Horse Artillery who died on Wednesday 15th November 1916 aged 28 of Telegraph Lane, Claygate.

Remembered with Honour Guards' Cemetery, Lesboeufs.


Further details appear on the Claygate War Memorial Page.


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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.

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Our late President Christine Whittle-Dall was 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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