Esher District Local History Society

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Past Events: A short report about the 50th AGM meeting on Saturday 21st April 2018 when Terry Gale was voted in as a new Chairman of the Society and Janet Heskins as a new Treasurer. After the formal part of the meeting Paul Langton spoke about "A Postcard Extravaganza".

There will be no visits during the Summer this year and our next meeting will be on Saturday 15th September 2018 at Holy Trinity Church Hall, Claygate. See Future Events for more information.

News Items: Spring 2018 newsletter was printed on Friday 16th March 2018 and commenced distribution at the meeting on Saturday 17th March 2018. It was posted to those unable to attend.

Five Claygate men who died in the Great War in August - December 1918 are recorded below.

100th anniversaries

Lawrence James Lavington Lieutenant 12th Sqdn., Royal Air Force died on 22nd August 1918 aged 19 , Maesmer, Gordon Road, Claygate

Remembered with Honour Bienvillers Military Cemetery

Walter George Whetstone Private 1st Bn., Royal Irish Fusiliers died on 21st October 1918 aged 19 of 1 Matthews Terrace, Common Road, Claygate. Walter was the third Whetstone brother to die in the Great War

Remembered with Honour Harlebeke New British Cemetery

George Lawrence Harris Private 688th M.T. Co., Army Service Corps died on 4th November 1918 aged 36 of Slough Farm, Claygate

Remembered with Honour Skopje British Cemetery

George Stovold Lance Corporal 1st Bn., Middlesex Regiment died on 6th November 1918 aged 33 of 1 Ash Cottages, Claygate

Remembered with Honour Berlaimont Communal Cemetery Extension

Walter Edmund Randall Private 8th Bn., Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry died on 6th December 1918 aged 24 of 4 Ash Cottages, Claygate. Died from pneumonia at Salonica

Remembered with Honour Sofia War Cemetery

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 Dr David Taylor who is our current 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 about the Society please address your message to

A lack of resources means that there will often be a long delay with replies


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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