Esher District Local History Society

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Past Events: A short report about the meeting on Saturday 14th October 2017 when Tim Redmond spoke to the Society about Big Ben.

News Items: The Autumn newsletter commenced distribution at the meeting on Saturday 16th September 2017 and was posted to those members unable to attend.

Future Events: Dates, and speakers when known, shown until May 2018.

Four Claygate men who died in the Great War in August and September 1917 are recorded below.

100th anniversaries

George Henry Dysart Private 2nd Canadian Mounted Rifles Battalion died 24th August 1917 aged 31, 2 Rose Cottages, Station Road

Remembered with Honour Vimy Memorial, France

Wilfred Haydon Private 1st Battalion The Buffs (East Kent Regiment) died 30th August 1917 aged 29, 11 Aston Road

Remembered with Honour Lillers Communal Cemetery, France

George Britnell Private 6th Battalion Border Regiment died 20th September 2017 aged 21, 5 Claremont Cottages, Vale Road

Remembered with Honour Dozingham Military Cemetery, Belgium

Charles Walter Whetstone MM 58th Brigade Royal Field Artillery died 22nd September 1917 aged 23, 1 Matthews Terrace, Common Road

Remembered with Honour Divisional Collecting Post Cemetery and Extension, Nr. Ypres, Belgium

Charles was the first of three brothers to die, Alfred and Walter George living at the same address died in 1918.

Further details appear on the Claygate War Memorial Page.

Please note that a search facility exists on the final page

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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