ESHER DISTRICT LOCAL HISTORY SOCIETY
Welcome to the new website of the Esher District Local History Society
The primary objective of the Society is to promote an interest in the local history of the area. In doing so, we aim to study, preserve and document its rich heritage and to develop and increase our members’ knowledge of the area’s history, through research, events and memories.
As well as Esher, the Society covers the area of the former Esher Urban District Council. This includes Claygate, Thames Ditton, Long Ditton, Hinchley Wood, Weston Green, Oxshott, Cobham, Stoke D’Abernon, East and West Molesey.
The Society was formed in 1968 by a volunteer committee of local historians, who have, along with their successors, built a flourishing historical community and whose energy and diligence have created a considerable archive of records and photographs that might otherwise have been lost. On behalf of the new committee and Society members, we extend our affection and grateful thanks to those who started this Society and to those who have nobly succeeded them both in their work as historians and as members of the committee who have made the Society so successful in its aims.
Membership of the Society is for the time being free, but from January 2019, membership will incur a small fee. There will be regular talks by guest speakers, to be held in Claygate, at which members and others can also meet and socialise. The talks are open to all interested parties and cost £3 per head. From January 2019, that £3 will be considered part of the membership fee and therefore talks will be free to all members. If there is enough interest, we will also be arranging occasional historical walks, or trips to places of interest. New members are always very welcome, and are encouraged to contact the Society with their own research enquiries or interests, including family history, or with any other suggestions or comments.
PREVIEW OF TALKS FOR 2019
Saturday, 9th March 2019
From Kingston Workhouse to Kingston Hospital. A talk by historian and author Richard Holmes. Richard has written several books on Pubs, Inns and Taverns in the Kingston and Epsom Areas. He is planning a book on the above subject in 2019.
Saturday, 13th April 2019
The 51st Annual General Meeting of the Society. Followed by a talk by our President Dr David Taylor on Ada Lovelace of East Horsley (credited as being the inventor of computer programming).
Saturday, 18th May 2019
Victoria at Claremont: Princess and Queen. Stephen Webbe will be giving a talk which will include mention of Victoria’s visits to meet the gypsies on the Portsmouth Road.