Esher District Local History Society

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Our President Christine Whittle-Dall died peacefully at Kingston Hospital on Wednesday 7th September 2016. A minute's silence was held at the meeting on Saturday 10th September 2016.

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A fault not allowing this front page to be displayed along with three other pages has been corrected by TipTop Computers. Updates follow below. (14th September 2016)


News Items: Details of Christine Whittle-Dall's funeral.


Newsletter Extracts: Autumn 2016 Basil's Journey. A man who came from New Zealand to fight in World War II.

Newsletter Extracts: Autumn 2016 Royal Elmbridge and Queen Victoria (added 21/09/2016)

Future Events: Dates and speakers shown until March 2017.

Past Events: Saturday 10th September 2016, a short report about The History of Frederick Paine Funeral Directors by Brian Parsons.

News Items: Autumn 2016 newsletter has been distributed and a short description of the contents is listed.


100th anniversaries

Frederick John Wiltshire, Rifleman, 9th Battalion Rifle Brigade died 15th September 1916 aged 23 of Station Road, Claygate.

Remembered with Honour Thiepval Memorial.

James Frederick Culham, Lance Corporal, 1st/23rd Battalion London Regiment died 16th September 1916 aged 21 of Ruxley Lodge.

Remembered with Honour Thiepval Memorial.

John Henry Sneyd Hunt, 2nd Lieutenant, 23rd Battalion London Regiment died 16th September 1916 aged 42, Kiltyrie 15 Albany Crescent.

Remembered with Honour Thiepval Memorial.

Cecil John Mutimer, Private, 6th Battalion Border Regiment died 17th September 1916 aged 17, 7 Rose Cottages, Station Road.

Remembered with Honour Ovillers Military Cemetery Pozieres Somme

William G Hogsden, Private, 2nd Battalion Grenadier Guards died 25th September 1916 aged 26, The Forge 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.

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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