Past Reports

November 2012: Newdigate Church & Its Carvings – Jane Lilley

Jane gave us a fascinating talk about an ancient Surrey church and its changing fortunes. Newdigate was a poor parish, but its church is a story of triumph over adversity. It began as a timber chapel around 1150, but by 1525 had become much as it is today – a stone church with one of […]

September 2012: Gomshall Tannery – Colin Woolmington

Colin, who had been a manager at Gomshall Tannery, told us that tanning at Gomshall went back at least to Tudor times. It was owned by various families up to the 1890s when it was destroyed by fire. It was rebuilt and became part of the Vestey group of companies whose business was based on […]

July 2012: A Sporting Miscellany – Peter Bennett

With the Olympic Torch and Road Cycling Races coming to Westcott, this talk looked at the history of sport in Surrey and particularly in our local area. Close to London with poor soils useful for little else, Surrey was ideal for sporting venues and events. Many of sport’s movers and shakers came from here and […]

May 2012: Thomas Hope & the Deepdene – A Lost Landscape: Alex Bagnall

The subject of this talk is currently of heightened local interest. Thomas Hope was a remarkable man descended from a Scottish family who became very successful merchant bankers in Amsterdam and acquired enormous wealth. Instead of joining the family business, Thomas followed his passions for the arts and architecture. He went on the Grand Tour, […]