Welcome

The Bourne, February 2014

THE BOURNE SOCIETY is a local history society formed in 1956 and named from the intermittent streams that follow the lines of the A22 and A23 roads in East Surrey, meeting at Purley to flow northward into the River Wandle. With around 2000 members in 1200 households it is England’s largest local history society.

The aims of the Society are to extend knowledge of the local history of Caterham, Chaldon, Chelsham, Chipstead, Coulsdon, Farleigh, Godstone, Kenley, Purley, Sanderstead, Warlingham, Whyteleafe and Woldingham, and to ensure the preservation of records and other objects of historical interest.

On this website you will get a taste of the publications and other activities of the Society that will help you to understand what we have to offer and illustrate possible avenues for pursuing local history research in the area.