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.
Our latest major publication: Coulsdon and Purley War Memorials, First World War, by Nigel Elliott, is now on sale. For details please see the What’s New page.