What’s New

News and additions to the website

  • The latest issue of Local History Records, volume 104, Summer 2021, will be with all members very soon. For a preview of its contents please follow this link.
  • The programme of summer and autumn events has been updated.
  • The listings and prices on GenFair have been fully updated.
  • The Index to Bourne Society Local History Records volumes 46 to 103 (2006-Spring 2021) is now available here for free download.
  • The East Surrey Museum, with which the Bourne Society has strong historic connections, re-opened on 19th May 2021. For details please follow this link.

Latest publications from the Bourne Society:

The Byrons of Coulsdon: Abroad and At Home

By Nigel Elliott. The familiar name of Byron still looms large in the Coulsdon area where road names, schools and the former almshouses at Bradmore Green still bear the name of the family who were lords of the manor until 1921 and resided in the present Coulsdon Manor Hotel, formerly Coulsdon Court. Just published in an edition of 100 copies, this 238-page book, lavishly illustrated with 120 images, is one of the most impressive volumes ever produced by the Bourne Society. For details of how to order this book, please follow this link.

Richard Kearton’s Surrey Field Notes 1900-1927

Transcribed by Gwyneth Fookes. Foreword by Brian Thomas. Published June 2020 in an edition of 100 copies. This book is now available at a cost of £11 (plus postage) from the publications manager or direct from Mrs Fookes. Further details will be found on the Current Publications page of this website.


Lockdown Lectures

The River Wandle

A talk by Gwyneth Fookes originally delivered at the Bourne Society forum meeting on 4 March 2009, now revised with captions replacing spoken words. The talk is lavishly illustrated with over a hundred photographs, maps, and other images, so please wait patiently for it to download. To download the talk in pdf format please follow this link.

Some East Surrey Churches in Pictures

photographed by Robert Warner, with explanatory captions. Based on Forum talks given to the Bourne Society in 2012 and 2013.
For convenience the album is divided alphabetically into three parts in pdf format, each of which may be downloaded separately by following the appropriate ‘download’ link:
Part 1: Addington to Chelsham. Download
Part 2: Chipstead to Limpsfield. Download
Part 3: Lingfield to Woldingham. Download

John & Edward Hassell. East Surrey in the 1820s and now

This presentation was first delivered at a forum meeting in November 2011 by Gwyneth Fookes and Robert Warner. It is here made available for your interest and amusement. To download the presentation in pdf format please follow this link.