Welcome to

Newdigate Local History Society


We hope you find this web site to be a useful reference for information past and present for the village of Newdigate in Surrey. Your comments and suggestions are most welcome as is any archive information about our village.

NLHS holds regular events, including guided walks, lectures and talks. If you would like to join us and become a member then join here.

News from NLHS

Heritage Open Day – 11th September 2021

The theme for this year's Heritage Open Days was 'Edible England'. The Society presented a display in the Village Hall entitled 'Edible Newdigate'. Our principal display was called 'How Newdigate fed itself in the past'. With text by Jane Lilley and accompanying photographs we described and illustrated how the village supplied itself with food a hundred years ago. We also specially published booklets entitled 'Shops and Shopping' and 'F.E. Green - Farmer, Author & Activist'. In addition we reproduced a leaflet describing products made by Col. French at King John's Barn in Cudworth after World War One. Our sales table was very busy selling tea towels, bags and our many publications. Over 100 people attended the event. The Horticultural Society put on a splendid display of locally grown produce. We also invited the Top Cat Cafe, Dorking Brewery, the Dorking Food Float, Aldhurst Farm, the Gin Kitchen, Busy Bees and ...
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Paul Middleton’s Gallery

Paul Middleton of the Mulberries has been busy walking around the village  with his pen, brush and paper. His drawings are for sale and commissions accepted. Paul is hoping to publish 40 of his pictures so watch this space for further details. Contact him directly on 07920 725660 middletonpaul@me.com http://www.linkedin.com/pub/paul-middleton/11/428/b73 Here are a selection of his pictures: ...
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Schermulys in New Zealand

Back in September 2020 we received a request from Shae Trewin, the Collections Leader at The Nelson Provincial Museum in New Zealand to reproduce some pictures. They had recently been donated a Schermuly pistol apparatus that was used both by the Harbour Board and the Electric Power Board for launching lines to erect power cables. They wished to use one or two of the photographs on our website showing the evolution of this technology. They have now produced a blog post that can be found at: http://www.nelsonmuseum.co.nz/learn/2021/1/22spra?fbclid=IwAR2PewoTX9linXmgPMQDhSpS8Cw7P1r7E2f7naAES3cX1SBnCkC5_J1c0Ks ...
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Newdigate Wills

Over the past few months Jane Lilley has been busy transcribing and interpreting old Newdigate wills. They make fascinating reading and some give quite an exhaustive insight into the lives of former villagers. Go to archives / wills ...
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Covid 19 – Share your Experiences

Everybody has had different experiences since the pandemic reached our shores. This is an important time in our history and as local historians we should be recording the events as they happen. Send us your experiences and we'll upload them to this website for posterity here ...
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