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

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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Heritage Open Days

The theme for 2020 was Hidden Nature. Jane Lilley explored how four materials namely clay, wood, iron and lime have influenced the development of the village over the years. Click here to learn more:  Hidden Nature ...
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1990 Photographic Survey

In 1990 the Society arranged for every building in the parish of Newdigate to be photographed. There are a few houses missing where permission was not granted. The resultant pictures were filed in seven albums. During the coronavirus shut down Christiana Powell, Keith Jones, John Chaplin and Martin Gilpin undertook the task of scanning every picture - a total in excess of 500. These have now been captioned and downloaded on to the website and can be seen under the photos section. John Callcut - June 2020 ...
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