Welcome

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

Newdigate Bake House

Newdigate Bakehouse. The refurbished bakehouse was formally opened at the Weald & Downland Living Museum on the 3rd October 2019. In the Autumn 2016 issue of the Weald & Downland Magazine it was announced that the Newdigate Bakehouse would be rebuilt. It was started in 2017 and the first loaves were baked in April 2019 using flour ground at the restored Lurgashall Mill. See 'Misc. Studies' for further details. Work started in July 2017 and here are pictures showing the rebuild. Picture taken on the 2nd August 2017. Pictures taken by Mary Day on the 16th October 2017 ........ Pictures taken by John Callcut on the 24th October 2017 ........ Pictures taken by John Callcut on the 5th February 2018 ....... Pictures taken by John Callcut on the 7th May 2018 Pictures taken by John Callcut on the 17th April 2019 ...
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At Newdigate, Surrey

This is a copy of a painting by Patrick Nasmyth (1787-1831) entitled 'At Newdigate, Surrey'. This is the earliest illustration we have of Newdigate and is possibly a view looking north from the Surrey Oaks ...
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Schermuly Pistol Rocket Apparatus Ltd

Many years ago the Society was given an old and somewhat tatty album showing photographs of the early years of the Schermuly company when William Schermuly and his sons were demonstrating their revolutionary equipment to the Board of Trade, Members of Parliament and leading shipping companies. We have now downloaded these evocative pictures and they can be seen, together with a brief history, in the section headed Misc. Studies. During the Second World War the factory employed over 1000 people but it closed in 1981 and today the site is now Becket Wood ...
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Walks

Do you enjoy walking and want to learn about Newdigate? Then go to the foot of the page and open the tag marked Self-guided Walks ...
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FRANCIS ALFRED SUTTILL

In 2014 we received a call from Francis Suttill asking whether his father's name was on the war memorial. His father, also called Francis, lived briefly at Ewood and upon the outbreak of  war he joined the East Surrey Regiment. As a fluent French speaker he was seconded to the SOE and he set up the Prosper Cell around occupied Paris. He was betrayed and was executed by the Gestapo in 1944. His name has now been added to the war memorial and is read out along with the rest of the Newdigate people who gave their lives during both world wars. His son has published a book about his father's exploits entitled 'Shadows in the Fog' ...
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