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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 Cocoa Island to show their products.

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

Here are a selection of his drawings:

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:

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.

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

VE Day Commemoration

On the 8th May the nation celebrated the 75th anniversary of VE Day. Here in Newdigate we put up our own small tribute.

Over the years many articles have been published in our magazines about World War Two. If you would like to read more then go to the following issues:



You can read about the people whose names appear on the war memorial, the home guard, evacuees, the Canadian army based in the village, flying bombs, D-Day memories, land army etc. etc.

You can also see some photographs in the photograph section of the website.

We will remember them.

COVID-19 Virus

The entire committee of the Newdigate Local History Society wish you well over this very difficult time. Our current talks ‘season’ finished with Stephen Gray’s brilliant lecture. In view of the current circumstances we will not be making any plans for a summer visit nor, as yet, have we planned any future talks. Similarly our AGM will not be held although our membership will be updated with the current situation via the Chairman, Membership Secretary and Treasurer.

Look out on this website for our contribution to the Mole Valley Heritage Week which has the theme ‘Hidden Nature’.

In the meantime, take care of yourselves and family and perhaps take yourself off on one of our walks which can be found at the bottom of the page. Make sure that you are following Government guidelines – they are there not only to protect you but also to protect our precious NHS. We will record what is happening in the village during these strange times under photos/events.