History and genealogy information sources

Family history.

Former St. Michael’s pupils. (Site suspended.)

Surrey History Centre

SurreyArchaelogical Society

East Surrey Family History Society

Exploring Surrey’s Past

Oxted & District History Society

East Surrey Museum.
East Surrey Museum,
1 Stafford Road, Caterham CR3 6JG.

The museum has a collection of archival material and historical records for the Tandridge District. Further details from
the Curator, Katy Newton, 01883 340275

Open 10am-5pm on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays but check on their web-site. Other times by arrangement with the curator

Please select further pages from the History & genealogy fly-out button on the left.

More information to come eg. 1901 Census.

Where the maisonettes now stand at the Water Lane end of Bluehouse Lane  was Skinners Farm. When George Eliot was writing ‘Mill on the Floss’ she used to stay at Skinners Farm. She also wrote Adam Bede while staying in Limpsfield.

The farm was unoccupied for a long time and was left open to the elements - and the public. It became dilapidated, was declared unsafe and the site was developed. The remnants of the farm walls still surround the development as a planning condition. They were about 7 feet high but unfortunately were reduced in height to their present one foot or so but there is still a wall! There was a raised barn adjacent to BHL which stood on stones in order to defy attack by rats.

Opposite the development is a house known as Connors. It is always wet where their drive meets BHL. Many attempts have been made to cure the problem but the reason why it is persistently wet is a result of a natural spring.

The pavement was added to the western end of BHL in the 1970s. Pictures will be posted here showing the lane before they were added.

The hurricane in 1987 resulted in many trees being blown down and blocking the road.

The house on the corner of BHL and Chichele Road used to be a chapel. There was a covenant which prohibited gambling on the premises when it was converted to a house.

Limpsfield Sawmill

The Limpsfield Sawmill was located roughly in the place where Limpsfield Village Hall now stands. The bungalow immediately to the north of the hall is called Old Sawmills, once the home of T. Dalton Purdey, architect. On the High Street roughly between the two you can still see two remaining gateposts of the sawmill.
The original sawmill barn was removed and re-erected as The Barn Theatre but the sawmill was still operating after that time.

New Zealanders in Oxted

Many people remembers Ferguson's Radio, TV and electrical shop in Station Road West, now the Chinese restaurant. Fergie, the owner, was a New Zealander. He wa injured in the leg during WWII and nursed by a local Oxted girl (Marjorie?) whom he married. He was invalided out of the Services. They had three sons (one of whom was killed in WWII) and a daughter. Of the remaining sons, David ran the business with his father and Bob was in insurance in the city of London (and a member of Lloyds, the writer believes).

Barrow Green Court, Barrow Green Road

Barrow Green Court was formerly the home of Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832), philosopher and jurist. Now the home of Mr. Fayed.

L G Fry was an English Impressionist who lived in Limpsfield around 1900. He painted an oil entitled ‘Bracken cutters on Limpsfield Common’. It was a commoner’s right to cut bracken as winter bedding for animals.

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Oxted Library

Before the current library, Health Centre and Council Offices were built (JT DesignBuild, Bristol) the library was housed in a single-storey wooden building. This building was originally the Crowhurst Village Hall. It had a main section, a reference room and a reading room, brown linoleum flooring and gas heaters!.