Welcome to the Oxted & District History Society

The Oxted & District History Society (ODHS) was formally established on 24 November 1960 with Major R.H. Leveson-Gower of Titsey Place, Oxted (pictured above), as its first President and Mr W. J. C. Gill BA AKC as its chairman.

Our Programme

The Society presents an annual programme of talks which take place fortnightly at 8.00 pm on Tuesday evenings between October and March, normally at the United Reformed Church, Bluehouse Lane, Oxted, RH8 0AA. There are ten main talks each year and two shorter ones, at Christmas and at the AGM in March.

Our final meeting of 2022 is on Tuesday 13 December, when Peter Jarvis will give a talk on 'The Tragic Death of Mary Ashford - a 19th century murder trial with a twist,' which will be followed by the Christmas Party, our first for three years.

Full details of the 2022-23 programme can be seen here.

Talks cover all areas and periods of history and the Society is not specifically concerned with local history. There are, however, usually several talks a year on topics relating to Oxted or Surrey and its neighbouring counties and London. Recent and past speakers have included:

Prof. George Bernard on Anne Boleyn

Dr Stephen Bungay on the Battle of Britain

Prof. David Carpenter on Magna Carta

Imogen Corrigan on Women of the First Millennium

Dr Catherine Ferguson on Medieval Pilgrimages

Henry Hemming on Maxwell Knight - MI5's Greatest Spymaster

Dr Judy Hill on the Dorking & Petworth Emigration Schemes

Prof. Ryan Lavelle on Alfred the Great

Mathew Morris on Richard III - the King Under the Car Park

Charles O'Brien on The Historic Architecture of Surrey

Julian Pooley FSA on Surrey History Centre

Dr David Rudling FSA on Hadrian's Wall

Prof. David Stevenson on 1918 - how the First World War ended

Maj. Gen. Julian Thompson on the Falklands War

The annual membership fee is £20 per person. Guests are very welcome to attend for a fee of £4 per meeting. If you would like to become a member or attend a meeting, please contact the Society through the email address given below.

More information on membership and on our meetings can also be found here.

The Society also organises an annual summer visit to a place of historic interest in the south east. Recent outings have included Brooklands Motor & Aviation Museum, Brighton Pavilion, Jane Austen’s House and Bletchley Park, the wartime Enigma intelligence centre. We have not been able to organise any trips during the past two years but we hope that we will be able to resume these popular events in the future. Further information about our past outings can be found here.

If you are seeking information or are carrying out research into the history of Oxted and the neighbouring area, or the county of Surrey, many of the web sites listed on our links page may be of interest. Please note that the Society does not hold any archives or records of its own and is unable to assist with enquiries about individuals in connection with family history matters.

The Society can be contacted by email at oxtedhistorysociety@gmail.com, or through a member of the committee.