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 & Activities

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.

The 2022-23 series of talks has now concluded.  The programme for the 2023-24 season, which begins on Tuesday 3 October 2023, 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  

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

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 . A reduced rate is offered to new members from January onwards for the remainder of the season. 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 destinations have included Brooklands Motor & Aviation Museum, Brighton Pavilion, Jane Austen’s House and Bletchley Park, the wartime Enigma intelligence centre.  Further information about our past visits can be found here.

The committee is delighted to announce that our first summer outing for four years will take place on Tuesday 4 July 2023, when we will be going to Kent to visit Walmer Castle at Deal and the Battle of Britain Memorial near Folkestone.  

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.