oxted & district history society


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 on Tuesdays at 8pm between October and March. There are ten main talks each year and two shorter ones, at Christmas and at the AGM in March.

Normally our meetings are held in the United Reformed Church, Bluehouse Lane, Oxted, RH8 0AA, but as this was not possible during our 2020-21 season all talks were given on Zoom .

The programme for our next season, which begins on Tuesday 5 October 2021, will be announced shortly. The format of these talks will be decided according to circumstances at the time and continued use will be made of Zoom if necessary.

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:

Nigel Arch LVO on Kensington Palace

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

Nicola Moorby on Turner’s Thames

Julian Pooley 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 and there are a limited number of places available for visitors at our Zoom meetings. 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. Circumstances prevented a visit last year and the committee has, with regret, now decided not to organise one in 2021. It is hoped that we will be able to resume these popular events next year. 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 of its own.

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