This newsletter is published by the Horley Local History Society. : Brian Buss Telephone: 01293 782231

Horley Local History Society


NEWS Letter





The Venue

The Society meets at the Methodist Hall, Victoria Road, Horley, Surrey, every 4th Thursday in the month at 7:30pm for 8:00 unless otherwise stated below.

Parking is available at the rear.


Meetings Calendar


Thursday 14 December 2017 A Horley Christmas Evening.

Thursday 25 January 2018 Votes for Women and the Historical Impact on Horley  Sam Marshall

Thursday 22 February 2018  AGM followed by the History of the Horley Car

Thursday 22 March 2018 Centenary of the RAF Doug Cox & Brian Buss

Thursday 26 April 2018  Rarely seen Photos of Horley  John Chisholm

Thursday 24 May 2018  How to undertake Your Family History

Thursday 28 June 2018  TBC


Thursday 26 July 2018 A History of Bell Ringing at St Bartholomew’s Robin Grant at St Bart’s Church


Summer Break


Thursday 6 September 2018 NOTE the early date A Talk about Lee Street from the Chequers and along Mill Lane to the Black Horse (part of Horley’s Heritage Week) Alan Reid

Saturday 8 September 2018  A Heritage Walk in Horley at 11.00am and 2.00pm

Thursday 26 October How the First World War Really Ended Doug Cox

Thursday 22 November TBC

Thursday 13 December  A Christmas Evening


If any members would like to hear – or perhaps give – a talk on any particular subject please let one of the committee know.  We need inspiration and would welcome your suggestions.

The Romans laid good metalled roads to move soldiers and supplies quickly across their Empire.    They measured the distance marched to aid timing and efficiency, marking every thousandth double-step with a large cylindrical stone and about 117 of these still survive in the UK. After Roman times, roads and tracks developed to meet local needs. In 1555 an Act of Parliament made local Parishes responsible for their upkeep and in 1697 Justices issued orders to erect guideposts at cross roads.

 These came about when the Turnpike road from London to Brighton was constructed in 1816. All 4 can still be seen along the east side of the A23 through Horley/Salfords. The first from the north is on Pettridge common close to West Ave, the next near the top of Peartree Hill, the third going south is opposite the Chequers as above and the fourth is almost opposite the Lych Gate. They were all triangular in section and made of cast iron’

 The only Milestone known is at Povey Cross. This was removed in WW2 but was traced and replaced in exactly the correct position by HLHS according to the 1870 map. It is not known if it was originally placed by the Act setting up the first Turnpike road in Surrey in 1695 between Crawley and Reigate.

The Lych Gate is Horley’s memorial to the 3 local men that fell in the South African War of 1899-1902. More details about its history and the men it commemorates along with the history of such gates can be gained at the forthcoming talk on 28 June 2018.

 Horley History from Canada

HLHS receives queries, etc from many different parts of the world. Recently it was one from Canada but this time it was not only to tell us about part of our town but to provide a photo or two to prove it.

 Nick Percy Sherwin was the occupier of the poultry shop, shown below, in Victoria Road from 1904 to 1912, before the family emigrated to Canada. The 5th occupier later was Bob Bunkell who is not only remembered for the huge selection of fish he sold but also for the recipes he relayed to one and all on how they could be cooked and served. His time in his shop between 1932 and 1986 is still recalled as he was a real Horley character.

Strawson Hall

 At long last the rebuild is about to take place and completion is planned for the 1 May 2018. It should be available for use from June 2018. Doug Kilborn (01293 782619) has worked strenuously to achieve this and has overcome many hurdles to do so. He is now actively looking for new volunteer Trustees to give it a new lease of life and to ensure that what George Frederick Strawson gave to Horley in 1919 will be carried forward for posterity. If some of you younger folk would like to participate in this role please ring Doug and offer your services. Thank you.


In the June 2017 Newsletter we set down a wish and suggested layout for this and work is already underway at our usual sedate pace. However we do require a somewhat increased input. We are looking for any form of input, be it searching documents, extracting information, producing notes, typing them up, drafting sections and/or actually producing complete chapters for inclusion (which will be  credited under your name.) If you think you can help us please contact Doug Cox on 01293 410366.


 Those of you who attended the service at Horley War Memorial will have noticed that the names of the local men killed during the Battle of Passchendaele 100 years ago were read out prior to the 2 minutes silence. This would not have been possible but for the work of HLHS and the publication by us of Men of Horley 1914-1918. When we commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of WW1 in November 2018 HLHS will try to ensure that the service will include the reading out of the names of all the 122 local men named on the Horley War Memorial.

There are several interesting pictures with this news letter they can be seen in the PDF version downloadable below.




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