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Local History of East Surrey

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Welcome to the Bourne Society

THE BOURNE SOCIETY is a local history society that was formed in 1956 and takes its name from the intermittent streams that follow the lines of the A22 and A23 roads in East Surrey, meeting at Purley to flow northward into the River Wandle. The Society celebrated its Golden Jubilee in 2006.

The aims of the Society - England’s largest local history society - are to extend the knowledge of local history in Caterham, Chaldon, Chelsham, Chipstead, Coulsdon, Farleigh, Godstone, Kenley, Purley, Sanderstead, Warlingham, Whyteleafe and Woldingham, and to ensure the preservation of records and other objects of historical interest.

Below you will find a taste of the publications and other activities of the Society that will help you to understand what we have to offer and illustrate possible avenues for pursuing local history research in the area.


Caterham Recruiting Day 1915 Commemoration

THE CENTENARY of Caterham's Recruiting Day 1915 was marked by a parade from White Knobs Recreation Ground, along Croydon Road and to the Square, where the salute was taken by Col. A P Guthrie TD, Deputy Lieutenant, representing the Lord Lieutenant of Surrey.

On a fine sunny day (the weather seemingly much better than on 14th April 1915) the event was very well attended and a great success. A selection of pictures taken on the day are available to view in the attached PDF document.


What's New - Summary

Caterham Recruiting Day 1915 Commemoration - April 2015

Report and images of the Centenary Commemoration of Caterham's famous recruiting day.

See this page for anaccount of events of the day.

Bourne Society now on Facebook - April 2015

You can now find interesting articles, images and news on the Bourne Socety's own Facebook page: Bourne Society on Facebook


Local History Records - Vol 83 - May 2015


All Bourne Society Members now receive a copy of the Society's quarterly production known as the "Local History Records". This journal is packed with short articles of interest to the local historian as well as items of news, forthcoming events, recent group activities, contact details etc.


Coulsdon 2000

To celebrate the Millenium a pictorial account of the changes in the area of Coulsdon was put together by Pauline Payne, featuring images taken at the time by Andrew Scott. For various reasons it was not possible to publish the document in printed form at the time but a new edition, specially prepared for the webiste, has been put together and is available here for the first time.



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