The railway that built an orphanage

THE Southern Railway Servants’ Orphanage in Woking was reliant on voluntary contributions to run it and a number of ingenious fundraising schemes were employed. In addition to a few pennies a week... Read more »

Along the River Wey Navigation

THESE vintage pictures taken on the River Wey Navigation in the area around Triggs Lock and Send reveal there hasn’t been a great deal of change for over 100 years. Triggs Lock,... Read more »

The pickpocket who built a prison

CONVICTS themselves were used in the construction of an imposing prison built on barren heathland at Knaphill in the late 1850s. Here, in a further story about Woking Invalid Convict Prison, later... Read more »

The night Newark Mill burned down

NEWARK Mill was a handsome building that stood beside the River Wey Navigation between Ripley and Pyrford. That was until the early hours of 3 December 1966, when it was burned to... Read more »

Looking back at how the brick industry was built

BRICK-making was once a sizeable industry in the Woking area and one that has mostly been forgotten. In past centuries, where clay was abundant, brickworks were set up when there was a... Read more »

Eclectic collection of local finds at museum

SATIRICAL prints by the “father of the political cartoon”, a US flag and items belonging to the British Legion are some of the exhibits on display at Chertsey Museum. The temporary exhibition,... Read more »

Pyrford Stone remains a mystery

MYSTERY surrounds what is known as the Pyrford Stone, that can be found on top of Pyrford Hill, now a grade II listed monument whose origin is unknown but is said anecdotally... Read more »