Train crash’s low injury toll a Christmas miracle

THREE trains were involved in a crash near Woking station just before Christmas 1955 – but, thankfully, very few of the 1,000 passengers were injured. The accident happened near the railway arch... Read more »

Postcards offer look at how area has changed

OLD picture postcards provide a fascinating look at how the Woking area has changed over the years. And the messages on the backs of the cards offer an enthralling insight into how... Read more »

Focus falls on St John’s Football Club

THIS week, Peeps into the Past focuses on football with some vintage photographs of St Johns FC. The pictures were among those supplied by News & Mail reader Jon Wells. He said... Read more »

Discover the ornate Lovelace bridges

SURREY’S countryside is excellent walking territory, and you can encounter many oddities on a stroll in the county. Some of the strangest to be found are the tunnel-like bridges around East Horsley.... Read more »

Village society calendar marks silver anniversary

THE Byfleet Heritage Society 2021 Calendar, a landmark edition celebrating the society’s 25th anniversary, is now on sale. The calendars are £5 each. “We’ve been doing the calendar for about 10 years... Read more »

Sidney was quick on the draw in village pub

SITTING in the corner of the bar at the New Inn at Perry Hill, Worplesdon was artist Sidney Sime making sketches of the regulars who drank there. This was a building that... Read more »

Fascinating book was official guide to Woking

THIS week we focus on a fascinating Woking guide book from 1923. The 52-page book described itself as the official guide to the town. The writer, whose name was not given, said:... Read more »

Chobham’s Bonfire Boys

WE may not be able to celebrate Bonfire Night this year as we usually do. But we can look back at nights of hooliganism and rebellion in Chobham on November 5th and... Read more »

The great ‘Footpaths war’ of 1909 saw residents take on landowner

A ‘FOOTPATHS war’ broke out in 1909 when landowner Rupert Guinness, of the Irish brewing dynasty, sought to divert two paths on land at his Pyrford Court Estate. It resulted in mass... Read more »

The demise of borough’s timber-framed buildings

‘THUS old things vanish” is the caption on the picture postcard of a homestead at West End in 1905. Presumably it was about to be pulled down. Going back several hundred years,... Read more »