More memories of orthopaedic hospital

THIS week, Peeps into the Past brings more memories of life at the Rowley Bristow Orthopaedic Hospital in Pyrford. Brian Westen got in touch to say his father-in-law, Fred Billingsby worked at... Read more »

Avid collector shares his love of movie posters

MOVIE buffs have a unique opportunity in Woking to view a selection of original posters owned by one of the film art community’s most ardent collectors. Henry Coleman has loaned 28 of... Read more »

Pyrford’s home for waifs and strays

THE Rowley Bristow Orthopaedic Hospital at Pyrford was once recognised as a centre of excellence for treatment of patients. But the main buildings were previously a home for “waifs and strays”. Founded... Read more »

New exhibition is sure to be your cup of tea

IF you fancy a trip back in time to learn about the many teashops and cafés that have graced Ripley High Street, a visit to the local history society’s museum is recommended.... Read more »

The fascinating history of Merrist Wood House

TODAY, Merrist Wood House in Worplesdon is part of the college that teaches land-based skills, but it was once the home of the master of the Ripley and Knaphill Harriers. He was... Read more »

Six locals lost as battlecruiser sunk by Germans

THE sinking of the Royal Navy’s battlecruiser HMS Hood on 24 May 1941 affected British morale deeply at a time when the Second World War was going very well for the Axis... Read more »

Highs and lows of Ottershaw’s cricket history

WITH the league season for local cricket teams just around the corner, Peeps into the Past looks at the long history of the Ottershaw club. News & Mail reader Richard Bowden has... Read more »

Photos track changes on railway across 100 years

WHO hasn’t stood on a bridge to watch trains go by? The pictures here span nearly 100 years and were all taken from the footbridge that links St John’s Lye with Hook... Read more »

The boys who made Hitler think again

MEN of the Home Guard during the Second World War trained and took part in competitions with live weapons, long after the threat of invasion had passed. News & Mail reader Fred... Read more »

All aboard for the story of motorbus pioneer

FRANK Mills was one of the pioneers of motorbuses in the Woking area. He ran his first bus between Woking and St John’s in 1912, an open-top double-decker that could seat 36... Read more »