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 »

Entrepreneurs with a sharp eye for success

GROCERS, corn merchants and tulip growers were all trades once carried on by the Benham family in Chobham. They came from Oakley, near Basingstoke, and it appears the first to show an... Read more »

Ruins that once housed a thriving community

THE ruins of Newark Priory now stand forlorn amid the water meadows of the River Wey between Ripley and Pyrford, but it was once a thriving community. It was founded towards the... Read more »

Local bass legend played in band with Clapton

THERE’S been a first-rate live music scene in the Woking area for many years, and one of its stalwarts was bass guitarist Mike Dann. Typically, musicians who grace their local music scene... Read more »

Demise of Woking’s timber-framed buildings

“MODERN development spares no thought for the past, and the old must eventually must give way to the new.” These were the words in the introduction to a story in the News... Read more »

Remembering Woking’s Skeet & Jeffes

BUILDERS’ Merchants and ironmongers Skeet & Jeffes was, for many years, one of Woking’s most well known businesses. It was based on the corner of Chobham Road and Church Street in a... Read more »

War-time terror remembered at Brooklands

AT 1.14pm on Wednesday 4 September 1940, out of a clear blue sky and completely by surprise, 13 German Messerschmitt Bf110 fighter bombers attacked the Vickers Armstrong factory at Brooklands. They dived... Read more »

Brooklands Air Cadet Squadron

GENERATIONS of Air Cadets have been on parade and have taken part in their squadron’s activities at Brooklands for 82 years. Darryl Hessey joined the squadron in 1977 at the age of... Read more »

A trip down Memory Lane to Woking High Street

ALTHOUGH we can’t go back in time and walk through Woking town centre as it used to be, readers of the Peeps column certainly have good memories of what it was like.... Read more »