About Us

The Society was formed in March 2007 in response to an upsurge of interest in the history of Molesey following two events in 2006. 

The first was the the reprint arranged by Molesey Residents Association of ‘The Book of Molesey’ by Rowland G. M. Baker, originally published in 1986.  The book sold out in a matter of months and a second reprint has since been published.  ‘Thameside Molesey’ by Rowland and Gwendoline Baker has also been reprinted. They are an essential starting point for anyone with an interest in the fascinating history of Molesey. 

The second event was an exhibition of the history of Molesey in the last 150 years held at St Paul’s Church, East Molesey, in October/November 2006 to mark the 150th anniversary of the church.  During the two weeks that it was open the exhibition attracted almost 3,500 visitors.

OBJECTIVES

The Society’s objectives are:

  • To awaken and foster an informed interest in the history of Molesey and surrounding areas
  • To provide a forum for the exchange of information on the history of Molesey
  • To encourage and undertake research into the history of Molesey and to record and publish findings from such research
  • To arrange meetings and lectures on subjects related to the history of Molesey and to arrange visits to places of historical, literary, archaeological or architectural interest
  • To collaborate with and support any other organisation which has similar interests to those mentioned above.

COMMITTEE

The activities of the Society are coordinated by a Committee of up to 9 people, all of whom are volunteers. The Committee currently comprises:

  • Jenny Wood – Chairman
  • Paula Day – Secretary
  • Dave Jupp – Treasurer
  • Jill Wilkins – Membership Secretary
  • Doreen Freeman
  • Claire Annable
  • Lynda McCarter
  • Anthony Barnes – People & Buildings
  • Norma Millard

  •  If you would like to join the Society click here for details.

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3 Replies to “About Us”

  1. Hi there, I just wondered if you can help me, I am doing some family history research, and just wondered if you knew the whereabouts or have any information about Osbourne House, East Molesey ? I know it was owned by John Henry Kearns a very successful manufacturer of stationary , who died in that house from TB in 1881. He must have been successful as he left a personal estate of £5,809 8s ! Just wondered where it was, if it is still standing ?
    thanks Alice Baker

    1. We are looking into this Alice.
      The house name is not instantly recognisable but from the census it would seem it is in either Palace Road or Wolsey Road, East Molesey. Both roads have a number of older, very large houses still in use. Some of these have been converted into flats, so the building may still exist under a different name.
      If one of my colleagues do not recognise the name I will take a walk along both roads and see if the site can be identified utilising other census house names,

    2. Osborne House is now 33 Wolsey Road. In 1884 the following ad appeared in The Morning Post: “To be LET, Furnished, for August and September or longer, OSBORNE HOUSE, East Molesey, containing three reception-rooms, seven bed, and one small dressing room, bathroom, and good offices; tennis lawn, and flower-garden; stabling and coach-house for one horse; 10 guineas per week; five minutes’ walk from Hampton-court station.”

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