Welcome to Molesey Local History Society.


We have received the following from the Surrey History Centre –

You are warmly invited to join Surrey Heritage’s Surrey in the Great War: A County Remembers team on Saturday, 9th November 2019 for this year’s Armistice commemoration.

Beginning at 1.30pm, there will be a chance to browse the project’s new displays and to listen to its bespoke sound installation, which is composed of recorded sounds relating to World War I Surrey. A recital of music and poetry of the Great War by clarinet and voice duo ‘Wind and Words’ will be followed by the launch of the Surrey in the Great War project book In the Shadow of the Great War: Surrey 1914-1922.

In the Shadow of the Great War will be available to buy at the launch for the special event price of £10 (RRP £14.99).

Saturday 9th November 2019, Surrey History Centre, 130 Goldsworth Road, Woking, Surrey, GU21 6ND, 1.30-4pm.

Tickets are free, but please register for a place at https://bit.ly/32ZVqqL.

If you cannot attend but would like to buy a copy of the book online, please visit Surrey Heritage’s online shop: https://bit.ly/3259oXm. Purchases can also be made in person from the reception of Surrey History Centre.


East and West Molesey (‘Molesey’ for short) lie south of the River Thames close to Hampton Court Palace in North East Surrey (see map). The Mole and Ember rivers flow through Molesey before joining the Thames. All three rivers have played an important part in shaping the area’s rich history.

The main aim of the Society is to awaken and foster an interest in the history of Molesey. We hold a wide variety of talks at different venues around Molesey, including Hampton Court Palace.

We conduct our own research and hold at least one meeting a year based on work carried out by members.  In 2018, we remembered the calamitous flooding in 1968 and this year we are researching the aftermath and the measures taken to prevent a recurrence.

A regular newsletter keeps our members informed of all our forthcoming events as well as giving other interesting information about our local history.

We would be delighted to hear from anyone with an interest in the history of Molesey. You can get in touch by clicking contact us.

If you would like to join the Society, click membership for details.

OUR NEXT EVENT – see below

Friday 15 November 2019, 8 pm

Imber Court, Ember Lane, KT8 1QS

Après le Déluge – What happened after the 1968 floods?

Our meeting in November last year covered the history of flooding in Molesey until the end of the flood of September 1968. This year’s meeting will look at what happened after the 1968 flood. We shall consider the efforts to obtain a public enquiry into this flood and the fight for compensation for the flood victims. We shall look in detail at the Lower Mole Flood Alleviation Scheme carried out in the 1970s and 1980s with the intention of preventing a recurrence of the 1968 flood. We shall discuss whether a flood of the magnitude of the 1968 flood is likely to happen again in Molesey. We shall not be
considering current Environment Agency proposals for the rivers Mole and Ember and we will not be discussing them at the November meeting.

We anticipate high demand for this meeting and seating is limited. Members and their guests – please apply by 1st November by email to historysociety@btinternet.com or by letter to Membership Secretary, Molesey Local History Society, 17 Matham Road, East Molesey, Surrey KT8 0SX. There will be a charge of £1 on the door for members and £3 for guests). Non-members – If seats are still available after Friday 15 November, the event will be advertised to non-members. You will not be notified, but you may assume you have a seat, unless you hear otherwise.

The video was uploaded to YouTube by Steve Field on 29 Apr 2017 and is based on old postcards of Molesey and Hampton Court.