Welcome to Molesey Local History Society

East and West Molesey 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 and events in and around Molesey, including Hampton Court Palace.

We conduct our own research and try to hold at least one meeting a year based on work carried out by members.  In 2022, we researched and presented a history of Tagg’s Island, and found so much information that our research will continue in 2023.

Regular newsletters keep 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.

LATEST NEWS and information



11.30AM 26 MAY 2023

Suffragette princess commemorated by English Heritage

– Blue Plaque to Princess Sophia Duleep Singh unveiled at Faraday House, Hampton Court –

Princess Sophia Duleep Singh, suffragette, daughter of the last Maharajah of the Punjab, and goddaughter to Queen Victoria, has been commemorated with a blue plaque by English Heritage, the charity announced today (26 May). The plaque will mark Faraday House, which was granted to Princess Sophia and her sisters as a grace and favour apartment in Hampton Court by Queen Victoria. Named after another former resident, the eminent physicist Michael Faraday (1791–1867), Faraday House was Princess Sophia’s main residence for over four decades. Furnished to her luxurious taste, the house – or ‘Apartment 41’, to give it its grace-and-favour title – was Princess Sophia’s base during the many years she campaigned for women’s suffrage.

Further details will be shown in our news letter

Our next full meeting of 2023 is:

Wednesday, 28th June at 8 pm

More things about Kingston you (possibly) didn’t know! – A talk by Julian McCarthy

St. Lawrence School, Church Road, East Molesey – 8pm

Admission: Society Members £1 – Non-Members £3
Refreshments will be available

We shall also have a stall at Molesey Carnival – Saturday, 10th June – Come along and show your support for the local community. If you have something that you think may be of interest to us, feel free to show or inform us – we would love to hear from you!

There is limited Parking Space in the school grounds – Please use the road if at all possible to park.


Our research project for 2023, will be – Tagg’s Island part 2 – watch out for more details!


We are aware that since Covid, many people have moved to the cashless society. If you wish to make ANY payment by card we can now accommodate this form of transaction.

Please email us at: website@moleseyhistorysociety.org  and we will respond as soon as possible, should there be any comments that you wish to make.