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


Our next full meeting of 2023 is:

A Slice of Eel Pie – Boatyards & Bands, Artists & Inventors

Thursday, 23rd March 2023A talk by Celia Holman

Come and learn why this tiny island in the Thames is so famous – from its heritage working boatyards nestling side by side with the island’s creative community to the significant part the erstwhile Eel Pie Island Hotel played in the 1960s British Blues explosion, helping superstars such as The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, David Bowie, Rod Stewart and many more kick start their musical careers.

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

Admission: Society Members £1 – Non-Members £3

Refreshments will be available


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.