Tuesday, 29th June 2021 – Summer Stroll and AGM – 7.00pm

Royal British Legion St. Mary’s Road, East Molesey KT8 0ST

We are hoping that the AGM will only take 10 or 15 minutes as, in an effort to save time, we are issuing the accounts and the Chairman’s and Treasurer’s reports before the meeting. The AGM will be followed by a talk by Roger Hoad on the route of the Summer Stroll which this year will be centred on the old hub of East Molesey village and its importance on the route across the Rivers Mole and Ember to the Dittons and onwards to Kingston and Portsmouth. It will also look at those parts of the Rivers Mole and Ember that have changed the most over recent years.

Maps will be available to collect on the evening or may be printed from our website. If you wish to do the walk after Roger’s talk, Roger will be on hand to point out places along the route.

If we are unable to hold this meeting on 29th June, we shall endeavour to re-arrange it for later in the summer.

Wednesday 4th August 10.30 a.m

We are arranging a short walk round St Peter’s Churchyard/Molesey Cemetery. Further details concerning this event will be sent nearer the time.

Thursday, 16th September 2021 – The Archaeology of Hampton Court Palace – 8.00pm Talk by Ian Franklin

St Lawrence Junior School Church Road East Molesey

Ian, a former State Apartment Warder at Hampton Court Palace, will take us on a trip back through the history of the Palace site from the Bronze Age to the present. You will see artefacts and parts of the Palace never usually seen by the public – because they are in store or reburied! You will see parts of the Knights Hospitaller’s settlement, Charles Daubeny’s buildings, Wolsey’s Palace etc., you will visit excavations in Clock and Base Courts, join the Timeteam as they uncover Henry’s Bowling Alley, and visit the Tiltyard Gardens to see the recently discovered remains of the fourth of five of Henry VIII’s Tiltyard Towers.

Thursday, 25th November 2021 – Molesey’s Enclosure Story: Looking for lost fields – 8.00pm

St Lawrence Junior School Church Road East Molesey

This year is the two hundredth anniversary of the enclosure of Molesey’s open fields. It is hard to exaggerate the significance of this event. The manorial system of farming in existence for over 700 years was swept away. A major part of the Society’s research effort this year has been to piece together the story of the enclosure. Who was involved? What were their motives? Who were the winners and losers? How did it change Molesey and what traces of its legacy can we find in the landscape today?


The Zoom presentations are recorded and available, some for a limited time and can be found in the ‘Members Only‘ section.

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Wednesday, 27 January 2021
Victorian Life: Upstairs and Downstairs (A Zoom Presentation)

A talk by Judy Hill –

In 1851 there were over a million servants in Britain. This illustrated lecture draws on letters, diaries and autobiographies and provides a vivid insight into the day-to-day lives of country and town house servants. The presentation will also explain how the Victorian household operated with a large army of servants.
Judy is a freelance lecturer and researcher based in Surrey and previously taught history at the University of Surrey.

Tuesday, 16th March 2021
Down the Drain (A Zoom Presentation)

A talk by Ray Elmitt.

One of the most down-to-earth problems facing local communities in the second half of the 19th century was how to deal with the human waste generated by their ever-growing population. It was a topic that occupied huge numbers of column inches in newspapers and fuelled lively and sometimes bitter debate. How did such an unprepossessing issue come to force itself centre-stage in the attention of so many worthy and capable local politicians? This talk will reveal how Molesey found itself the centre of attention for the whole Lower Thames Valley area, how it escaped unscathed and how it eventually solved its own local problem – with a solution which is still operating to this day. Ray is a local historian who has written several books on the history of Hampton Wick.

Thursday, 22nd April 2021
In the Footsteps of the Impressionist (A Zoom Presentation)

A talk by Michael Robinson –

This talk concentrates on Alfred Sisley, perhaps the least known of the Impressionists and yet the only one who stayed loyal to the aesthetic qualities of Impressionism for his whole career. In the summer of 1874 Sisley came to stay in East Molesey. Here he captured the essence of leisurely life on the upper reaches of the River Thames. 

Michael is an art historian and London Blue Badge Tourist Guide.

Wednesday, 10th February 2021
The History of Boat Building on Platt’s Eyot (A ZOOM PRESENTATION)

A talk by Roger Haille and Roger Day

Located opposite Hurst Park, Platt’s Eyot is just one of the islands on the Molesey reach and has a rich and interesting history, some of which will be covered in the presentation.  The island was originally a typical eyot used for growing osiers but, in the 1860s, boat building began on the island, when Tom Tagg built a boatyard, which was later taken over by Moritz Immisch and then Thorneycrofts.

Hampton Court Village – Residencies and Residents of Renown (A ZOOM PRESENTATION)

A talk by Richard McHardy

Richard will speak about some of the historic houses still standing around or close to Hampton Court Green and will take a look at the life and times of some notable occupants, including the occasional Molesey connection.

Richard is a City of Westminster Guide, and volunteers with the National Trust and the education department of Westminster Abbey. He is a long standing member of the MLHS.