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?

Thursday, 27th January 2022 – This will be the date of our next AGM. Norma Millard will also be giving a talk about Molesey Residents and the World War memorials. Details to follow soon.

The program for 2022 will also be posted here soon.