History Group Publications


Books Available  at Dorking Museum Shop

Dorking: A Surrey Market Town through Twenty Centuries  by Vivien Ettlinger, Alan A. Jackson and Brian Overell, 1991, reprinted 1997 pp.124 illus. £5.00 (A history of Dorking from early settlement to modern times) 

Surrey Market Town Small

Early Victorian Dorking by Robert Humphreys, 2002 pp.80, illus. £5.00 (Life in a mid-nineteenth century market town)

Victorian Dorking - Small

William Mullins and his House in West Street, Dorking by Pam Hunter, 2000 pp.12, illus. £2.50 (The story of William Mullins, whose house is the last remaining house of a Pilgrim Father in England)

William Mullins

 The Deepdene, Dorking  by Doris Mercer and Alan A Jackson, 1996, pp76, illus. £5 (the history of the Deepdene mansion and estate from the 1400s to early 1990s)

The Deepdene Dorking


Vaughan Williams in Dorking by Celia Newbury (ed.), 1970, reprinted 2000 pp.42, illus. £6.00 (Personal reminiscences of the celebrated composer) 

Dorking's Railways by Alan A. Jackson, 1991 pp.64, illus. £3.50 (A history of the development of railways in Dorking)

The South Street Caves, Dorking by Cliff Weight, 1988, reprinted 2000 pp.28, illus. £2.00 (A history of, and guide to, the extensive centuries-old workings in the greensand near the centre of Dorking)

Chart Park, Dorking illus. £6.50 (A history of the Chart Park mansion and the development of the estate)

Growing up in Westcott by David Knight, 1995 pp.27, illus. £4.00 (Reminiscences of Westcott in the 1940s)

A Scent of Violets: Glimpses of Victorian Dorking by Patricia Bennett, 1985, pp.12, illus. £1.40 (An account of correspondence in the 1880s between a family nurse in Pixham and the mother in Kensington)

The Holloway, Dorking by Vivien Ettlinger, 1998 pp.64, illus. £5.40                    (The development of a medieval farm into a modern residential estate)

Pippbrook House by Jim Docking, 2016 pp.64, illus. £5   (The story of Pippbrook Estate and House in Dorking, from the 14th century to the end of 2015)

Living Stream by Patricia Bennet, 2018,  pp. 52, illus. £5       (The history of Pixham and its people)


The other books, pamphlets and back copies of 'Dorking History' listed below may be obtained by mail order from the Sales Officer (see Contacts).  

Other Books Available by Mail Order

 St Martin's Churchyard Survey, pp.41 with plan (A survey by the Local History Group of the graves in Dorking Parish Churchyard)

Dorking History

Back copies of Dorking History, the research journal of the Dorking Local History Group are offered subject to availability at £3.00 . Please add £2 for postage.

Topics covered are listed below:


  • Eurythmics Anyone? The Legacy of Priscilla Barclay
  • Memories of WW2 in Dorking
  • The Joyce Family & Dorking
  • Mickleham’s Three Farriers
  • Dorking Publicans: Their varied Lifestyles & Experiences
  • Disentangling the Domesday Manors of Betchworth
  • Celebrating 50 years of DLHG
  • John Ogram Webb: Town Missionary & Temperance Preacher



  • Charles Collins: artist, fireman and model maker - Maureen Shettle
  • Mrs Florence Coulson:a formidable but forward-looking headmistress - Jim Docking
  • Aldhurst and Henfold; contrasting Capel farms - Mary Day
  • The family background of Henry Goulburn of Betchworth House; Chancellor of the Exchequer - Karin I Wilson
  • Mickleham's first National School 1832 - Judy Kinloch



  • Revisiting the memory of Walter Dinnage (1900-1982) - Nicky Dunsbee
  • St John the Evangelist Church, North Holmwood - War Memorial; the Great War 1914-1919 - Jim Edwards
  • Tomb of a highwayman? - Sue Tombs
  • Obituary - Christopher Gordon Childs 1929-2015
  • The Dorking Joint Isolation Hospital - Terry Wooden


  • Joining up and the Army of Occupation - William Dinnage
  • Vaults found in Betchworth Church - Jane le Cluse
  • Researching the Grenehurst Park Estate - Carol Cobb, Bernice Forsyth, Mary Day, Bridget Paterson, Dick Thomas
  • John Henry Gordon Lee-Steere 1895-1914 - Kathy Atherton
  • Rose Hill, Alfred Russel Wallace's house in Dorking - Michele Kohler
  • The sisters of Edward Kerrich of Capel - Mary Day


  • Post Office in Dorking - Bob Humphreys
  • Working on the Home Front in the Great War 1914-1918 - William Dinnage
  • From goods yard to car park - Terry Wooden
  • 300 years of family connections with Dorking - Charles Gordon Clark
  • The Brockham Park Estate: origins and owners - Albert Bird
  • The Star Pub, some reminiscences - Pamela Greenwood
  • John Robert Overton (1783-1849), a Dorking linen draper - Judy Buckley
  • The early years of St Paul's School, Dorking - Helen Wharmby 


  • Retail changes since the mid nineteenth century - Bob Humphreys
  • Dorking in the news
  • Denham Jordon - Rod Cooper
  • Surrey Association of Church Bell Ringers; First World War Roll of Honour - David Underdown
  • The water engine house in Betchworth Park, Dorking - Alan Crocker
  • The Great Bridge at Brockham - Jane le Cluse
  • Mullins' or Sheffield's? - Vivien Ettlinger


  • 19th century policing of Surrey before a paid police - Robert Bartlett
  • Charles Graham Robertson: a great eastern railwayman and holder of the Victoria Cross - Stephen Sellick
  • The Dorking Mendicity Society - Bob Humphreys
  • Transport of goods and personnel around nineteenth century mid Surrey - Bob Humphreys
  • Ascertaining the boundary between the manors of East Betchworth and Headley - 1801 style - Jane le Cluse
  • A child's shoe - Kathy Atherton


  • Lovely Sailing - Susanna Horne (the death of a Dorking foundry worker on the Titanic)
  • Mary Anne Cubitt of Denbies, A Detective Story - Mark Cortino
  • An exemplary Woman, Baroness Wootton of Abinger - Ann Oakley
  • The Beyfus family of Daisy Lodge - Kathy Atherton
  • Keep Calm and Carry On - extracts from the diary of Edith Mercer (1905-1995), edited by Terry Wooden
  • The History of Highacre, Dorking - Jim Edwards
  • The Baker, the Publican and the Horse-thief - by Mary Turner (the theft of horses passing through Dorking market in 1907)
  • 1966 CS gas used by police for the first time in the UK - Robert Bartlett (A siege in Betchworth)


  • History of Hoyle, Capel - Bridget Paterson
  • Local Boy Makes Good in Ontario (the emigration of William Tilt and his family of Capel/Holmwood in the 1830s) - Pam Palmer
  • New Light on William Tilt's Emigration - Mary Day
  • The Three Olympias, Holmwood's Huguenot Connections (the relationships between the Cazalet, Larpent and Wickham families of 19th century Holmwood) - Kathy Atherton
  • Letters from the Wotton Emigrants (letters from emigrants to in the early 20th century)
  • Francis Seymour Larpent - Vivian Timcke-Burdett
  • Charles Darwin, the Past and Future of Leith Hill Place - Kathy Atherton


  • John Langdon Davies (from conscientious objector to Home Guard via the Spanish barricades and the Holmwood - Kathy Atherton
  • Making History - the Dorking Bombard - Eric Mansfield
  • The strange case of the amoebic shape-shifting Common (on the changing boundaries of Holmwood Common) - Kathy Atherton
  • Tracing the ownership of Waterlands Farm - Mary Day
  • Flushed with Success? - Mary Day
  • A Narrow Escape (on runaway vehicles on the Holmwood)
  • Is this Dorking? - Jane Austen and the Watsons
  • The Two Pageants (on Ralph Vaughan Williams and the Abinger Pageants) - Renee Stewart
  • Twenty years after on Dorking's Model Farm (on Sondes Farm) - Pam Hunter
  • Tommy Warner - A citizen of Dorking - Nigel Evans


  • The Rangiora Connection (Food parcels from New Zealand after 1945) - Mary Turner
  • Lady Lawrence - an apology
  • The Oliviers in Dorking - Terry Wooden
  • Captain Swing disturbances in the 1830s - Bob Humphreys
  • Cotmandene - The People's Playground
  • Little Dudley House - Beryl Higgins and Vivien Ettlinger
  • An East End Invasion (Box Hill in 1891)
  • Dorking men in the Battle of Trafalgar - Coffey Holland
  • The Holmwood Manoeuvres of July 1876 - Maureen Cole
  • The Double Life of a Capel Yeoman (on the Tilt family of Holmwood) - Pam Palmer
  • The Admiral and the Obnoxious Ornaments (on Admiral Sir Leopold Heath and St Mary Magdalene, South Holmwood) - Kathy Atherton


  • Nurse Children and Foundlings, Early Visitors To Dorking - Vivien Ettlinger
  • Wartime Hazards on the Railway - Alan A Jackson
  • The Howling Terror - Brian Overell
  • 'A Bit of Singing and Dancing' - Emmeline Pethick Lawrence, the Esperance Girls' Club and the Sundial - Kathy Atherton
  • The Hubbard Family in Dorking - A Tale of 'Ernest' Endeavour - Mary Day
  • The Dorking Provident Institution - Terry Wooden
  • Not in My Back Yard - Victorian Version - Bob Humphreys
  • Dorking Chalk and Lime - Chris Childs and Mary Day
  • Nelson at Burford Bridge - Jan Elias


  •  John Fuller - Apprentice - Terry Wooden
  • Meadowbank - Pasture to Parkway 1649-139 - Mary Day
  • George Smith of Pixham - Norman E. Penty
  • The Story of the Battle of Dorking - Terry Wooden
  • Outrage in Stuart Dorking - Vivien Ettlinger
  • Number 10 Punchbowl Lane - Beryl Higgins and Vivien Ettlinger
  • The Evacuation of the Holmwoods - Kathy Atherton
  • Cold Burial in Canada - Terry Wooden
  • A Case of Urgent Necessity - Bob Humphreys
  • Dorking Petrol Service Station - Christopher Childs


  • Betchworth Castle - Martin Higgins
  • Looking after the Pennies - Victorian Friendly Societies - Bob Humphreys
  • A Personal Memory of Sherlock's Coachbuilders - Eric Mansfield
  • The Norfolk Arms, Holmwood - S.E. Worrow and Kathy Atherton
  • Big Guns by Rail - Alan Jackson


  • A Town and Country Gentleman in the Early 18th Century - Pam Hunter
  • The Textile Collection in Dorking Museum - Joyce Foster and Barbara Turnbull
  • Dorking Schools in the 1850s and 1860s - Bob Humphreys
  • Two Train Journeys through Dorking in the 1870s - Alan A. Jackson
  • Dorking Nurseryman Declared Bankrupt! - Vivien Ettlinger
  • Prehistoric Westcott - Gaby Rapson
  • Where's the Water Cart
  • Commemorative Board - St. Margaret's Ockley - Martin and Maureen Cole
  • Pixham Lane in the Old Days - Rose Cottage - David Newman
  • A Museum Adventure in Dorking - Terry Wooden


  • Dorking and its Members of Parliament 1832-1960 - Pam Hunter
  • Friendly Society Celebrations, Expansions and Benefits Around Dorking in the Nineteenth Century - Bob Humphreys
  • 'Jolywynds' and William Bowman of Holmbury St. Mary - Valerie Ferry
  • The Bell - Beryl Higgins and Vivien Ettlinger
  • Victoria's Golden Jubilee, 1887 - How Should Dorking Celebrate? - Mary Turner
  • The North Holmwood Pottery - Brian Overell
  • The Cabin, North Holmwood - Alan A. Jackson
  • The Home Guard School at Denbies - Recollections - Felicity J. Medland
  • Submission by Sarah Joyce to Poor Law Commissioners 1843

Please make cheques payable to 'Dorking Local History Group'.

Terms and Conditions of Sale: Goods remain the property of Dorking Local History Group until payment received in full. Account customers: Payment due within 30 days of invoice date.


Members' and other group publications:

The Lost Villages: a history of the Holmwoods by Kathy Atherton

Holmwood Histories Small

A history of Holmwood Common and the villages and farms surrounding it from the Stone Age to the present day.

2008 pp112 illus £8.00 Available via Holmwood Histories or by mailing Kathy Atherton directly.