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About Us

Welcome to Horley Local History Society

The Society that was formed back in 1951 continues to provide a friendly forum where all with an interest and an enquiring mind about the history of Horley and its environs, from the earliest times up to the present, can meet to listen to speakers, discuss and undertake research on all aspects of local history. It encourages and archives the collection of data, information, photographic and aural records of how Horley has developed over the centuries. In over 50 years of existence, it has assembled copies of a large collection of maps of the district, one dating back over 400 years. It also holds extensive census and parish records, sales documents of past properties, wills, family trees, photographs, etc, most accessible to members for study and research.

Many of its members are involved in on-going research into a range of subjects the findings of which result in the publication of books, papers, reports etc. The books are available to the public and to members at a discounted price.

The Society meets at 7.30 pm for 8 o'clock every 4th Thursday in the month at The Strawson Hall, Albert Road, Horley. During summer months walks and outside visits are planned which cover various aspects of local history.

Visitors are always welcome The Society participates in local exhibitions and is a member of the Surrey Archaeological Society and the Surrey Industrial History Group contributing to their various projects.

Members of the Society also man the Horley Local History Centre desk in Horley Library every Tuesday afternoon between 3 and 5 pm and Saturday mornings between 11 am and 1 pm, to answer questions posed by both young and old, or help those undertaking historical projects and family history research. We also welcome those who wish to share their knowledge of old Horley with the Society during these sessions to add to Horley?s most interesting heritage.