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For people who have lived in Horley, whether recently, in the past or for most of their lives, they are sure to have heard of the Methodist Church; but few will realise that 2009 is the Church's Centenary.
This book gives 'a brief history of the church on its present site with a look back to earlier times'. It explains the history of Methodism in Britain and then in Horley through the Primitive Methodists and the Wesleyan Methodists.
The second half of the book traces the history of the Victoria Road site, together with photographs of the buildings and its Ministers.
On reading this carefully researched book, one is aware that this is a church that has seen many changes in its first hundred years and is prepared to 'Go Forward' to meet the changing world and the needs of the community.
This 32 pp. book is available for £2.00, from the Horley Methodist Church cafe Wednesday and Saturday mornings or, Mr. Peter Blakey phone 01293 786256 or Mr. Ian Newton 01293 431625
Veronica Ballard? July 2009
The Horley connection with the family is covered in some detail from 1713 and describes their connection with properties such as Cinderfields, Horley Mill, Old Mill House, Hutchins and Benhams besides family names including Flint and Maple. All these names are either still known today or frequently referred to. One very interesting passage deals with the 1812 inventory (list of goods and chattels left on the death of John Blundell) and the other details the efforts Richard Blundell made in attempting to regain in Chancery the family estates from the Hughes side of the family. This continued in almost a re-run of "Bleak House" for over half a century.
A copy is now held by the History Society and one will it is hoped shortly be held by Horley library.
This book is available for £12 from: Synjon Books, 5 Homestead View, The Street, BORDEN Sittingbourn, Kent, ME9 3JQ