Surrey Local History Symposium

Last year EbRHS was awarded the Kenneth Gravett prize for the best display.

This year’s theme “Feeding the County-Agriculture in Surrey” will be a lot harder for us. Ideas and new twists on this theme are welcome as would be help is producing a display. Also come and  support us at the meeting itself.


Bath Road and its medieval origins

On Thursday the 24th November we heard a well researched and carefully reasoned talk by Mr Marshall giving his ideas on the origin of the Bath Road (A4). He believes it came into being in the 1200s, following a sound geological route and that it was responsible for Hounslow being founded on the boundary between Isleworth and Heston, and the growth of Maidenhead and Hungerford. The talk reflected his decades of work in Hounslow as a local history librarian and his love of its local history

The History of Staines Linoleum, a talk given by Nick Pollard

Probably not many shoppers heading into the Two Rivers centre in Staines are aware that this was the site of the Staines Linoleum Company from 1864 to the late 1960s. Then it was full of buildings for boiling linseed oil, powdering cork sheet and storing bales of hessian. Lino was invented by F Walton who bought the site because it had rail access to bring heavy raw materials in and take out the finished product and water power. The 22 acre site spanned the railway leading to the epithet ‘smelly Staines’. Lino was not only plain but in geometric designs, art deco and floral patterns, illustrated in pattern books rescued after the company’s closure in the 1960s. It was fitted into houses and also hospitals and ocean liners, as it was hygienic and the pattern never wore out. Vinyl and fitted carpets caused the demise of the company. It had employed several thousand people with a flourishing Social & Sports Club. The talk was well illustrated with many old photos, some rescued with the pattern books

Best display at Surrey Symposium

Each year the Local History Committee of Surrey Archaeological Society hold a one day conference on a particular theme.

This year it was Change and continuity in Church and Chapel in Surrey.

Societies are encouraged to bring displays and this year EbRHS won the Kenneth Gravett Award for the best display.

Jill Williams is seen receiving the award from Professor G Moss.

SLHS 2016 c

Award 2016

Egham Royal Show

The Society will be bringing a display to the show ground on Saturday & Sunday 27th & 28th August and there will be the opportunity to buy books and other local memorabilia.

We will have a special offer for the show only on some of our own published picture books -these will be reduced to £5. Please note we do not have credit card facilities.


We may also be able to help you with your questions about local history & events – the more information you have the (hopefully) easier it will be. If we can’t answer you there and then we may be able to find out later and contact you in your preferred option.