Welcome to the RH7 History Group
The local history group for Lingfield and the surrounding areas
The Group, which was founded in 1999 by the late Peter Gray - an eminent local historian and acknowledged expert in historic buildings, aims to encourage and assist in the study of local and family history. As our name suggests, we mainly focus on the RH7 postal district which covers the south-east Surrey communities of Lingfield, Blindley Heath, Crowhurst, Dormansland and Newchapel.
We meet on the second Monday evening of every alternate month (January, March, May, July, September and November) at the Lingfield & Dormansland Community Centre and generally have a visiting speaker to talk on local or topical subjects. See our Events page for more details.
Members are encouraged to undertake research of their area, house or any local history subject they choose (help is available when needed), and results may be published in the form of factsheets. Our research is also made available to a wider audience through local history exhibitions held in the Community Centre.
We have close ties with the Hayward Memorial Local History Centre, Lingfield, where Group members act as stewards on the first Saturday morning and third Thursday afternoon of each month.
Membership fees are £10 single and £12 joint (two members at the same address) and fall due on 1st October each year. Non-members are very welcome to attend our meetings - there is a £2.50 charge for visitors.
If you are not already a member of the Group but would like to join us, please email our Secretary.
May 25th to June 1st - Exhibition: All Over By Christmas? The Local Impact of World War I
As 2014 marks the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, the RH7 History Group is planning an exhibition to show the effect of the war on the local community.
We aim to show individual stories of people who were directly involved in the war - people who joined the services to fight - but also the effect on the rest of the community. Those who were left behind had to manage without the manpower - we want to show how farms, businesses and other services carried on without the people who had gone away. The absence of men changed the roles of women, then and afterwards - we would like to find stories illustrating what that impact was. We will also look at the aftermath of the war for our area.
We would welcome any information, stories or material people have about the First World War and its impact on the local community. We are particularly interested in stories about people who went to war or who took on roles because others had done so.
If you have a story or information, we should be very happy to talk to you about it. You can contact us via the Webmaster or telephone Ian Jones on 01342 832907 or Felicity Pool on 01342 832519.
This website is intended to provide information about the activities of the Group and as a medium to publish the results of our research. It also provides a means for you to get answers to questions you may have about the history of the area - if you have any local or family history research queries relating to the RH7 area we would be happy to help or post an item on our Notice Board. Please email your questions to The Webmaster - we would also like to hear from you if there is anything you think should be added to the website.
Intrigued by our logo? Well, it's a stylised representation of St Peter's Cross, on the western boundary of the Billeshurst Manor, which can be seen today next to the village pond with the old lock-up (known as the Cage) attached.
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