Vintage and Second Hand Books About Dorking and Surrey

Due to the ongoing situation with the COVID-19 virus – we will not be dispatching any books until we reopen.

These books are all vintage or second hand – please note the condition, they could be showing signs of wear and tear.

Abinger Parish Church by J.A. Gibbs

A History of Abinger Parish Church by Churchwarden J. A. Gibbs. 

Duplicate item from our Museum Library.

22 pages. Published in 1944

Priced at £3.50

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Crossways Farm, Abinger by Shirley Corke

A duplicate item from our Museum Archive.

16 page booklet printed in 1992.

Describes the history of the farm in Abinger Hammer.  There is a bit of water damage to the inside pages – but all pages are completely readable.

Priced at £2.00

Buy the book online here.

Remembered – Betchworth Men 1914 – 1919 by Karen Wilson

Biographies of all the soldiers who died in World War One and are remembered on the Betchworth War Memorial.

Donated by a Museum supporter. 

64 pages. Published in 2014 with colour, black and white photographs.

The booklet is priced at £2.00.

Buy it online here.

The Book of Box Hill by G. E. Hutchings

Published in 1952. 

50 page history of Box Hill, including fold out maps.

This is a second hand book and is showing signs of wear.

Donated by a Museum supporter.

The book is priced at £3.00

Buy it online here.

Box Hill by Geoff Chapman & Bob Young

Published in 1979. 166 page history of Box Hill, focussing on the wildlife in the area.

This is a second hand book and is showing signs of wear.

The book is priced at £3.00

Buy the book online here.

Birth of a Parish Church, Brockham

A brief history of the Church in Brockham

Donated by a Museum supporter. 

16 pages. No publication date – but sometime after 1980.

Priced at £1.00.

Buy the booklet online here.

Essays on the Historical Development of Capel 2009

A booklet on Capel history produced by the Capel History Group.

Donated by a Museum supporter

32 pages. Published in 2009. Priced at £2.00

Buy it online here.

A booklet on Capel history produced by the Capel History Group.

Donated by a Museum supporter

32 pages. Published in 2010. Priced at £2.00

Buy it online here.

The Residential Development of Deepdene Park, Dorking since 1920 by Alan A. Jackson

A study of the development of the land, from pleasure garden to middle class housing estate.

Donated by a Museum supporter.

28 pages. Published in 1984.

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The Deepdene Dorking by Doris Mercer and Alan A. Jackson

The Deepdene Dorking

There has been a house in this location from 1400, but the period that most people know the name Deepdene from is the Hope era (1808 – 1912).

Thomas Hope bought the house in 1808 and furnished it to rival his already famous Duchess Street House. After his death in 1831, the house left to his son Henry Thomas Hope who added to the house and the land. From here the house passed to the 6th Duke of Newcastle who let the great house lapse into a steady decline.

Its subsequent reincarnations as hotel and headquarters of Southern Railways during the Second World War added to the houses demise and it was eventually demolished in 1969.

This book has 74 pages with black and white photos and drawings. Published in 1996. 

This is an ex-Dorking Museum library book – and has a stamp on the back inside pages. There is also wear on the back cover. Otherwise the book is in good condition. It is priced at £2.50.

Buy the book online here.

Around Dorking and Box Hill by June M. Spong

Black and white photographs from the last 150 years showing the changes to the local area.

Donated by a Museum supporter.

Published in 2003. 128 pages This is a second hand book and is showing signs of wear.

The book is priced at £2.00.

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Dorking. A Surrey Market Town by Vivien Ettlinger, Alan A Jackson, Brian Overell

Donated by a Museum supporter. There is a name and address written on the inside cover – but the book itself is in good condition.

There has been a settlement in this corner of the Mole Valley since Roman times. This very informative book traces the growth and expansion of this town all the way from the Romans right through to the end of the 20th Century.

All the authors of the book have spent many years living in Dorking and are all experts in their fields.

This book is 124 pages with black and white drawings and pictures. 

Paperback. Published 1991. It is priced at £2.00

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Friends for Life by David Tregoning and Hugh Cockerell

Donated by a Museum supporter.

The history of the Friends’ Provident Life Office 1832-1982.

Including sections on the offices in Dorking, where the company has been based since 1958.

196 pages. Published in 1982. It is priced at £4.00

Buy it online here.

Dorking People by Coffey Holland

A book containing biographies of the many people who were born, lived or spent time in Dorking. 

Donated by a Museum supporter.

The book has a mark on the front cover – but the pages inside are nice and clean.

48 pages. Published in 1984.

The book is priced at £3.00. Buy it online here.

A Green and Pleasant Heritage by Patricia Bennett

A History of the Dorking and District Preservation Society 1980 – 2000.

Donated by a Museum supporter. Signed by the author.

32 pages. Published in 2002.

The booklet is priced at £1.50.

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St. Joseph’s Dorking. A Centenary History of the Church and Parish

Published in 1972. 43 pages.

Book is slightly faded on front and back.

The book is priced at £2.00.

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The Story of Dorking Parish Church

Duplicate item from our Museum Library.

24 pages. The booklet includes adverts from local Dorking businesses.

The booklet is priced at £2.50

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Concerning the Three Churches in Dorking Dedicated to St. Martin

The Ancient, the Intermediate and the Present

Records, memories and conjectures by an Old Inhabitant.

Donated by a Museum supporter. There is an inscription on the inside page. A few of the pages have age marks. The bottom of the spine is slightly damaged.

54 pages. Published in 1917.

The book is priced at £5.00.

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A History of St. Paul’s – The story of a primary school in Dorking by Helen Wharmby

A History of St Paul’s tells the story of the School from the day it first opened its doors in March 1860, through the varied and often traumatic events of the twentieth century, to the challenges the School now faces in the twenty-first century.

This is a donation from a Museum supporter.

Published in 2013. 212 pages with black and white photographs.

The book is priced at £3.50

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Living Stream by Patricia Bennett

Donated by a Museum supporter 

The booklet is 52 pages with black and white photographs. It tells the story of Pixham and its people.

Published in 1994.

The booklet is priced at £2.00.

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Leigh Place, Surrey and its Owners by John Watney

Donated by a Museum supporter.

The book has an inscription – a couple of pages have come loose – and (I think) there’s a couple of extra photographs that have been tucked into the book.

Published in 1893. 50 pages with Black and White photographs and line drawings. For more photographs of the book – click on the buying link.

The book is priced at £10.00.

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A Tannery in Gomshall by Ann Noyes

From the first Elizabeth to the second

Donated by a Museum supporter

28 pages. Published in 1987 by Shere, Gomshall and Peaslake Local History Society.

This is a vintage book and is showing signs of age. 

The booklet is priced at £1.00.

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Beare Green & the Holmwoods by Bill Smith

As seen by old postcards and photographs in the good old days.

Donated by a Museum supporter

32 pages. Published in 1987.

This book is showing signs of age. Including a mark on the front cover.

The book is priced at £1.00.

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The Holmwood. Compiled by Bill Smith

A donation from a Museum supporter.

A Surrey Village. A history over 2,000 years.

32 pages including black and white photographs. Published in 1982.

There is a name and address on the first page. And also a couple of notes in pen.

The book is priced at £1.00.

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40 Walks in & Around The Beautiful Mole Valley by Flip and Ian Cargil

Published in 2008.

76 pages of guided walks with map directions 

Donated by a Museum supporter.

The book is priced at £4.00.

Buy it online here.

The North Downs Trackway in Surrey by Rev. H. W. R. Lillie

An extract from the Surrey Archaeological Collections Vol. LXI.

A duplicate from Dorking Museum archives.

Follows the route of the Pilgrims Way through Surrey.

12 pages. Printed in 1964.

The booklet is priced at £1.00.

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On Your Bike in Surrey by Valerie Bennett

Donated by a Museum supporter

The Surrey Hills offer many opportunities for excellent cycling.  The routes chosen for this guide are designed to encourage leisure cyclists, family groups and even the seasoned cyclist.  

The routes vary in length from 12 to 32 miles and are fully described in the text and shown on the accompanying maps.

96 pages. Published in 2001. Reprinted in 2005. The book is priced at £2.50

Buy it online here.

The Charm of Old Surrey by H. M. Alderman

This book was donated by a Museum supporter. There is wear to the spine and a few marks on the back – but the pages inside are perfectly readable. 

Trefoil Publishing Company. 2nd Edition. 

The book is priced at £3.50. Buy it online here.

Literary Surrey by Jacqueline Banerjee

Donated by a Museum supporter.

Surrey is a lovely county in which to live—and write. Down the ages, writers of all kinds have sung its praises, and used it as a setting for everything from romantic entanglements to alien invasions. Jacqueline Banerjee is fascinated by the appearance of familiar scenes in their work, and by the whole impact of place on the literary imagination. She encourages us to look again (or perhaps for the first time) at these authors and the beautiful local places that inspired them, and to see them both with fresh eyes. Each chapter has helpful suggestions about how to do our own literary detective work, whether by “reading on,” or by exploring the Surrey countryside for ourselves.

The front cover has a rip at the top. Otherwise the book is in good condition.

200 pages. Published in 2005.

The book is priced at £4.00. Buy it online here

Mysteries of Surrey by A. M. Green

Interesting and unusual aspects of the county including Surrey’s ghosts and lost villages.

Donated by a Museum supporter – there is a name on the inside cover.

24 pages. Published in 1972.

The book is priced at £1.00

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A Surrey Memory by William Nash

This booklet tells William Nash’s story of growing up a Quaker in Surrey.

There is a mark on the front cover and the map at the back of the booklet has a few placenames underlined.

Donated by a Museum supporter

Published in 1979. The book is priced at £1.00.

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Pub Walks in South Surrey by John Quarendon

This is a second hand book – but is in good condition.

Published in 2003.

Walks around Abinger, Dorking, Westhumble, Coldharbour etc. 

96 pages. It is priced at £3.00.

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The Tillingbourne Valley by George E. Collins

George Collins was a Dorking resident at the turn of the 20th century. His paintings are displayed at Dorking Museum.

A mixture of a history and Collins’ diary, this beautifully illustrated book is Collins’ love letter to the Tillingbourne Valley –  an area just west of Dorking.

This book is 109 pages with black and white drawings.

Donated by a Museum supporter. 

 There is a mark (I think a coffee mug ring!) on the front cover.

The book is priced at £3.00.

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Vaughan Williams…. in Dorking by Celia Newbery

Donated by a Museum supporter.

The booklet is green – but for some reason shows up white in the photograph!

This booklet is 42 pages long with black and white photographs and drawings. Printed in 1972.

It is priced at £2.00.

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Ups and Downs in Surrey by Leonard Kitching

Book One : Walks in the North Downs between The Mole Gap and the Merstam Gap.

40 walks to the North of Dorking.

Donated by a Museum supporter

464 pages. Published in 2006. It is priced at £7.50

Buy the book online here.

Dorking 150

A donation from a Museum supporter.

A 10 page booklet celebrating the 150th anniversary of the railway coming to Dorking.

Published in the 1999.

The booklet is priced at 75p.

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Growing Up In Westcott by David Knight

Written by local author David Knight – this is an affectionate account of life in a small Surrey village throughout the 1940’s and 1950’s. 

A donation from a Museum supporter.

Published in 1995. 28 pages.

The booklet is priced at £1.00

Buy it online here.

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