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Dorking. A brief history by Joyce Foster

This booklet aims to provide a quick reference to stages in the development of Dorking. 

From prehistoric times to the end of the 20th century this little booklet is a nice introduction to Dorking.

Priced at £1.00 (reduced from £3.00)

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Dorking in Wartime by David Knight

David Knight captures the grim reality of wartime Dorking with his diary of events carefully complied from official records, Dorking Advertiser archives and personal accounts.

He uses a vast amount of material to link events covering the period from 1938 to 1946 vividly illustrating Dorking through the hostilities.

Although the town entered calmly enough into war conditions without panic or alarm, the harsh reality of those times soon became apparent when the skies filled with aircraft and trainloads of soldiers snatched from the beaches of Dunkirk passed through the town in June, 1940.

This book is 136 pages with black and white photographs. Published in 1989. Priced at £1.00. (Reduced from £3.50)

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Peter Labilliere by James Lander

Major Peter Labilliere (1725-1800) is today remembered (if at all) for his eccentric burial; upside down; on Box Hill, near Dorking in Surrey.  

Recent research has uncovered the life of a man who, in a life filled with transformations, was both a wastrel and an exuberant Christian. A friend to aristocrats and an agitator for political reform. A career soldier who opposed his own king – possibly to the point of treason. 

In his own strange way Major Labilliere tried to set the world to rights, but finally declared it to be “topsy-turvy” and desired to be buried upside down “so that at the end of it – he might be right”.

This book is 68 pages with black and white photographs. Published in 2000. Priced at £.100 (reduced from £4.95).

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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. 

Published in 1995. 

28 pages.

Priced at £.100 (reduced from £4.00).

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Mole Valley Open Gardens by David Drummond

An illustrated history of the National Gardens Scheme’s Open Gardens in Mole Valley.

Printed in 2016 – 80 pages with colour photography.

This book is priced at £3.00 (reduced from £10.00)

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