Books on Sale

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 £1.00 (reduced from £4.95).

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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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A History of St. Martin’s by Lady Alexandra Wedgwood

This book is an authoritative account of the church and parish from Saxon times to the present day. It is illustrated with many specially commissioned photographs and plans. There is a chapter on the important place that music has held in the life of the church. Since St Martin’s is now a Shared Church, the history of Methodism in Dorking is given in full. Also included are the other two other churches attached to the parish, St Barnabus, Ranmore and St Mary the Virgin, Pixham. 

Lady Alexandra Wedgwood is an architectural historian educated at the Courtauld Institute. For many years she was the Architectural Archivist in the House of Lords Record Office. She is the author of many books including studies of Pugin. She is the Painting Curator of Dorking Museum.

Priced at £2.00 (reduced from £5.00)

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