Vintage and Second Hand Books about Surrey

Most of these books are temporarily off sale due to being in our ‘in person’ book sale.

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

Old cottage and domestic architecture in South-West Surrey by Ralph Nevill

Donated by a Museum supporter. 

Ralph Nevill (1845-1917) became an architect and the first to specialize in studying vernacular buildings of Surrey, and had knowledge of archaeology. 

In 1889 he wrote Old Cottage and Domestic Architecture of South-West Surrey. This was based upon his sketches in ‘Spring Gardens Sketch-book’ a private work while with Sir G.G.Scott, along with his published work in the Builder, and his fine-line drawings of small buildings and their architectural features. 

142 pages with black and white line drawings. Published in 1892

The book is showing a few signs of wear. It has been stored for a long time – and has a slight ‘old book’ smell. There is a name and date written in the inside cover.

The book is priced at £40.00. Temporarily off sale

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Highway & Byways in Surrey by Eric Parker. Illustrated by Hugh Thomson

Donated by a Museum supporter.

This is a book bound by St. Olaves Grammer School, Southwark dated 1909. 

There is an inscription on the inside cover.

452 pages with black and white drawings. 

The book is showing slight signs of age… but is in pretty good condition. It has been stored for a long time – so has a little bit of an ‘old book’ smell.

Priced at £7.50. Temporarily off sale

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The Buildings of England – Surrey – Ian Nairn and Nikolaus Pevsner

1987 edition of Nairn and Pevsner’s 1951 publication.

This book has been donated by Museum supporter. It is a little scruffy around the edges – and has been stored for a long time – so has a little bit of an ‘old book’ smell.

The book is priced at £10.00. Temporarily off sale

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The Shilling Guide to Surrey

Donated by a Museum supporter.

“The Shell-Mex and BP “Shilling Guides” were published into the early 1960s. 

They were purchased at only Shell or BP service stations, were each given a separate commissioned artwork cover, these being by a wide variety of artists and designers. This splendid landscape view shows Surrey less as a commuter county for London but as a country retreat with the marvellous landscape of the Downs.  

It is by the well known and expert landscape painter S R Badmin. The front cover image had been used by Shell in their County Guides series of press adverts.”

The book is showing signs of age with a few marks on the inside pages.

14 pages with black and white photographs.

Priced at £3.00. Temporarily off sale

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Old West Surrey by Gertrude Jekyll

Donated by a Museum supporter.

“A nostalgic memoir of the old way of life in Gertrude Jekyll’s county of Surrey, before it was overrun by Londoners, helped into the county by the new railway system.”

Old West Surrey was first published in 1904, when Gertrude Jekyll was England’s most famous gardener, well known for her partnership with Edwin Lutyens, and for her prolific writings on the subject. But this book is different; it is her hymn to her happy childhood and her acutely-observed record of rural life and homes in the country around Godalming.”

“Whether you are after solid local history or a pretty picture book then this is the book for you.” Surrey History

This edition was published in 1978. 320 pages with black and white photographs.

The book is in good condition with no marks or inscriptions.

Priced at £7.50. Temporarily off sale

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Surrey Painted by Sutton Palmer. Described by A. R. Hope Moncrieff

Donated by a Museum supporter. 

Harold Sutton Palmer was born in Plymouth in 1854. He trained for two years at the South Kensington Schools, where he won a gold medal. The illustrations in this book speak for themselves the writer feels it no easy undertaking strike bass chords in prose that may worthily accompany these high notes of Surrey’s fame. But did his best towards pointing out its charm of varied formation and surface, displayed upon the course of excursions made in several directions, to bring in all the chief features. Authoring as well as the artist, both at least long journeys in this choice county that gives to many an adopted son, the work has been Labour of love. The moral enforced at once by and pencil is that few great cities are so lucky London in having at its back-doors a playground, pleasure-ground, and garden-ground of manifold interest and beauty.

The book was published in 1915, it has lost its dust jacket, and a couple of the pages have come loose. It has also been stored for a long time – and has a ‘musty’ smell.

The book is priced at £7.50. Temporarily off sale

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Aspects of Archaeology and History in Surrey. Edited by Jonathan Cotton, Glenys Crocker and Audrey Graham

Donation from a Museum volunteer. 

This volume was published to coincide with the 150th anniversary of the Surrey Archaeological Society.

It gathers together a number of papers presented at a conference held in June 2001.

Topics covered include:

The environmental history of Surrey; Engraved sequences and the perception of prehistoric country; Roman religious sites in the landscape; Supre-ge – the foundations of Surrey; The Surrey Historic Landscape Characterisation Project; Vernacular architecture; The impact of royal landholdings 1509-1649; Iron production in Surrey; Second World War defences in Surrey.

Size A4; xi + 260 pages including both colour and monochrome illustrations.

The book has water damage to the front and back cover and first few pages.

Priced at £10.00. Temporarily off sale

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The Little Book of Surrey by Rupert Matthews

Donated by a Museum supporter.

“The Little Book of Surrey is a funny, fast-paced, fact-packed compendium of the sort of frivolous, fantastic or simply strange information which no-one will want to be without. The county’s most unusual crimes and punishments, eccentric inhabitants, famous sons and daughters, royal connections and literally hundreds of wacky facts about Surrey’s landscape, towns and villages (plus some authentically bizarre bits of historic trivia), come together to make it essential reading for visitors and locals alike.”

Published in 2010.

144 pages with black and white drawings.

The book has an inscription on the inside page.

Priced at £3.00. Temporarily off sale

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Surrey at Work in Old Photographs by Chris Shepheard

The historic county of Surrey has employed people in a variety of ways in the last hundred years or so, often in work no longer carried on at all, or in jobs no longer carried on in Surrey. Professional photographer Chris Shepheard has assembled a fascinating selection of images which shows the changing face of work and provides a useful introduction to the social and industrial history of the county.

Work on the land kept many folk busy before the widespread mechanization of agriculture, and rural trades are well represented here. But Surrey has hosted a wide variety of manufacturing industries – from brick-making to gunpowder production – and cameramen, amateur and professional, were always on hand to record these occupations before their contribution to the county’s economic fabric ended. Neither were the services provided by airports, canals, power generation or the retail industry overlooked. Special sections deal with accidents and the fire and rescue services, and with the role played by women, particularly during wartime.

As well as provoking much nostalgic recollection, this delightful volume is a storehouse of information about the county’s past. It will be enjoyed as much by those who enjoy recalling the good old days as by those in search of their heritage.

Published in 1992. 160 pages with black and white photographs.

This book was donated by a Dorking Museum supporter. It has been stored for a long time and has a slight smell of ‘old book’.

The book is priced at £2.00. Temporarily off sale

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Villages of Surrey by David Rose

Donated by a Museum supporter.

“This evocative collection of archive photographs from the world-famous Francis Frith Collection shows Surrey from mid-Victorian times and depicts the considerable changes it has undergone during the twentieth century.”

Published in 2004. 122 pages with black and white photographs.

It has been stored for a long time and has a slight smell of ‘old book’. There is a sticker on the front of the book.

The book is priced at £2.00

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Surrey – A Photographic Record (1850-1920) by John Janaway (Signed by the author)

Donated by a Museum supporter, and signed by the author.

“The Nineteeth Century was a period of great social and economic change, and for Surrey, more than for most counties. The coming of the railway allowed tens of thousands of people the chance of a home in a rural setting that was also within daily reach of London.

John Janaway has collected photographs from many sources to create this record of Surrey as it was from the golden years of the Victorian era up to the end of the First World War. His book recaptures vividly the flavour of the period and will give much pleasure and value to Surrey’s present generations. 

Published in 1984. and reprinted in 1995. 95 pages with black and white postcards and photographs.

The book is faded on the spine and edges of the front and back cover. It has been stored for a long time – and is a little musty. There is an address sticker on the front cover.

Priced at £4.00.

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Surrey in Old Photographs by Dave Randle

Donated by a Museum supporter.

The quality of Judges’ photography combined with the author’s informative and entertaining commentary provides a surprisingly comprehensive introduction to the county.”

Published in 2003 and reprinted in 2005. 122 pages with black and white photographs.

It has been stored for a long time and has a slight smell of ‘old book’.

The book is priced at £2.00. Temporarily off sale

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The Watermills of Surrey by Derek Stidder

Donated by a Museum supporter.

“This excellent comprehensive study was written by Surrey Industrial Group member Derek Stidder and published by Barracuda Press in 1990. This is an essential reference book for anyone interested in watermills in particular or the Industrial history of the county in general.”

144 pages with black and white drawings and photographs.

The book is price clipped – but no other marks or inscriptions.

Priced at £5.00. Temporarily off sale

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Surrey by John Drewett

Donated by a Museum supporter.

Published in 1996. 120 pages with black and white and colour photographs.

A Shire guide to Surrey’s historic towns and villages and countryside.

The book is in good condition, although the back cover has come away from the spine.

The book is priced at £2.00. Temporarily off sale

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Surrey Weather Book by Mark Davison and Ian Currie

Donated by a Museum supporter.

First published in 1990 and reprinted in 1996. 120 pages with black and white drawings and photographs.

Pieces from the Surrey Mirror reporters on the weather over 100 years.

The book has been stored for a long time – and is a little bit musty.

Priced at £2.00. Temporarily off sale

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Surrey in the Sixties by Mark Davison and Ian Currie

Donated by a Museum supporter.

Published in 1994. 144 pages with black and white drawings and photographs.

This book is packed with more than 150 photographs of life in Surrey in the “swinging” sixties. Flick through the pages and find stories and photos of Kingston, Richmond, Dorking, Leatherhead and Guildford during that memorable decade. There’s trolleybuses, bubble cars, bouffant hair styles and even a picture of the Rolling Stones playing one of their first gigs at Richmond before they were famous. One picture shows George Harrison’s wedding at Epsom in 1966.

The book has been stored for a long time – and is a little bit musty.

Priced at £2.00. Temporarily off sale

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Surrey in the Seventies by Mark Davison and Ian Currie

Donated by a Museum supporter.

Published in 1995. 164 pages with black and white drawings and photographs.

Photographs and memories of the 1970’s

The book has been stored for a long time – and is a little bit musty.

Priced at £2.00. Temporarily off sale

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Surrey in the Hurricane by Mark Davison and Ian Currie

Donated by a Museum supporter.

Published in 1988. 120 pages with black and white, and colour photographs.

Photographs and memories of the Great Storm of October 16th 1987.

The book has been stored for a long time – and is a little bit musty. The front cover has also got a bit of a curve to it.

Priced at £2.00. Temporarily off sale

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In the Wake of the Hurricane by Bob Ogley

Donated by a Museum supporter.

Published in 1988.  Reprinted in 1995. 136 pages with black and white, and colour photographs.

Photographs and memories of the days after the Great Storm of October 16th 1987.

The book has been stored for a long time – and is a little bit musty. The front cover is a little marked.

Priced at £2.00. Temporarily off sale

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Surrey at War 1939-1945 by Bob Ogley

Donated by a Museum supporter.

First published in 1995. 200 pages with black and white drawings and photographs.

The book records the momentous events of six years of war in the county of Surrey as seen through the eyes of those who served in the forces, the services, the voluntary occupations, and the civilian population. 

The book has been stored for a long time – and is a little bit musty.

Priced at £2.00. Temporarily off sale

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Surrey Villains by W. H. Johnson

Donated by a Museum supporter.

Surrey, although having one of the lowest crime rates in England, can still claim to have its share of gangsters, hit men, fraudsters, drug smugglers, jewel thieves and extortionists. Johnnie Johnson tells the stories of these cunning and lawless people in this chilling and absorbing book.”

Published in 2004. 128 pages with black and white drawings and photographs.

The book is in good condition – but has been stored for a long time, so has a slight ‘old book’ smell.

Priced at £2.00. Temporarily off sale

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A History of Surrey by Peter Brandon

Donated by a Museum supporter.

“Surrey affords good examples of prosperous peasant life at the woodland margin in the Middle Ages and had some of the best developed industry before the Industrial Revolution. The landscape gardening which has made the county unrivalled in its still beautifully contrived scenery is a major contribution to the arts of Western Europe. “Dr. Brandon is meticulous in charting Surrey’s growth … detailed but not dull …” Surrey Advertiser”

Published in 1977 and reprinted in 1995. 128 pages with black and white drawings and photographs.

The book is price clipped – but no other marks or inscriptions.

Priced at £3.00.

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Francis Frith’s Surrey

Donated by a Museum supporter.

“This evocative collection of archive photographs from the world-famous Francis Frith Collection shows Surrey from mid-Victorian times and depicts the considerable changes it has undergone during the twentieth century.”

Published in 1999. 122 pages with black and white photographs.

It has been stored for a long time and has a slight smell of ‘old book’.

The book is priced at £2.00

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Surrey of one hundred years ago – Aylwin Guilmant 

Surrey, one of England’s smallest countries, has for centuries embodied contrasts in style and appearance. In the North, where its boundary is the Thames, there is industrial and, more recently, suburban London, and further south, are the more rural area of the Downs and the Weald, which were the playground for Londoners for centuries.

This book looks at these dual areas as they were a century ago.

Published in 1997, 116 pages with black and white and colour photographs and accompanying text.

The book is priced at £3.00.

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Portrait of Surrey by Basil E. Cracknell

Surrey is one of the most beautiful countries in Britain – and one of the most threatened. With its wide open chalklands, its pine-dotted ridges, its vast area of heathland and common, and its many attractive villages and country towns, Surrey is indeed a lovely county. Yet in its very beauty lies its greatest danger. For lying, as it does, at the very doorstep of London, the country is invaded every fine weekend by an army of cars. Of course people need to escape from the drabness of suburbia, but all too often they destroy the very peace and quiet they come to enjoy. This cruel dilemma, although not confined to Surrey, is more acute there than anywhere else in Britain, and it forms a principal theme of this book.

Book is in good overall condition.

255 pages with black and white drawings and photographs. Published in 1970.

Priced at £2.00. Temporarily off sale

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The Surrey Village Book by Graham Collyer

Donated by a Museum supporter.

Contains a description of over 140 Surrey villages, recalling the history, people and events that have given each its particular flavour.

First published in 1984 and reprinted in 1998. 224 pages with black and white pencil drawings.

The book has been stored for a long while – and has a slight smell of ‘old book’.

Priced at £1.50. Temporarily off sale

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The Surrey Pub Guide

 5th Edition of the CAMRA publication. No date but looks late 1980’s.

112 pages with lists of pubs.

Donated by a Museum supporter.

The book has been stored for a long time – and has an ‘old book’ smell to it.

Priced at £1.00. Temporarily off sale

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Literary Surrey by Jaqueline 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.

This book is marked on the front, and has a mark on the back. It has been stored for a long while and has a slight ‘old book’ smell to it.

200 pages. Published in 2005. Temporarily off sale

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Surrey and the Motor by Gordon Knowles

Donated by a Museum supporter.

“The story of road development, vehicle manufacture and motor sport in the county.”

Published in 2005.

225 pages with black and white photographs.

It has been stored for a long time and has a slight smell of ‘old book’.

The book is priced at £3.00. Temporarily off sale

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Motoring Around Surrey by Bryan Goodman

Donated by a Museum supporter.

This title is a pictoral history of early 20th transportation in the county of Surrey, in Southeast England.”

Published in 2001. 128 pages with black and white drawings and photographs.

The book is has no marks or inscriptions. It has been stored for a long while – and has a slight ‘old book’ smell

Priced at £4.00. Temporarily off sale

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What do you know about Surrey? Quiz Book

Donated by a Museum supporter.

95 pages of quizzes about…. Surrey

Published in 1973

The book is a little scruffy around the edges…

Priced at £2.00. Temporarily off sale

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Tales of Old Surrey by Matthew Alexander

Matthew Alexander was the Curator of Guildford Museum.

Surrey has a long history and a fascinating folklore. These are some tales drawn from this rich treasury. There are scenes from Surrey’s ever changing social and industrial history. Some are Victorian romances which have become accepted as ‘legends’. Still others tell of the superstitions and traditions that were such an important part of the country people’s way of life.

Donated by a Dorking Museum supporter. The book has been stored for a long time, and has the smell of ‘old book’ about it. 

95 pages.

Published by Countryside Books in 1985.

The book is priced at £2.00.  Temporarily off sale

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Surrey Within Living Memory. Surrey Federation of Women’s Institutes

Donated by a Museum supporter

Compiled by the Surrey Federation of Women’s Institutes from notes sent in by Institutes in the County. 

Published in 1992. 272 pages.

This book has been stored for a long while – and is a little musty.

Priced at £3.00. Temporarily off sale

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The South East from 1000 AD by Peter Brandon and Brian Short

Donated by a Museum supporter.

A volume dealing with the regional and local history of South East England, this covers the landcape and society of the modern counties of Surrey, Kent, East and West Sussex and Greater London, south of the Thames from late Anglo-Saxon times to the present. The authors have tried to show the diversity that can be found within the region as well as common characteristics which illustrate the local peculiarities of the area. The works in the series offer a synthesis of both historical and archaeological work in local areas. Each region is covered in two linked but independent volumes, the first covering the period up to AD 1000 and necessarily relying on archaeological data, and the second bringing the story up to modern times. It aims to portray life as it was experienced by the majority of people of South Britain or England as it was to become. The authors look at the major historical events which have an impact on the reagion – wars, plagues, technological changes and socio-cultural trends amongst them – but they also stress the underlying continuity of rural and urban life.

Published in 1990 and reprinted in 1995. 

444 pages with black and white drawings and photographs.

The book is in good condition.

Priced at £3.50. Temporarily off sale

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A Surrey Garland by Matthew Alexander

Donated by a Museum supporter.

Focusing on the 19th and early 20th centuries, this book describes Surrey’s rural traditions and customs, with the aid of contemporary photographs and picture postcards”

Published in 2004. 128 pages with black and white photographs.

The book has been read and is slightly worn, but no major marks or inscriptions.

Priced at £2.00. Temporarily off sale

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Surrey Privies by John Janaway

Donated by a Museum supporter.

A nostalgic trip down the garden path

This is a light-hearted look at Surrey’s loos of yesteryear, with local anecdotes and photographs of those buildings still standing.

Published in 1999. 96 pages with black and white photographs.

Book has no other marks or inscriptions. It has been stored for a while – so has a slight ‘old book’ smell.

Priced at £2.00. Temporarily off sale

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A Surrey Christmas. Compiled by John Hudson

Donated by a Museum supporter.

“We read of those legendary Victorian winters when the frost was so hard that ice parties could be thrown on the Thames at Richmond, of the diarist John’s Evelyn’s determination to keep aglow the light of Christmas in Puritan times, of Mrs Beeton’s festive recipes, of traders and paupers, charlatans and soldiers and life in the great country houses.

Published in 1996 and reprinted in 1998. 152 pages with black and white photographs and pictures..

It has been stored for a long time and has a slight smell of ‘old book’.

The book is priced at £2.00. Temporarily off sale

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Old Surrey Remembered – Nicolette Heaton-Harris

Donated by a Museum supporter.

Fully illustrated with period photographs, Old Surrey Remembered is a valuable record of an older way of life. Full of recollections of Surrey residents from up to a century ago, it provides an alternative, personal perspective on history. “

Published in 1998 and reprinted in 1998. 114 pages with black and white photographs and pictures.

It has been stored for a long time and has a slight smell of ‘old book’.

The book is priced at £2.00. Temporarily off sale

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