Vintage and Second Hand Books About Dorking

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

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

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.

This book has been donated by a Museum supporter. It is a little scruffy around the edges and has been stored for a long time.

The book is priced at £1.00.

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Early Victorian Dorking by Robert Humphreys

How did the residents of an English country town, with a population of around 4,000 in the mid nineteenth century, respond to a time of rapid national economic, scientific, social and political change? Much of the history contained in this book, taken from primary and secondary sources, is new and published for the first time. Focus has mainly been on Dorking, Surrey – a long established market, union and polling town situated just over 20 miles South West of the City of London. The changes brought by the industrial age changed facets of town life even in localities distant from the manufacturing centres. 

80 pages with black and white photographs and drawings. 

Published in 2002.

Donated by a Museum supporter – the book has slight water damage to a couple of inside pages.

The book is priced at £1.50.

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Memories of Old Dorking by Margaret K. Kohler

The book traces through the recollections of three old Dorking residents, their vivid memories of the town and its personalities from about 1825 – when George IV was King to Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee Year of 1887.

The three authors, Charles Rose, John Atlee and William Dinnage give us a wonderfully detailed account of ordinary life in Old Dorking.

Published by Kohler and Coombes in 1977.

This book was donated by a Museum supporter. There is a long inscription on the inside page. It has been stored for a long time – and the top of the book is a little bit discoloured.

The book is priced at £2.50.

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Dorking and District in old photographs by Keith Harding

Donated by a Museum supporter. 

Around 160 pages with black and white photographs. 

This book is vintage – and has been stored for a while, there is discolouration to top of book.

Published in 1993.

Priced at £2.00.

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Illustrated Handbook of Dorking

A facsimile of a book first published in 1858 (believed to be by John Dennis).

The book includes folding maps and plans and other black and white illustrations.

The book was a donation from a Museum supporter.

The front cover is ripped, and the top of the cover is fairly scruffy, there is an inscription on the inside cover. 

Priced at £5.00.

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The South Street Caves, Dorking

Donated by a Museum supporter.

A booklet by Cliff Weight, published in 1988.

The booklet is 28 pages and has black and white photographs and line drawings.

In good condition – a very small mark on the back.

Priced at £2.00.

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The Holloway Dorking : Medieval Farm to Modern Estate by Vivien Ettlinger

Donation from a Museum supporter. In good condition.

Signed by the author.

Medieval farm to modern estate.

Published in 1997. 48 pages with black and white drawings and maps.

The book is priced at £3.00

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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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History of St Martin’s Dorking by 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.

166 pages with black and white drawings. Published in 1990.

Donated by a Museum supporter. The book is a bit scruffy around the edges and has been stored for a long time.

The book is priced at £1.00.

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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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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 is in good condition, however the spine is faded.

48 pages. Published in 1984.

The book is priced at £3.00.

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A History of Sports in Dorking by Celia Newbery

Donated by a Museum supporter. 

138 pages with black and white photographs.

The book is showing a few signs of wear. It has been stored for a long time – and has a slight ‘old book’ smell.

Published in 1985 by the Dorking and Leith Hill Preservation Society.

Priced at £1.00.

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Time Gentlemen, Please – David Langford and Jim Docking

The Story of Dorking Pubs

Today, Dorking contains 18 public houses. By contrast in 1892, it boasted 46 with one pub for every 238 residents, including children, women and men who didn’t drink. This book recounts the history of these pubs using a wide range of sources, including a great deal of previously unpublished material. We cover not only the history of the buildings, but tales about the landlords, the clientele and their behaviour, visits by distinguished guests, the impact of stagecoaches and railways, the efforts of some pubs to fight for their very existence and the background of the town’s breweries. 

In reading this book, you will learn not only a great deal about the drinking establishments but also much about the town’s history and social life.

Donated by a Museum volunteer and is in good condition. No marks or inscriptions.

The book is priced at £4.00.

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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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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. This has a stain (coffee!) on the front cover. It’s also been stored for a long while – and is a little musty.

28 pages. Published in 1984.

Priced at £1.00.

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The Deepdene Dorking by Doris Mercer and Alan A. Jackson

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.

Donated by a Museum supporter. The book has been stored for a long time and is a little discoloured along the top.

Priced at £1.50.

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Pippbrook House. A Local Treasure by Jim Docking

This is the story of Pippbrook Estate and House in Dorking, from the 14th century to the end of 2015.

It is a tale of wealthy owners who benefitted the local and national communities in various ways and of the uses to which the house was put during the period of municipal ownership from 1930. 

The author was able to draw upon a wide range of both primary and secondary sources and to introduce much material that hasn’t been included in any previous publication.

This book was donated by a Museum supporter. It is a little bit scruffy around the edges and has been stored for a long time.

The book is priced at £2.00.

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Mole Valley District Council – Architectural Plans

12 page booklet published in 1988.

A guide to the architectural plans of Pippbrook.

The booklet is priced at 50p

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Dorking 1875 – The German Conquest of Britain Game

BASED ON THE GENRE-DEFINING CLASSIC OF MILITARY ALT-HIST FICTION

In 1871, G.T. Chesney’s “The Battle of Dorking” imagined an ill-prepared and outdated British military humiliated by the Prussian war machine. The story sent shockwaves throughout the horrified general public, and jump-started important reforms in the military. It also birthed a new genre, “invasion literature”, which influenced sci-fi classics like “War of the Worlds” and “Day of the Triffids”.

The mechanisms are simple and straightforward, with important differences in technology and doctrine built-in and handled behind the scenes so that the players can focus on manoeuvre and attack without having to compute odds or round off factors. The turn structure is intermingled so that the players trade off phases over the course of the turn, keeping everyone interested and engaged in the proceedings.Includes:

  • 88 die-cut counters
  • One huge stylish 17×22 inch map 
  • One 20 page rulebook

The game is priced at £7.50

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Industrial History of Mole Valley District by Peter Tarplee

Donated by a Museum supporter. 

Mole Valley District was formed at the reorganisation of local government in 1974, It consists of the old Leatherhead and Dorking Urban Districts together with much of the Dorking and Horley Rural District. It covers about 100 square miles stretching from Chessngton (in the London Borough of Kingston-upon-Thames) in the north to Gatwick (in West Sussex) in the south.

Extractive industries were an important part of the industrial past, the extracted materials varying as the geology changes across the District. Chalk quarrying and brickmaking were particularly important and were carried out at a number of sites in the area.

Railways and roads both use the north-south Mole Gap through the North Downs. The A24 and A25 roads cross at Dorking as do the London-Horsham and the Reading-Tonbridge railway lines.

In general the book gives brief descriptions of the main industrial activities in the District referring, where possible, to sites ard buildings which are still in situ. As well as the larger industries, other sites of particular interest are described; especially items which may not be included in other types of local history guide books. This book does not cover all industrial activities in the District, but it includes the information available at the time of its preparation. The Group would welcome details of any errors or omissions in the Guide so that our records, and those of others to whom we suply information, can be as accurate and comprehensive as possible.

72 pages with black and white photos. This book is in good condition. Published in 1995.

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

The Penguin Guide to Sussex by F. R. Banks

1957 Edition of the Penguin Book. 

A donation from a Museum supporter.

381 pages with black and white maps.

The book is priced at £2.00

Buy it online here.

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