(Featuring the Articles and Archive of Iain Wakeford)



From January 2014 the Woking Advertiser articles have taken the form of a 'Chronological History of Woking', starting with the Geology & Geography of the area, before moving onto the prehistory and then the general history of the area.

These articles are grouped together in the hope that it makes it easier for you to locate and access the relevant file.

The first section deals with articles from Geological times, right the way up to the Medieval Period, with a second section of articles on the Tudor Period up to  Georgian Times at the beginning of the 19th Century. The third section covers the Victorian period, with the fourth on 'Edwardian' Woking. At the end of the latter two sections are notes on the election results to Woking Urban District Council from 1895-1901 and 1902-1914 (with a similar note for the period 1915-1945 at the end of the 'Between the Wars' section).

By this stage the amount of information available meant that it was possible to look at the history of events from each year in some detail, and indeed for some years there were so many stories that more than one set of articles was needed to cover all I had to tell. Nevertheless I am aware that there are many more stories that have remained untold, either because of lack of illustrations (the Woking Advertiser like to print at least four or five each week), or more often through my own lack of knowledge. If there is a story from a particular period that you think I have missed, please let me know.

On the fifth section - The First World War - the articles were grouped together more by subject than by year, but on the sixth section (Between the Wars), the chronological nature of this series returned, with 'subject based' articles returning for the period of the Second World War.

The 1940's and 50's are covered in   'Early Post-War Woking', followed by 'Early 1960's'  and now 'Late 1960's' Woking  (with other decades to follow), with a return to a roughly chronological order (although obviously few stories fit neatly into any one particular year). You will also notice that instead of one large and at least a couple of smaller items, there is now just one story each week. This is because of an editorial change at the Woking Advertiser, but that doesn't necessarily mean that I will stick to that format here. My aim is that wherever possible this site will feature more information and illustrations than can be featured in print - so please return to look at future item.  If this week's newspaper item it is not quite here yet, please be patient, I will try to get around to uploading it soon.

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