Woking's War of the Worlds

WOKING'S HISTORY & HERITAGE

(Featuring the Articles and Archive of Iain Wakeford)

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This section contains articles based on my research into H G Wells' science-fiction novel, The War of the Worlds.

 

The War of the Worlds was originally published in serial form in Pearsons Magazine before being released in book form in 1898.

 

2016 marks the 150th year of H G Wells' birth (and 70 years since his death), so to help celebrate I conducted a series of guided walks around the Woking area.

 

These pages were designed to compliment the walks, with each page looking at a different chapter of the book. They are illustrated with some of the original drawings from Pearsons Magazine, as well as some contemporary photographs and maps to show the Woking that Wells would have known (and therefore what the 'real' war would have looked like).

 

Obviously not every detail of the story and not every chapter of the book will be covered on this site - just the bits relevant to the Woking area. If you have not read the story before (or not read it for a while), I hope these notes will help to enhance your understanding of the setting for the story, and therefore enhance your enjoyment of what was, and still is, a remarkable piece of writing.

 

Introduction.

 

Chapter One - The Eve of the War

 

Chapter Two - The Falling Star

 

Chapter Three - On Horsell Common

 

Chapter Four - The Cylinder Unscrews

 

Chapter Five - The Heat Ray

 

Chapter Six - The Heat Ray in Chobham Road

 

Chapter Seven - How I Reached Home

 

Chapter Eight - Friday Night

 

Chapter Nine - Fighting Begins

 

Chapter Ten - In the Storm

 

Chapter Eleven - At the Window

 

Chapter Twelve - What I Saw of the Destruction

 

On Friday the 23rd September 2016, to mark the 150th anniversary of H G Wells' birth just two days before, the Surrey Advertiser produced 'live' coverage of my adaptation (along with Stuart Richards, James Chapel and Andre Langlois) of The War of the Worlds. If you haven't seen it, please use the link here. I hope you like it as it was great fun to write (and see reproduced live throughout the day).

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