This site contains articles on Woking’s History and Heritage by Iain Wakeford and the archive of historic documents that were originally featured on the website www.heritagewalks.org.
With restrictions lifted (for now at least), I am tentatively re-launching my HERITAGE WALKS around WOKING
with changing personal circumstances, the walks will now take place on a quarterly basis, starting with an 'Autumnal Amble' around Old Woking on Sunday 19th September and followed by a 'Winter Walk' in Horsell on Sunday 5th December.
The Old Woking Walk will start at 2pm by the Village Sign at the junction of Old Woking High Street (B382) and Broadmead Road (A247) . Parking is available in the rear car park on the opposite side of the mini-roundabout (not the front one, which has restrictions) - for SATNAV use GU22 9JH. The walk will take in part of the historic centre of the village, but will also cross the local meadows, so please wear suitable cloting and footwear for those conditions,
The Horsell Walk will start at 2pm on the pavement opposite the entrance to St Mary's Church, Church Hill, Horsell (SATNAV GU21 4QQ). There is limited parking in the village, so please do not block any drives or park in places with restrictions. Most of the walk will be on paved footpaths, but there may be some uneven surfaces (and certainly hills to climb).
All Heritage Walks are free and open for anyone to attend. There is no membership, no booking, just turn-up and walk. They are all circular (bringing you back to where you started), and last up to two hours. There will be frequent stops on the walk to look at features of historic interest (and hear about their heritage), so the walks are more like gentle strolls, rather than rambles. Everyone who joins the walks, does so at their own risk.
A program of walks for 2022 will be announced later this year.
If you are able to print and display one of the above linked posters, please do so - and tell as many people as you can about the re-started Heritage Walks.
This site now 'houses' my archive of local history material and memorabilia, copies of some of my books and booklets that I have written and published in the past, and the notes and illustrations that have been submitted for publication over the years to various newspapers, notably the Woking Informer (from June 2010 to December 2012) and the Woking Advertiser (from January 2013 to July 2019) – the latter articles including the ongoing series on Woking’s Chronological History.
Whilst these are no longer being published in the newspaper, I intend to continue to upload items from time to time, so please return on a regular basis to view how Woking progressed (if progress is the right word), from the 1970's onwards!
Also under the 'Articles' section you will find a series looking at 'Woking's War of the Worlds'. Based on my research for my guided heritage walks and illustrated talks on 'Wells, Woking and the REAL War of the Worlds'. Each article looks at a different chapter of the story with contemporary illustrations and notes on the history behind places featured in the original story.
There is also a section on 'Woking on Film' with links to the BFI and Britsih Pathe (and other websites) that have free access to historic films featuring this area.
In 2018, to commemorate the centenary of the end fo the First World War, and in conjunction with the Woking Magazine, I added two of the three Heritage Walks on the area that start from local War Memorials. These may also be added to from time to time.
This site now has over 600 different pdf files to download, and links to at least 70 other pages, making it probably the largest independent site dedicated to Woking's History and Heritage.
There is also now a new section on the research I have carried out into the history of my home in Old Woking (and that of some of the neighbouring properties), looking at the recent history of each property in detail, with another section on the history of Old Woking in general, starting with a look at where Old Woking begins - geographically and geologically, as well as historically.
If you find this website of interest please feel free to tell anyone its address. If you wish to place a 'link' to it please let me know as this site is free and independent of any organisation or authority and I want it to remain (and be seen to remain) that way. Any comments or views expressed on this site should not be taken to be the views of any company or organisation that I may be associated with.
If you have any constructive comments to make about the site, please email me at email@example.com although I cannot guarantee that I will make any alterations or even be able to reply straight away.
All the contents of this website are copyrighted and should not be reproduced in any form for commercial purposes without prior agreement. Anybody wishing to copy material for private and research study purposes may do so. © Iain Wakeford, 2018.