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.
DUE TO CURRENT GOVERNMENT RESTRICTIONS ON GATHERINGS (AND SCIENTIFIC ADVISE) THE PROGRAMME OF HERITAGE WALKS HAS BEEN SUSPENDED INDEFINATELY.
WHEN IT IS ONCE MORE LEGAL (& SAFE) FOR THE WALKS TO TAKE PLACE, I WILL PUBLISH HERE A TIMETABLE - BUT THAT WILL NOT BE BEFORE I HAVE RECIEVED MY SECOND DOSE OF THE VACCINE ON THE 22nd JUNE!
I SHOULD ALSO LIKE TO NOTE THAT DUE TO CHANGED FAMILY CIRCUMSTANCES, THE NUMBER OF WALKS WILL BE REDUCED FOR A WHILE TO JUST ONE A QUARTER.
I ANTICIPATE THAT (ALL BEING WELL) MY FIRST WALK WILL BE IN JULY OR AUGUST - SO WATCH THIS SPACE!!!
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 will also soon be 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), so please come back soon to view those pages.
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.