Oxted & District History Society - Article
Oxted & District History Society

The Oxted & District History Society was founded in 1960, when a group of friends and local residents got together ‘ for the general study of the Science and Art of History, especially local history ‘. 

The first President was Richard Leveson-Gower of Titsey Place.  His knowledge of local history helped contribute to the development of the Society.  Lectures were held weekly, usually given by the Society’s Secretary, Richard Wright.  The Society was also encouraged by senior staff members at Oxted School, including H.C.Withers, whose widow, Beryl, was subsequently the Society’s Secretary and lecture programme organiser for many years.  After the first year it became apparent that the interests of the majority of members were much broader than just local history and the lecture subjects were widened.  Today this mixture of general and local history continues.

The connection with Oxted School led to the early meetings being held in a school classroom.   By 1974 the Society could no longer fit into a classroom and moved to the Oxted Library Meeting Room.  It became difficult to find enough good speakers for weekly meetings which became fortnightly.  By 1988 the Society had attracted still more members and again needed to move to larger premises, this time the Red Cross Hall in Hoskins Road.  In 2006-7 the Society moved again, this time to the United Reformed Church in Bluehouse Lane.  New members are welcome and the annual subscription is £20.  The Society has just set up a website on http://oxtedanddistricthistorysociety.org.uk and this has details of the current programme and past lectures.



Oxted and District History Society - Article for St. Peter’s Magazine