Our Library

Thanks to the generosity of society members down the years, there is a huge library of history books available to Surbiton & District Historical Society members – a valuable and remarkable resource.

Simply email timharrison444@hotmail.com if there are titles you want to borrow – for research or just for general enjoyment.
The book(s) you want will be ready for you at the start of the next meeting. The plan is to also have a mix of books at each meeting, for spontaneous selection!

Donations of history books – particularly local history books – are always welcome, and greatly appreciated.

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 1930s Musicians of Tolworth, Berrylands & Surbiton by Alban Law (2022)Intriguing 16-page booklet, including map in the centre, with the potted histories of local orchestral and jazz musicians of the 1930s, and their addresses, plus local venues of the era
 A Brief Catalogue of the Pictures in Dulwich College Picture Gallery by the Gallery Governors (1953)Alphabetical list of artists, followed by a numerical list of pictures
 A Brief History of Esher Meeting of the Society of Friends by Richard Haynes (1971)Esher’s Quaker meeting house history, including extracts from old minute books and a scattering of pictures
 A Century of Kingston upon Thames by Tim Everson (1999)Full of pictures of Kingston, a history of the town right through the 20th century, complete with interesting captions
 A Fair and High Locality by Sue Lown and Patricia Panizzo (1996)The chronicle of Coombe Ridge House and the Manor of Coombe – the childhood home of John Galsworthy. Includes many family pictures
 A Guide to the Industrial Archaeology of Surrey by Glenys Crocker (1990)Divided up by areas, this booklet was published by the Association of Industrial Archaeology for its annual conference, held in Guildford. Elmbridge and Epsom & Ewell are included
 A Historical Sketch of Thames Ditton by Philip J Burchett (1985)A prolific local author’s well-illustrated history of the Thames Ditton area from its origins to the early 20th century. Some unusual sketches and photos are included
 A History of Bourne Hall by Mabel Dexter (1994)Published by the Nonsuch Antiquarian Society, the story of Bourne Hall in Ewell
 A History of Surbiton, 1830-1894 by Linda Palmer (1979)A well-researched, privately published history of Surbiton’s origins, including the coming of the railway. Includes photocopies of some old pictures
 A History of Surrey by HE Malden (1905)A venerable volume tracing Surrey’s history from Roman times through to the 19th century
 A History of Surrey by Peter Brandon (1977)From medieval times to ‘the austere present’, a journey through the county, broken up into topics and categories
 A History of The Parish Church of Kingston upon Thames by Leonard W Cowie (c1992)The story of All Saints church from its origins in Roman times to the present day
 A Literary Guide to London by Ed Glinert (2000)A hefty 436-page paperback, published by Penguin, taking you on a tour of places associated with literature and writers in the capital
 A Notable Emission for Kingston by Roland Clarkson (1994)Booklet, based on a lecture, about a Kingston councillor’s efforts, in the 1930s, to relieve poverty in the town after the General Strike
 A Numismatic History of Kingston upon Thames by RN Clarkson (1997)Published by the Kingston Numismatic Society, a coin collectors’ guide to local trade tokens and coins
 A Short History of Surbiton Old People’s Welfare Committee 1949-89 by Edith Bidmead (1989)A history of the first 40 years of the committee based at the centre at Alfriston, Berrylands Road
 All Change by June Sampson (1985)History of Kingston, Surbiton and New Malden in the 19th century, written to raise funds to restore St Luke’s church
 All Change by June Sampson (1991)Revised and amended version of her history of Kingston, Surbiton and New Malden in Victorian times
 All Our Yesterdays, A Pictorial Record of the London Borough of Sutton over the Last Century by Ian Bradley, June Broughton and Douglas Cluett (1977)Some magnificent old black and white images from the collection held by Sutton Libraries
 An Index of Kingston Quakers in the 17th Century by JSL Pulford (1971)Published by the Walton & Weybridge Local History Society, this photocopied (and hand-typed) account lists Kingston’s early Quakers and their dates
 Antiquities of Surrey by JW Lindus Forge (1965)Published by Surrey County Council in the mid-60s, a detailed list of treasures, plus pull-out maps
 British Orders and Decorations by Peter Duckers (2004)Richly illustrated guide to all the orders of knighthood and chivalry, and their precedence
 Britons Never Will Be Slaves by John Pink (1997)Surbiton historian John Pink’s account of the grievances aired by domestic servants in Kingston and Surbiton is 1872
 Bygone Surrey by Kevin McCormack (2009)The story of transport in Surrey, including old Green Line buses, London buses and trains
 Carshalton House by Anon (c1970)A hand-typed history of Carshalton House, from 1696 to 1893, which appear to be the notes of an anonymous past speaker at a Surbiton & District Historical Society meeting
 Centenary Chronicle, Surbiton High School, 1884-1984, by Andrea Benn, Emily Dyer, Rosemary Thornhill and Mrs Mason (1984)The history of Surbiton High School, and a comprehensive update of what past pupils from all eras are now up to. The history is organised by decades
 Centenary Magazine, Tiffin Girls’ School, 1880-1980, by ‘HJ’ (1980)Anniversary issue of school magazine, including illustrations of original school locations
 Chantry Chapel to Royal Grammar School by David Ward and Gordon Evans (2000)Millennium published history of Kingston Grammar School from 1299 to 1999 by two former pupils. Also includes a leaflet about the Lovekyn Chapel in London Road
 Characters of Kingston by June Sampson (1974)Drawn from a series of features which ran in the Surrey Comet in May and June 1974, this illustrated booklet includes research on Kenelm Lee Guinness (the KLG of sparkplug fame) and Eadweard Muybridge
 Chessington Remembered by Mark Davison (1999)Local journalist Mark Davison’s tribute to Chessington; a social history featuring many first-hand accounts of life in the area in bygone times
 Chiddingfold Village Bonfire by Harold Mullard and Alan Gale (1990)A pamphlet, illustrated, about the Surrey village’s regular bonfires (for over 150 years), following a talk given on the history of Chiddingfold by a local churchwarden in 1991
 City Posts (Coal Posts) in Epsom & Ewell and Banstead by Martin Nail (1992)Published by the Nonsuch Antiquarian Society, this is a reissue of a paper originally prepared in April 1964, listing the locations of the white-painted cast-iron posts, known as city or coal posts and set in place in 1862, which mark the boundaries of the parishes of Epsom and Banstead
 Cleave’s Almshouses 300th Anniversary by Ernie Pountney (1969)Researched by 88-year-old Mr Pountney, this booklet marks the 300th birthday of the almshouses in London Road, Kingston, and the founder, William Cleave. Publication was paid for by an advert for the Morning Star
 Country Girls Preferred. Victorian Domestic Servants in the Suburbs by John Pink (1998)Surbiton historian John Pink details how servants worked in fashionable local houses in Kingston and Surbiton
 Craft of the Inland Waterways by DJ Smith (1987)The history and evolution of crafts using Britain’s waterways, from prehistoric times to the present day
 Dickens’s London by Peter Clark (2013)A book written to mark the 150th anniversary of Charles Dickens’ death, this is an exploration of central London in five walks describing the city as it was in the writer’s time
 Dickens’s London historic map by Geonex (2013)Souvenir map showing the London of Dickens’ day – a fold-out guide including pictures of landmarks and personalities
 Domesday Book, Surrey by John Morris (1975)The original (rather impenetrable) text on one page, and translations and clarifications on the other
 Dorich House Guidebook by Brenda Martin (2004)The story of Kingston Vale sculptor Dora Gordine and the house that she, and husband Richard Hare, designed and built
 Eadweard Muybridge of Kingston upon Thames by BD Williams (1984)Booklet accompanying an exhibition in Kingston about the internationally famous photographer of movement and pioneer of cinematography
 Edwardian England by Donald Read (1972)A Reader in Modern English History at the University of Kent studies the years between Victoria’s death in 1901 until the outbreak of the First World War
 Elmbridge-on Thames, by Philip J Burchett and Christopher J Burchett (1995)A series of essays and pictures celebrating Elmbridge borough’s links with the Thames
 Emmanuel Church, Tolworth, 1935-85 by John Crittenden (1985)The story of the first half century of Emmanuel church in Tolworth, including illustrations and photographs
 Enjoying Historic Churches by Lawrence Jones (1964)With a foreword by the Archbishop of Canterbury, no less, this slim volume draws on examples and pictures of churches all over England to give visitors ideas about what to look out for
 Enjoying Historic Churches by Lawrence Jones (1964)Duplicate copy of the slim volume which draws on examples and pictures of churches all over England to give visitors ideas about what to look out for
 Enlightened Despotism by Fritz Hartung (1957)Elongated essay by a writer who was a professor in Berlin from 1923-49
 Epsom Common by Ted Dowman (1981)Early story of Epsom Common – its geography, buildings, history and relics, including nature notes
 Epsom Common by Harold Gough (1993)Guide, published by the Epsom Common Association, covering the history of Epsom Common
 Epsom: Town, Downs and Common by Brian Salter (1984)A historical trail around the buildings and history of Epsom
 Epsom’s Hospital Railway by RI Essen (1991)Illustrated history (including some added newspaper cuttings) of the private railway that ran from Ewell station (now Ewell West) to what was then the largest concentration of mental hospitals in Europe, including Long Grove. A fascinating account
 Esher Memoirs by Marian Barker (1972)A curious, opinionated little autobiography about life in Esher in the early 20th century
 Essential Surbiton by John Pink (1999)A one-hour guided walk around the key buildings and sites in central Surbiton, compiled by a local historian
 European Rule in Africa by AJ Hanna (1961)Booklet about Kenya and other countries in Africa, and the territorial claims of European countries in the 1880s and 1890s
 Exploring the Regent’s Canal by Michael Essex-Lopresti (2000)Built in 1812, the Regent’s Canal remains one of the capital’s favourite waterways. Here is its history, and a detailed guide
 Fairest Scenes by Michael Symes (1988)A look at five great Surrey gardens – concentrating on Claremont, Esher Place, Oatlands, Painshill and Woburn Farm
 Fantastic Symphonist by Philip J Burchett (1988)The Thames Ditton author writes two short plays about Hector Berlioz and Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and illustrates them with line drawings
 From Talworth Hamlet to Tolworth Tower by Patricia Ward (1975)Proof copy of Pat Ward’s first history of Tolworth (she later co-authored The Story of Tolworth in 2015), mostly complete but in loose-leaf form
 Glimpses Into The Past: Paddington, Little Venice & Maida Vale Over the Years by Hans Norton (2005)A series of sketches reflecting the changes brought about by the arrival of the Grand Junction Canal, produced for the Paddington Waterways & Maida Vale Society
 Greater Love Hath No Man: St George’s Memorial Chapel, Ypres, by Gillian Hawkes (2012)An illustrated exploration of the history of St George’s chapel at Ypres on its 75th anniversary
 Half a Century of Kingston History by F Somner Merryweather (1887)Reprint of one of the classic reference sources for anyone writing about Kingston history, with some quirky old illustrations
 Ham House and its Owners through Five Centuries, 1610-2006, by Evelyn Pritchard (1996)Published by the Richmond Local History Society, a full history of a remarkable building
 Hampton Court Palace by GH Chettle (1955)The Ministry of Works guide to the palace, illustrated in black and white
 Hello Tolworth, I’m Ziggy, by Tim Harrison (2021)The live and times of the Toby Jug pub in Tolworth, and the story of the building, and demolition, of the venue where David Bowie launched his most famous character, and where Led Zeppelin, Fleetwood Mac, Rod Stewart, The Damned and a host of other bands played
 Hidden Kingston by June Sampson (1975)Historical information about Kingston distilled from a series of features published in the Surrey Comet newspaper in the spring of 1975, and published in book form. Includes features on Nuthalls restaurant and The Empire
 Hidden Surrey, Town & Country by Chris Howkins (1990) 
 An exploration of the deeper recesses of some of Surrey’s towns, including Epsom and Thames Ditton 
 Historic Towns of Hampshire & Surrey by David W Lloyd (1992)Includes Kingston and Epsom, although the emphasis is on towns and villages further south. Some good photos and old maps
 History of Shrewsbury House School by Anon (2007)Text of a talk charting the history of Shrewsbury House prep school in Ditton Road, from its origins in Claremont Crescent to its current site
 Hook Remembered by Mark Davison (1997)Large-format book, packed with old photographs, showing the development of Hook and the Ace of Spades through personal stories
 Hook Remembered Again by Mark Davison (2001)Further pictures and memories of Hook, including Victorian scenes and early snaps of old roads
 How We Worked. Working in Kingston upon Thames 1900-1950 by Rory O’Connell and Claire Nunns (1989)The working life of Kingston sub-divided into laundries, shops, family businesses, public services and housework
 In and Around London Walks by Ordnance Survey (1999)A 96-page paperback, published as a Pathfinder Guide, featuring walks around the capital
 Kensington & Chelsea in Old Photographs by Barbara Denny and Carolyn Starren (1995)The story of the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea told in photographs and long captions
 Kingston. A guide to the Old own Conservation Area by June Sampson (1976)Published by the Kingston Society, a booklet giving visitors to Kingston an overview of the town’s older buildings
 Kingston and Surbiton Old & New by June Sampson (1992)A selection of old postcards of Kingston, Surbiton, Hook and Tolworth, set alongside pictures taken at the same spot in the 1990s
 Kingston and Wimbledon Tramways by Robert J Harley (1995)The story of the area’s trams, well-illustrated, including photographs of Victoria Road and Claremont Road, Surbiton
 Kingston Conservation Area folder (2004)A complete set of all 26 booklets explaining the location of all the conservation areas designated in Kingston borough from 1971 to 2004, collected together in a folder by society member Ken Knight
 Kingston Cycling: Past and Present by Les Bowerman (1989)Well-researched history, illustrated with sketches, of the history of cycling in Kingston and Surbiton, including a map showing the location of Surbiton’s cinder cycle track and the life story of John Keen, the area’s most famous cycle racing pioneer
 Kingston in the Fifties by June Sampson and Mark Davison (2008)A collaboration between two local historians to produce a book celebrating Kingston in the 1950s, when you could park outside Bentalls and swim in Surbiton Lagoon. Some glorious photos
 Kingston Market Place by Anne McCormack (1977)Looseleaf folder of photographs and photocopies telling the story of Kingston’s historic market, including an 1850 etching of the Shrove Tuesday football game
 Kingston, Surbiton and Malden in Old Photographs by Tim Everson (1995)Pictures from around the borough in Victorian and Edwardian times
 Kingston Then and Now by Margaret Bellars (1979)The author was the Kingston Borough News historian – the arch rival of June Sampson on the Surrey Comet! June thought Margaret’s book was rubbish, but it actually has some very interesting nuggets in it
 Kingston Through the Centuries by Marion Shipley (1986)Short history of the Royal borough told by Kingston’s heritage officer, primarily for use in school history projects
 Kingston upon Thames by Anne McCormack (1989)Picture-driven history of the town and borough by a former borough archivist. Many rarely seen photographs
 Kingston upon Thames, A Dictionary of Local History by GB Greenwood (1965)Intriguing potted history of Kingston borough, published following the 1965 merger of the boroughs of Surbiton, Malden & Coombe, and Kingston, to form a new Greater London borough. Nuggets of local history under alphabetical headings
 Kingston-upon-Thames and Surbiton in 1891 by Robert Harris (1978)A reprint of an old volume, full of contemporary adverts for local businesses, published in 1891. Some excellent photos of old shopfronts
 Kingston upon Thames Archaeological Society Occasional Papers 1 by IJ West, 1974Original research by members of the archaeological society covering: Excavations at Old Bridge Wharf, Kingston; Coombe Hill Farmhouse; Early postal services in Kingston; 29 Market Place; Batson’s Forge and Wheelwright’s
 Kingston upon Thames As It Was by Bryan Woodriff (1980)A selection of old photographs, compiled and captioned by the head of the Centre of Industrial Archaeology at Kingston Poly
 Kingston-upon-Thames Then & Now by Celia Mannings (2001)Old and new views of Kingston town, with old sepia pictures contrasted with modern photos taken at the same location
 Kingston-upon-Thames Then & Now In Colour by Tim Everson (2012)Old pictures of the Royal borough set alongside more modern photos
 Kingston upon Thames Through Time by Tim Everson (2010)Another volume with old photos (around 90) set alongside their equivalent today, showing how the town has changed
 Kingston’s Past Rediscovered by Joan Wakeford (1990)An unusual, scholarly look at Kingston from an archaeological perspective, but filled with rare photos of specific Kingston buildings of the past
 Last Verses by Philip J Burchett (1986)Illustrated by the author, who lived in Thames Ditton, this is a collection of local poetry and pictures inspired by the author’s travels around the area, and further afield
 Liberalism in 19th Century Europe by Irene Collins (1957)The University of Liverpool lecturer looks at Liberalism in Europe
 Limited Monarchy in Great Britain in the 18th Century by Richard Pares (1957)What were the limitations on monarchy in the 18th Century? Did they come about via act of parliament?
 Local Highwaymen by Clive Whichelow (2000)The tale of highwaymen and footpads in Kingston, Wimbledon, Richmond and Putney
 Local Inns and Hotels by Colin Cornish (c1990)Loose-leaf folder, published by Kingston’s Heritage Unit, with old photos of Kingston pubs (many long gone), and short descriptions in an accompanying booklet
 Local Faces. The People of Richmond and Its Borough by Anne Purkiss (2001)Collection of black and white photos of Richmond personalities, including Ken Knight, for decades an active member of SDHS
 London’s Canals by Derek Pratt (2004)Illustrated with colour pictures, a guide to the network of man-made canals in the London area
 Long Ditton Parish Highway Rate Book (1841)Copy of the rate book for Long Ditton and part of Tolworth from 1841, made in 1980 after the original was given by the Society on indefinite loan to Surrey County Council’s record office
 Malden Old & New, A Pictorial History by Stephen H Day (1990)A book of old postcards and archive photographs, contrasted with modern-day views taken from the same spot
 Memories of Kingston upon Thames by Judith Dennis and Andrew Mitchell (2000)A lively history of Kingston, packed with black and white photos, showing the town at work and play
 Millais and the Hogsmill River by Barbara CL Webb (1997)How Millais came to paint his masterpiece Ophelia on the banks of the Hogsmill between Tolworth and Ewell
 Modern India by S Gopal (1967)Produced for the Historical Association, a booklet about modern Indian history (well, up to 1967 anyway), starting from Vasco da Gama’s visit in 1485
 More Thames Ditton Tales and Scandals by TS Mercer (1965)Murders, bodysnatching and scandals – a different take on Thames Ditton’s history
 My Store of Memories by Rowan Bentall (1974)The history of the Kingston department store in words and pictures, from its first incarnation as a draper’s shop
 Nature Conservation in Kingston upon Thames by Sue Swales, Ian Yardham and Bob Britton (1992)Analysis of the soil, landscape and green spaces in the Kingston area in the early 1990s
 Newspapers and cuttings, 1914A copy of Pearson’s Weekly, a copy of London Opinion, and a copy of John Bull magazine, all from a few months before the First World War. All in very fragile condition. Also Daily Sketch papers from the same era. Plus a handful of other random newspaper cuttings
 No Small Change. 100 Years of Sutton High Street by Frank Burgess (1983)Using photos from Sutton Libraries and Arts deparment, a compilation of pictures showing the changes in the high street
 Now and Then. More Views of Sutton Old and New by Frank Burgess (1985)Another trawl through Sutton’s municipal archives to uncover old views of the town and area
 Oatlands Palace by JW Lindus Forge (1982)Published by the Walton and Weybridge Local History Society, the story of the former Tudor and Stuart royal palace which stood near Weybridge
 Offbeat in the City of London by Geoffrey Fletcher (1968)Published in the late 60s by the Daily Telegraph, a quirky guide to London illustrated with line drawings… sadly, many of buildings which were there half a century ago, but no longer are, but many of the pubs, churches and monuments still exist
 Old Hampton, Hampton Hill and Hampton Wick by Twickenham Local History Society (1982)Pictures of the Hampton area, including many streets scenes from Victorian times
 Old Kingston by George William Ayliffe (1914)Reprint of one of the primary sources for historians about life in Kingston in the 1800s. Includes some old pictures
 Old Kingston-on-Thames by Smithers & Sons (1912)Brief history, plus old photographs, of Kingston town centre pre-First World War as part of an advertising leaflet produced by Smithers & Sons, a removal and furniture-making firm, set up in the town in 1845
 Old Views of Epsom Town by George Cockman and John Marshall (1988)Old postcards, photos and aerial views of Epsom, interspersed with old adverts and captions
 Old Views of Surbiton by Colin Cornish (1980)Folder, plus bound guide and caption pack, filled with A4 size pictures of Surbiton in the past, plus maps. Pics include Langley Avenue in 1910, Ewell Road, Tolworth Fountain, the tram terminus by the Red Lion, Tolworth
 Old Views of Surbiton by Colin Cornish (1980)Second copy of the folder, plus bound guide and caption pack, with A4 size pictures of Surbiton in the past, plus maps. Also includes an extra envelope of postcards, photos and views
 Origins and Tales of London Town by Jean Harrowven (2000)Detailed research, including sketches, of how London began and how it evolved as a city
 On Strike. A Dramatic Account of the Kingston, Surbiton and Norbiton Washerwomen’s Strike of 1872 by John Pink (1996)Condensed from contemporary accounts in the Surrey Comet newspaper, the story of a local strike
 Out and About in South-West London by University of the Third Age (2014)Written as a shared learning project, a book focusing on the boroughs of Richmond, Wandsworth, Merton and Kingston, including walks and cycle rides
 Paintings of a Changing Kingston by June Sampson (2004)A catalogue, by the Surrey Comet’s former features editor, of the local paintings and views in the Brill Collection held by Kingston Museum
 Pastors, Parishes and People in Surrey by David Robinson (1989)With a helpful index at the back, an account of Surrey churches and parishes which came about after the author gave a talk on the subject in 1984, and was urged to collect his researches together in book form. It includes Kingston and Surbiton. Some very interesting pictures as well
 Personal Recollections of Surbiton by Greeta Fisk (2001) 
 Privately printed reminiscences of a Surbiton & District Historical Society member, about her childhood in Surbiton. Includes the Fountain in Ewell Road, Hollyfield Road and the King Charles Centre 
 Pocket Book of Walks through Britain’s History by Various Contributors (2001)More than 100 walks detailed, exploring the heritage of Britain from prehistoric times to present day; organised chronologically into a dozen historic periods
 Poetry Cheese by Tim Harrison (2018)A compilation of poems by Surbiton residents who gather regularly at The cornerHOUSE, Douglas Road, for poetry readings and workshops. Foreword by Roger McGough
 Public Art in a Market Town by Michael Davison (2000)Entertaining booklet written by a leading light in the Kingston Society about notable artistic installations dotted around the borough, including the statue of Queen Anne and the Shrubsole memorial in the Market Place
 Pubs, Inns and Taverns of Kingston by Richard F Holmes (2008)A guide to all the pubs in Kingston – those still in existence and those long gone – with descriptions, pictures and lists of landlords down the years
 Pubs, Inns and Taverns of Surbiton and Malden by Richard F Holmes (2008)Illustrated history of pubs in Surbiton and Malden, plus Tolworth, Hook and Chessington, including lists of past landlords and landladies
 Quarterly Notes of Surbiton Historical Society (1957-1962)Remarkably, the Surbiton & District Historical Society produced its own rudimentary magazine from 1957 to 1962. All the copies are available in a folder
 Recollections of Policing in Kingston upon Thames 1958-1968 by John Pink (1998)Local historian John Pink explores the history of the old Kingston Police Station in London Road – for 104 years one of the livelier parts of the town
 Research Volume of the Surrey Archaeological Society No 1 by Peter Drewett (1974)Details of excavations in old Croydon, and other papers about excavations and archaeological digs
 Richard Jefferies at Tolworth by Peter Robins (1997)Reprinted from the Richard Jefferies Society’s journal of 1997, this is an account of the Ewell Road resident’s nature notes and explorations in Surbiton
 Richmond, Surrey, As It Was by John Cloake, John Wright and Sally Albrecht (1976)Using photos from Richmond’s archives, the story of the development of Richmond as a town
 Richmond and Kew by Richard Essen (1995)Photo-driven history of the area, with liberal use of sepia images and old postcard
 Richmond-upon-Thames Then & Now In Colour by Paul Howard Lang (2013)A magnificent volume (We have to say that – it’s written by the society’s chairman) contrasting old photographs of Richmond with modern views
 Royal Borough of Kingston Upon thames Road, Rail and River by Anne Daly (1974)A collection of document photocopies, conceived as a teaching aid by the assistant borough archivist, with notes
 Royal Jubilees by Judith Millidge (2012)How past jubilees have been celebrated, with photos of parties and commemorative mugs etc
 Royal Kingston by Anne McCormack and Marion Shipley (1988)Well-illustrated book about Kingston, especially its links – as a Royal borough – with successive monarchs, and the documents and artefacts in the local museum and local history collections
 St Bride’s Church, Fleet Street, by Canon David Meara (2004)The story of the journalists’ church in Fleet Street, with colour illustrations, from Roman times
 St George’s Church, Tolworth, by Betty Owen (1984)Book celebrating the first 50 years of St George’s church in Tolworth, and the growth of Tolworth itself
 Scandal on the Corporation, Royalists and Puritans in mid-17th century Kingston, by Margaret Vaughan-Lewis (1982)A trawl through local archives to tell the story of how Oliver Cromwell’s supporters in Kingston tried to exclude Royalists from the town. In all, 59 documents are published and transcribed
 Scenic Beauties of Surrey and Sussex by Payne Jennings (1911)Some wonderful old pictures of Surrey and Sussex landscapes and people
 Secret Kingston upon Thames by Julian McCarthy (2014)Glimpses and images of Kingston that you may have missed, even if you’ve lived in the town all your life
 Semi-Detached London by Alan A Jackson (1991)The story of suburbia; how the capital’s outward growth happened in the first 40 years of the 20th century
 Sopwith and Hawker at Kingston upon Thames, 1912-1977 by the Hawker Siddeley group (1977)Potted history, with illustrations of aircraft, of aircraft manufacture in Kingston from the Sopwith Wright Tractor and Sopwith Tabloid up to the Hawk and Harrier
 Stories of the Surrey Hills by Hope Jones (1977)Series of vignettes about Merrow Downs, Holmbury Hill, Silent Pool, Leith Hill etc, illustrated, compiled by members of the Shere & District Rural Preservation Society
 Street Scenes of Old Kingston by Marion Smith (1976)A folder of assorted loose-leaf A4-size photographs from different eras (mainly Victorian and Edwardian), and old documents with translations, plus a short bibliography and introduction
 Suburban Electric. 75 Years of LSWR Electrics in the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames by Neil White (1991)A bound guide to an exhibition in Kingston Museum, which ran from October 1991 to February 1992, charting the history of electric train in Kingston from 1915 to 1991, including the history of all the borough’s railways
 Surbiton Bombed by Mark Davison and Paul Adams (2002)A collection of photographs and stories about the bomb damage to Surbiton and the surrounding areas in the Second World War
 Surbiton Memories & More Tales of old Tolworth and Berrylands by Mark Davison (2004)Mark Davison’s picture-driven history of the area, told through residents’ memories and personal photo albums
 Surbiton Parish Church, Beauty for Ashes, by H Wood Jarvis (1960)The story of St Mark’s church, published at the time of its reopening following near-total destruction by Second World War bombing. Also includes a copy of the Spire and Tower parish mag from Nov 2007, with Remembrance Day notes
 Surbiton Past by Richard Statham (1996)As good a history as you’ll find about Surbiton’s past, richly illustrated with photos from Kingston’s heritage archives
 Surbiton, The Queen of the Suburbs, by Philip Grevatt (1974)Published in the Surrey History magazine of October 1974, and issued by the Surrey Local History Council, this is Surbiton historian and former Surbiton & District Historical Society leading light’s account of Surbiton’s development
 Surbiton Through Time by Tim Everson (2017)Picture-driven history of Surbiton told through before and after photographs of the town, its landmarks and shops
 Surrey by Ian Nairn and Nikolaus Pevsner (1962)An impressive volume in the Buildings of England series, published by Penguin, with detailed, scholarly descriptions and some pictures
 Surrey by John Drewett (1985)Illustrated guide to the towns in the county. Part of the Shire County Guide series
 Surrey by Maxwell Fraser (1975)A history of the county, including its boundaries with Greater London
 Surrey, A County of Contrasts by Surrey County Council (1990)Fold-out guide, produced from the press office in County Hall, Kingston, to Surrey’s sports centres, restaurants, shopping, museums etc, arranged round a map
 Surrey & Sussex Occupations by Stuart Raymond (2001)A genealogist guide, giving details of publications to research for information on jobs of yesteryear
 Surrey & Sussex Lists of Names by Stuart Raymond (2002)An aid to ancestor research in Surrey and Sussex
 Surrey & Sussex Family Histories and Pedigrees by Stuart Raymond (2001)A family researcher’s guide to local surnames and old families in the two counties
 Surrey Archaeological Collections by SS Frere (1962)The antiquities and history of the county, assembled for the Surrey Archaeological Society
 Surrey Archaeological Collections general index by EE Harrison (1972)Detailed index of many of the volumes of historical writing about the county by members of Surrey Archaeological Society
 Surrey at Work In Old Photographs by Chris Shepheard (1992)Illustrated by dozens of old black and white photographs, many from late Victorian and early Edwardian times
 Surrey in the Sixties by Mark Davison and Ian Currie (1994)How Surrey went through the Swinging Sixties, told in photographs, newspaper cuttings and accounts from those who were there
 Surrey. London’s Southern Neighbour by Arthur Mee (1938)Covering 165 places in the county and illustrates with 181 pictures – all now historic in their own right
 Surrey Past and Present by FE Manning (1971)A compilation of research by teachers and history buffs, packed with stories, photos and maps
 Surrey Place-names by Gavin Smith (2005)The story behind many of the town and village names in the county
 Surrey Waterways by PAL Vine (1987)The story, mainly told through old photos and maps, of the Basingstoke Canal, Grand Surrey Canal, Wey Navigation, Wandsworth Canal and others
 Surrey Within Living Memory by Muriel Gibson (1992)A compilation of memories by members of the Surrey Federation of Women’s Institutes
 Tales and Scandals of Old Thames Ditton by TS Mercer (1965)The original volume about the odd goings-on and characters down the years in Thames Ditton
 Tales and Scandals of Old Thames Ditton by TS Mercer (1968)Enlarged edition about the strange goings-on in leafy Thames Ditton, largely compiled from old newspaper accounts
 Tales of Old Surrey by Matthew Alexander (1985)A selection of stories about Surrey told through some of the characters and places by a former curator of Guildford Museum
 Teddington Lock by Gwen Tough (1985)A collection of old postcards featuring Teddington Lock, assembled by a member of the Tough boating family
 That Famous Place by Shaan Butters (2013)The history of Kingston upon Thames – the definitive reference book about the town and borough
 The Age of Athelstan, Britain’s Forgotten History, by Paul Hill (2004)The story of Athelstan, ruler of all Britain, written by the former curator of Kingston Museum. Athelstan was crowned at Kingston
 The Archaeology of Kingston upon Thames by Bryan Woodriff (1981)A collection of papers presented, down the years, to members of Kingston upon Thames Archaeological Society
 The Barge People of the River Thames by Eileen Bartlett and Angela Hillier (2007)All boats, barges and other vessels had to be registered. Here is a list of those registrations
 The Book of Kingston by Shaan Butters (1995)The definitive book about the origins and history of Kingston town and borough
 The Book of Kingston by Shaan Butters (1995)Second copy of the definitive book about the origins and history of Kingston town and borough
 The Chapel on the Hill by Pendry Morris (1981)The history of Surbiton Hill Methodist Church in Ewell Road, from 1882 to 1982
 The Charm of Old Surrey by HM Alderman (1935)Illustrated by the author, an exploration of quirky places and points of interest, including Kingston, Thames Ditton and Chessington
 The Church in the Market Place. The Story of Kingston Baptist Church, Union Street, Kingston by Harry Young (1990)Written to mark the bicentenary of the church, an illustrated history compiled by the Rev Harry Young, who was minister of the church from 1970 to 1987
 The Clock of St George’s Church, Esher, by EJ Tyler (1966)Detailed pamphlet about the St George’s church clock. The church itself dates to 1540, but the clock’s earliest reference is 1682
 The Clock of St George’s Church, Esher, by EJ Tyler (1966)Second copy pamphlet about the St George’s church clock. The church itself dates to 1540, but the clock’s earliest reference is 1682
 The Excise Officers and their Duties in an English Market Town, Kingston upon Thames 1643-1973 by John Pink (1995)A new perspective on life in bygone Kingston, told through the records of excise officers and illustrated with photos and sketches
 The Frederick Paine Story by Brian Parsons (2001)Short history of local funeral director Frederick Paine and the business he established in the 1880s, plus illustrations
 The Highest Pinnacle by June Sampson (1979)A history of St Luke’s church, Kingston, by historian June Sampson, including a detailed section about the church’s organ
 The History of the Negro in the United States by Alan Conway (1968)Study undertaken by a New Zealand professor for the Historical Association, starting from 1619 when a Dutch ship left 20 slaves at a dock in Virginia
 The Kingston Book by June Sampson (2006)Another guide to Kingston by the former Surrey Comet features writer, this time alphabetically going through the people and places in the town
 The Kingston Royal Walkabout by the Friends of Kingston Museum (2002)A fold-out guide to a trail around Kingston, focusing on the town’s Royal heritage. It is estimated to take one and a half hours, with an optional half-hour extension for fit folk
 The Life and Works of Alfred Bestall by Caroline G Bott (2003)The story of a notable Surbitonian (he lived near the boundary with Kingston, and attended Surbiton Hill Methodist Church) who illustrated the Rupert Bear cartoon strips
 The London Blue Plaque Guide by Nick Rennison (2003)Descriptions of 800 people commemorated with blue plaques dotted around the capital, from Dickens to Hendrix, Marx to Nightingale. In alphabetical order
 The Londoner’s Almanac by Russell Ash (1985)Lists of the capital’s best and worst, compiled in a lively way. Includes museums, disasters, ghosts, palaces, cemeteries, fires, tunnels, bridges, statues, curiosities etc
 The Manor of Coombe or Coombe Nevill by LE Gent (1979)Published by the Kingston Archaeological Society, and written by one of the society’s founder members, the history of the Coombe area
 The New Imperialism by ME Chamberlain (1970)A history professor delves into imperialism – the rule of one state over similar groups, especially European nations gaining control over most of Africa and parts of Asia in the 19th century
 The Origins of Parliament by Edward Miller (1960)Self-explanatory pamphlet produced by the Historical Association looking at parliament and its relationship with monarchy
 The Past in Pictures by June Broughton (1981)A follow-up collection of more photographs of the London Borough of Sutton over the previous century, plus captions
 The Poems of Mary, Queen of Scots by Caroline Bingham (1976)Part of the Royal Stuart Papers series, assembled by the Royal Stuart Society
 The Polish Question by RF Leslie (1964)An exploration of Poland’s place in history, from the 10th Century to the 1960s
 The Pre-Raphaelites in Ewell, and a Missing Masterpiece, by Charles Abdy and George Alexander (1994)A booklet celebrating the local links of Millais, Hunt, Rossetti and Hughes
 The Prittlewell Prince by The Museum of London Archaeology Service (2004)The illustrated story of the discovery of a rich Anglo-Saxon burial in Essex
 The Queen came to Kingston by The Surrey Comet (1961)Fascinating and richly illustrated 20-page commemorative booklet produced by the Surrey Comet to mark the March 1961 visit of Queen Elizabeth ll to Kingston Grammar School, Kingston Guildhall and County Hall
 The Queen in Kingston by Anne McCormack (1992)Colour commemorative booklet produced to mark Queen Elizabeth ll’s 1992 visit to Kingston, while celebrating past visits to the town by King George Vl in 1948 and Queen Elizabeth ll in 1961
 The Royal Borough of Kingston-upon-Thames by A George Knowlden (1938)Illustrated guide to Kingston, including a survey of the borough and its amenities, published with the help of Bentalls
 The Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames Visitor Guide by Kingston Council (2002)Visitor Guide, produced by Kingston Council and aimed at tourists and outsiders
 The Royal Visit to Kingston-on-Thames, October 27 1948 by the Surrey Comet (1948)Distilled from Surrey Comet newspaper reports, a booklet marking the King and Queen’s visit to Kingston to open the power station
 The Seasons in Thames Ditton and Weston Green by Philip J Burchett (1987)Cute little booklet with poems inspired by Thames Ditton, plus some pencil drawings
 The Spelthorne Book by Barry Dix and Jim Nunn (1987)Written and compiled by the Spelthorne Local History Group, this is an alphabetical history of the borough of Spelthorne
 The Spirit of Brooklands by John Pulford (1996)The story of the famous racetrack at Weybridge, with black and white photos and illustrations of the races and the old buildings, and the history of the Brooklands Museum
 The Story of Chatley Heath Tower by John & Beryl Skelly (1989)Publication that followed the restoration of Chatley Heath Tower near Wisley, and marked the centenary of Surrey County Council. Well-illustrated
 The Story of Farnham by WE Newnam (1982)The history of Farnham and its people, from prehistoric times to the 20th century
 The Story of Hook in Kingston by Marion C Bone (1989)Detailed and well-researched history of Hook by a writer born and bred in the town… four doors from St Paul’s church
 The Story of Kingston by June Sampson (1972)One of the earlier histories of the town by the prolific writer and journalist June Sampson. More formal than some of her later books
 The Story of Tolworth by Patricia Ward and Bob Phillips (2015)A book dedicated to the Surbiton & District Historical Society by the authors. Full of illustrations, it tells the history of Tolworth from ancient to modern times
 The Surbiton Hill Windmill 1807-1850 by Ken Knight (c2000)Original and unpublished research by a late stalwart of Surbiton & District Historical Society, collected in a folder and assembling all the known evidence and information about the windmill which once stood just off Ewell Road
 The Surrey Weather Book by Mark Davison and Ian Currie (1993)Terrific illustrations of floods, storms, freezes and other severe weather events in Surrey over more than a century
 The Thames Walk by David Sharp (1985)Published by the Ramblers’ Association, a detailed guide to the 156-mile walking route from Putney to the source of the Thames
 The Triumph of Time: Greene and Shakespeare on Mary Queen of Scots by Margaret Hotine (1977)Published by the Royal Stuart Society, an examination of references to Mary Queen of Scots by the writers Robert Greene and William Shakespeare
 The Undergrowth of History by Robert Birley (1955)The head of Eton College wrote a pamphlet in 1955 for The Historical Association, reconsidering some traditional stories of English history, from Alfred burning the cakes to King Canute and the waves
 Theatres and Cinemas in Kingston by Barry Eddison (1983)Folder of photographs and illustrations charting Kingston’s cinematic and theatrical history, plus documents and programmes
 Tolworth Court Farm by Julie Wileman (2000)History of the site and excavations from ancient times to 2000, plus a photocopied map
 Tolworth Remembered by Mark Davison and Paul Adams (2003)Large format compilation of pictures of old Tolworth and memories from residents
 The Tramways of Surrey by Bryan Woodriff (1982)How the network of trams spread out from London into Surrey
 Treasurer’s House, York, by The National Trust (1967)Story of the Treasurer’s House in the Minster Yard of York
 Twickenham, Teddington & Hampton by Mike Cherry, Ken Howe and John Sheaf (1996)Detailed photographic record of the Twickenham area in olden days
 Twickenham, Teddington & Hampton, A Second Selection, by Mike Cherry, Ken Howe and John Sheaf (1998)A further trawl through the photographic archives held in Richmond’s local history room
 Twickenham, Whitton, Teddington & The Hamptons Through Time by Mike Cherry, John Sheaf, Ken Howe and Ed Harris (2009)Old faded photographs and their modern-day equivalents, showing the area’s growth and change
 Waterloo to Woking by Vic Mitchell and Keith Smith (1986)The story of the southern main lines over 150 years, with loads of photos of old steam trains, station platforms etc
 We Knew You Were Coming! The Story of the Three VCs of Maldens and Coombe by Julian McCarthy (2015)The story of three Victoria Cross recipients who came from the New Malden area – Humphrey Firman, Cyril Barton and Ian Bazalgette – and how they earned Britain’s highest honour
 Where to Watch Birds in Kent, Surrey & Sussex by Don Taylor, Jeffery Wheatley and David Burges (1997)A detailed guide to good bird-watching locations in the area, with illustrations and maps
 Who Do You Think They Were? By University of the Third Age (2014)A miscellany of lives of people who lived in south-west London in the boroughs of Kingston, Richmond, Wandsworth and Merton, including Margaret Lockwood and Alan Turing
 Worcester Park & Cuddington: A Walk Through the Centuries by David Rymill (2000)Also includes Stoneleigh and Nonsuch. A book arranged as a walk which can be done as a whole, or in parts… or imagined from your armchair
 Yesterday’s Britain. The illustrated story of how we lived, worked and played by The Reader’s Digest (1998)Richly illustrated history of Britain, decade by decade, describing how people lived, loved, danced and got around. Packed with pictures – a hefty volume