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Spotlight on Surrey's Past
We are lucky to have a wealth of museums on our doorsteps in Surrey, showcasing a wonderful selection of artefacts and exhibits from days gone by. We’ve been out and about discovering some of the finest. Here’s a look at what we found… The Stratosphere Chamber - Brooklands Museum, WeybridgeAfter the Second World War, work began on researching and developing efficient long range air transport, capable of flying non-stop from the UK to Australia. To achieve this, it would be necessary to build a high altitude and climatic test chamber to simulate atmospheric conditions at 70,000 ft. 36 separate major components were made in Cumbria before being transported to Brooklands for assembly into what became known as the Stratosphere Chamber. Some surprising uses were made of the Chamber including the development of clothing for Antarctic exploration and testing buses for use at 15,000 feet in the Andes. Some explorers even tested themselves in the freezing and rarefied conditions they were likely to encounter. For more information visit...
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Will Knowlton returns with a hilarious and highly dubious sport of local history... What is History? Sometimes it’s fact, sometimes it’s fiction,...
Our History - Horses, Harlots and Emeralds
There can be no doubt that the Royal Military College Sandhurst is a local bastion to be proud of. Many officers have marched to and from its gates,...
History - The King and Nell
Ah yes: February. That most golden and romantic of months. But it’s not just nowadays that love blooms around this time. It appears there’s a...
History - The Roaring Girl
I’d imagine that some of you ventured out this New Year’s Eve and perhaps chanced upon what you would consider (in your entirely sober state, no...
History - Chiddingfold Bonfire Riots
“Our Sovereign Lord the King chargeth and commandeth that all persons being assembled immediately to disperse and peaceably depart to their habitations,...
Ghostly Guildford: The Angel and The Floating Nun
Guildford has seen some ghostly going-ons for some time now. So who you gonna call? Why, Will Knowlton of course...Let us away to The Angel Posting House where,...
A Potted History: The Unknown Sailor
Here we give you a (not-so) lovely, rather left-field little snippet of history from your local area... All and sundry whinge and moan (usually via The Daily...
A Potted Pint History of our Lovely Alehouses
They’re so essential, so fundamental to us that really - if we’re honest - they’re a basis for an entire culture. But where did “the...
Farnham residents will be well versed in the human history of their gorgeous town - so here's a few historical titbits for those of us not in the...
A Brief History of Woking...
Woking is often in the shadow of some other Surrey towns - but it is rich in history, and creating a legacy of its own...You know, when you’re a born and...
Haslemere and the 'New World'
Sitting in the idyllic heart of the Home Counties, the pretty yet unassuming town of Haslemere has a history richer than many people imagine. Here, Will...
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