The Book of Molesey

Rowland G. M. Baker, 1986

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Anybody who ventures into the realm of local history must inevitably be beholden for the assistance provided by our public libraries and record offices. From famous national collections down to little local branches, librarians and archivists seem always helpful, always willing, always courteous. The author would like particularly to mention the following institutions: Molesey Library, Kingston Heritage Centre, Surrey Record Office, Surrey Local Studies Library, Guildhall Library, Minet Library, Greater London Record Office, Public Record Office, British Library, and Colindale Newspaper Library. Will the staff of each and all of them, and of many others whose aid I have solicited over the years, please accept my sincere thanks for their assistance and encouragement?

I would also express my obligation to our local ministers, Rev W. A. J. Yeend of West Molesey, and Rev E. C. Allen of East Molesey, and to the Clerk of the old Esher UDC, for allowing me access to the books and papers within their care.

Most of all, however, must I express my indebtedness to the various people of Molesey, who in the fifty or so years during which I have delved into the history of the two villages, have told me of their lives in the past, have shown me their cherished possessions, allowed me into and to photograph their homes, let me see their deeds, and to copy their old pictures. They are far too numerous for me to mention individually by name. Sadly, many are no longer with us. The rest will probably recognise themselves and their contributions to this work. I hope they will take this as my unfeigned gratitude for all their kind help and support.

Finally I would acknowledge my thanks to Mr Conway Walker (who was recently described as the doyen of local history) for writing the foreword to this book; and to Mr Clive Birch of Barracuda Books, who first suggested its production.


by T. E. C. Walker FSA

Every town and village should have its local history worthily recorded, by a qualified writer. Rowland Baker has now done this for Molesey. No single volume can thoroughly cover all aspects of the subject, and we look forward to another book from Mr Baker at some future time. The author has my congratulations for the work he has already done.


For Gwendoline Freda

ISBN 0 86023 251 4

The Book of Molesey was originally published by Barracuda Books, now part of Baron, publishers of heritage volumes - maritime, military, transport, sporting and local. It is made available here with the kind agreement of Radmore Birch Associates.

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  • Molesey Residents Association: Ernest Mallett, 20 Walton Road, East Molesey, Tel 020-8979-6446
  • Bookshop: 68, Walton Road, East Molesey 020-8224-3232
  • Molesey Library, The Forum, Walton Road, West Molesey 020-8979-6348
  • Houben's Bookshop: 2a Church Court, Richmond 020-8940-1055
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