The Leatherhead and District Local History Society Library is housed at the Letherhead Institute and comprises approximately 600 books and booklets. Apart from a few general works of reference, all of the books deal with Surrey and its history. They include an almost complete run of the Surrey Archaeological Society's Collections and all the publications of the Surrey Record Society.
Topics dealt with by the other books in the Library include archaeology, industrial archaeology, history, literary associations (i.e. books written by or about local authors such as Fanny Burney and Marie Stopes), social history, topographical descriptions, etc.
Nearly one third of the books are specifically about Leatherhead, Fetcham, Bookham or Ashtead - our own area. The Society owns copies of almost all books relating to this area which have been published, and many relating to adjoining areas such as Mickleham and Epsom. They include many parish magazines, directories, church and school histories, and all of the Society's publications. The subjects covered are wide ranging.
A few examples are:
- Court Roll abstracts of the Manor of Thorncroft, Leatherhead, 1586-1881 (Xeroxed)
- Etchings of views in the Vicarage of Leatherhead by H & Rev J Dallaway, 1821
- The scene of Wesley's last sermon [Kingston House, Leatherhead] by Rev. Arthur Ward, 1929
- Some records of the Ashtead Estate and of its Howard possessors by F. E. Paget, 1873
- Indications of memorials, monuments, paintings and engravings of the Howard family by Henry Howard, 1834
Access to the Library is restricted to Members of Leatherhead and District Local History Society. It is open on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. Exceptionally, arrangements may be made to use it at other times by applying to the the Museum.
page last updated 19 Mar 12