WITH IAIN WAKEFORD
Welcome to the Heritage Walks Website.
This site is for information on Iain Wakeford’s Heritage Walks around Woking and North West Surrey – A Dairy of Walks, Talks & Displays; and copies of some of his most recent publications on the History and Heritage of Woking (and details of how to buy them).
For Iain’s archive of historic documents relating to the Woking area and articles on local history (such as those published in the Woking Informer and Woking Advertiser) please go to our new ‘sister website’ www.wokinghistory.org
(The Articles and Archive section of this site has been transferred to www.wokinghistory.org but will be retained here for a short period until you get used to its new location. Those sections will not be added to here, so for new content you must visit www.wokinghistory.org..
This site was set up several years ago, but is still very much a 'work in progress'.
The first priority was to provide an up to date list of my monthly Sunday afternoon ‘Heritage Walks around Woking & North West Surrey’ together with details of any public walks, talks or displays I am involved with. A pdf of my current programme is to the right. So long as that part of the site is maintained and kept up to date, I feel that I have at least achieved something!
My ‘Heritage Walks’ are free and open to all - there is no need to book, become a member or pay a fee - I just advertise where and when I am going to be and people turn up (or not) to join me on a ‘stroll’ around the area. On the walks I stop every so often and talk about the history of places on the route and if anybody else has some useful information on the history or heritage of the area, they are free to chip in as well. There is absolutely nothing ‘formal’ about the walks - everyone joins me at their own free will (and risk)
I will always be at the start of the walk (or will send someone in my place if there are unforeseen circumstances) come rain or shine. Each walk lasts about 1½ to 2 hours and most are circular so that you have no worries about how to get back. I try not to do the same walk or route too often, so if you have joined me on a walk in the past, please do not assume that the next walk advertised in that area will be the same - the chances are it will not.
I conducted my first Heritage Walk in the late 1980’s but to give you some idea of the area that I cover the following walks have taken place over the past few years. They are all places that historically would have been within the two Saxon ‘Hundreds’ of Surrey known as ‘Godley’ (based mainly on Chertsey Abbey lands) and ‘Woking’ – which even at the time of the Domesday Survey included a little town by the name of Guildford!
The walks include various routes in and around Addlestone; Anthonys (Horsell Common); Ash; Ash Green; Ash Vale; Bagshot; Bisley; Brooklands (Byfleet); Brookwood; Brookwood Hospital (Knaphill); Burpham; Burrow Hill (Chobham) Byfleet; Cartbridge (Send); Chertsey; Chobham; Donkey Town (West End); East Clandon; East Horsley; Egham; Englefield Green; Fox Corner (Pirbright); Frimley Green; Goldsworth; Goldsworth Park; Hamm Moor (Addlestone); Heathside (Woking); Hermitage (St Johns); Hook Heath; Horsell Birch; Horsell Common; Horsell Moor; Horsell Village; Jacobs Well; Kingfield; Knaphill; Lightwater; Lucas Green (West End); Maybury; Mayford; Mount Hermon (Woking); New Haw; Newark Priory; Normandy; Ockham; Old Woking; Ottershaw; Perry Hill (Worplesdon); Pirbright; Pitch Place (Worplesdon); Prey Heath (Mayford); Pyle Hill (Sutton Green); Pyrford Common; Pyrford Green; Pyrford Village; Ripley; Row Town; St Johns; Send; Send Grove; Send Marsh; Sheerwater; Sheets Heath (Brookwood); Smarts Heath (Mayford); Stoke-Next-Guildford; Stoughton; Sutton Green; Sutton Park; Thorpe; Thorpe Green; Valley End; Virginia Water; Walton Road Area (of Woking); Wanborough; West Byfleet; West Clandon; West End (Chobham); Westfield; West Horsley; Whitmoor; Windlesham; Wisley Common; Wisley Village; Woking Palace; Woking Town Centre; Woodham; Wood Street Village; Wych Hill (Hook Heath); and Wyke.
Unfortunately whilst most are suitable for people of all ages, only a few are accessible to people with wheelchairs (or pushchairs).
As well as walks I also give talks to private groups or societies (and occasionally to the general public). If you are the booking secretary for a local group, you may like to know some of the talks that I do (although to be honest just about any subject to do with local history on the area is possible, given enough notice). I should point out that unless asked not to, all talks will be illustrated and that I will bring along my own laptop and projector (and screen if required) for the presentation. The most popular talks include A Brief History of Woking; The Industrial History of Woking; and Woking in the 1950's, 60's and 70's; as well as talks based on the books contained on this website such as Wells, Woking & the Real War of the Worlds; An Illustrated History of Woking Town Centre and the various villages covered by the self-guided heritage walks. Please note that due to work commitments, I am only able to give talks/walks at the weekend or in the evenings and I do make a charge for the service. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Occasionally I will also be invited to put on a display of local history at a village fete or fair. The display will usually consist of a stall of at least some of the publications on this website, together with any maps, old photographs or other memorabilia I hold on the area. Please email email@example.com for more details.
The second aim for this website was to put on the internet all of my recent publications so that those not able to buy the books locally can have access to them (and hopefully be encouraged to purchase them). Added to this I intended to eventually add pages of new (‘web-based’) publications covering a much wider area than would be economically possible in print. Some progress was made in this direction, but I appreciate that there is much more that could be done.
Other aims were initially added such as the articles and archive sections, but these have now been transferred to the www.wokinghistory.org website.
Some people have asked if my walks, or indeed this site, are 'official' in any way - the answer is that almost everything I do is very much 'unofficial' and independent of any organisation, authority or public body.
In the past I have stated that “if you find this website of interest please feel free to tell anyone its address, but please do not place a ‘link’ to it from any other site”, but I now appreciate that this is an unreasonable request to make, so if you wish to add this site (and/or our sister site www.wokinghistory.org) to your site, please let me know. There are only a couple of sites that I would never want to be associated with, but then I expect the feelings will be mutual.
As I say, this site is free and independent of any organisation or authority and I want it to remain (and be seen to remain) that way. Any comments or views expressed on this site should not be taken to be the views of any company or organisation that I may be associated with.
If you have any constructive comments to make about the site, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org although I cannot guarantee that I will make any alterations or even be able to reply straight away.
Heritage Walk to the Ruins of Newark Priory, in the Wey Valley between Pyrford and Ripley, during the Woking History Festival in 1991.
All the contents of this website are copyrighted and should not be reproduced in any form for commercial purposes without prior agreement. Anybody wishing to copy material for private and research study purposes may do so. © Iain Wakeford, 2015.