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WONERSH
HISTORY SOCIETY
The people of Wonersh have been employed in a variety of trades and professions. There have been weavers, writers, printers, stonemasons, tanners, shoemakers, judges, politicians, shopkeepers, gamekeepers, brickmakers and farmers. The writer and traveller Claudia Parsons became the first person to circumnavigate the world by car in 1938. In 1739 Judge Sir William Chappel passed sentence on the highwayman Dick Turpin. In Victorian Britain, Caroline Norton, a passionate campaigner for women’s rights, was instrumental in the passing of the Custody of Infants Act and Matrimonial Causes Act. During WW2 Constance Babbington Smith was awarded an MBE and the US Legion of Merit for her work in air photo intelligence. It all began when in 1966, a year before he moved to Wonersh, the late Anthony Fanshawe started his research into the village. He interviewed residents and people who had moved away and he visited Public Record Offices. In all he spent twenty-four years collecting a vast amount of material. On Anthony’s death, John-Paul Marix-Evans of Great Tangley and Fraser Scott of Woodyers (respectively our first Chairman and Secretary) cleared his study and both left with their cars loaded with books, pictures, maps and documents. It’s this collection that formed the basis of the Wonersh History Society which was founded in 1992 and since then the archive has continued to grow.
Anthony Fanshawe at work on his Wonersh research
COMMITTEE MEMBERS: Dennis Cruickshank Chairman & Archivist Graham Healy Treasurer & Membership Douglas Sudbury Barry Clifford Archivist Richard Bawden Publicity Website & Bulletin Editor Jenny Fry
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What are the benefits? A twice yearly copy of our Bulletin which has been produced since March 1993. A regular programme of meetings taking place in Wonersh Memorial Hall or by Zoom. Our last meeting was a trial hybrid with the live presentation being broadcast simultaneously by Zoom. A Members’ Area of our website containing a searchable archive of all our Bulletins, a Wonersh timeline, old video footage of Wonersh and Zoom meeting recordings. Access to the first three in a series of booklets we are producing - ‘Women of Wonersh’, ‘Wonersh Park Mansion’ and ‘The Grantleys of Wonersh Park’. ‘Wonersh at War’ will be next in the series. Membership is just £10 a year, £15 for a family
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