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Our Silver Jubilee 1996 - 2021

Our Next Meeting is on:
Thursday 21st December.
Our next Drop in is on:
Saturday 2nd December.
Our new 2024 calendar is now available
See below.

"We regret to announce the passing of two of our long-standing members.
Mary McIntyre (nee Derisley) passed away on 17th April. She joined the Society at its outset in 1996, and served on the committee for many years. She organised the Society's coach trips, and was often to be seen at meetings dispensing teas and coffees. Her knowledge of the village and its inhabitants spanned many decades, and she contributed many useful ideas at our committee meetings.
Mike Webber passed away suddenly on 27th April. Mike took charge of the setting up of the visual aid equipment at our monthly meetings, a role he had fulfilled for many years. He also diligently updated our laptop computer at regular intervals. Although he did not serve on the committee, he was a vital member of our support team.
We will be ever grateful to both Mary and Mike for their dedicated service to our Society.
They will truly be sadly missed".

See below for details of our NEW BOOK
The Newsletter Archive has been greatly expanded - see the Newsletter menu below, and more Byfleet Calendars have been added.

See our diary dates below for details of forthcoming meetings.

Our monthly 'drop-in' mornings take place in our Heritage Room at Byfleet Community Library on the first Saturday of each month (except January) between 10.30am and 12.30pm. No pre-booking is required.

We are pleased to advise you that our Chairman, Jim Allen, has been awarded the British Empire Medal (B.E.M.) for Services to the Community in Byfleet.
Tessa Westlake, Secretary
Congratulations Jim from us all, richly deserved. Thank you for a lifetime of service to Byfleet.

Our Next Meeting is on:

Thursday 21st December.
A look at items obtained/donated during the year.

Our next Saturday Morning Drop In at the Heritage Room to view artefacts, documents and photographs that are not normally on display
will be on Saturday 2nd December and there will be an opportunity to see Bill Squirrel's model of our fire station, with thanks to his family for donating it to us.


Our 2024 calendar featuring paintings of local scenes by members of the Byfleet Art Group will be on sale at our Monthly meetings and Saturday morning drop in sessions, and is also available in the library, at St Mary's Centre for the Community and at the Queens Head.

... Byfleet Community Library, High Road – during its normal opening hours from Tuesday to Sunday.

... St Mary's Centre for the Community (and its Arts Cafe), Stream Close.

... The Queen's Head public house, Parvis Road – during normal opening hours.

... Copies will also be available on 2nd December at the Christmas Market in Byfleet Village Hall.

Alternatively you may email , stating how many copies you would like to order at £5.00 each, and we will arrange delivery to your home address or to a mutually-convenient point. Please state whether you require a free envelope for each calendar.
Copies can also be posted – please add £2.50 for (UK) postage and packing.

Payment can be left at 8 Brewery Lane, Byfleet, KT14 7PQ.

New Books

Byfleet - A Village of England
We are pleased to announce that, after a long period out of print, we have republished
L R Stevens's book, 'Byfleet - A Village of England'.
The revised second edition of this standard reference work on Byfleet's history follows a review of the contents, correction of some errors, and a complete reworking of the index.
Copies are £7 each, available from Byfleet Community Library, High Road, Byfleet, KT14 7QN. Copies can be posted within the UK for an additional £4 postage and packing. Posting to other countries may be possible - please send enquiries to info@ByfleetHeritage.org.uk

Byfleet and the Great War
See below for full details of the greatly enlarged second edition.

The Byfleet Heritage Society St. Mary's Churchyard project.

Click on the Church map, left, to search the Churchyard database for a burial location.

The Byfleet Heritage Society has been working on a project to identify, collate and record all of the known records of burials in St. Mary's Churchyard.

The Society was delighted to receive a grant from Surrey County Council to commission the development of an intereactive map and underlying database so that anyone interested may find the location of an individual's grave.

There have been around 3,000 burials in the churchyard, of which we have identified some 2,500 so far, the earliest of which dates to 1702.

If you cannot find what you are searching for please contact the Society at

Work will continue on this project and we would always be delighted to receive information to add to what is known.

Click HERE to see some photographs from the launch.

St. Mary's Church from the air.
With the Rector's permission Andy Lambert has made a high quality drone video camera survey of the church and churchyard. This was done shortly before the leaves came out on the trees and also features a re-creation of the 1932 aerial photo from the BHS archives and the only known photo of the Vickers Warwick which forced-landed in the adjacent Three Acre Field in 1945.
Click here to see the video.

The new book, Byfleet and The Great War (Second Edition), by Jim Allen, is now on sale.
This is a fully revised edition to mark the Armistice. It is about 200 pages in length with photographs and packed full of information.

Costing £7.00, copies are available in the Library and at Heritage Society meetings and drop-ins until they run out,
or by post (UK P&P £4.60 1st class, £4.10 2nd class)- email .

We are trying to put together a list of all known paintings by renowned local artist, John BRANGWYN.
Please email if you know of any.

The Society is interested in researching, recording and disseminating the history of Byfleet.

We have a Heritage Room within Byfleet Community Library. Subject to occasional meetings, this is open at the same time as the Library, i.e.-
Monday - Closed; Tuesday 10am-4pm; Wednesday 6pm - 8pm; Thursday 3pm - 5pm; Friday 10am - 4pm; Saturday 10.00am - 4pm; Sunday 2pm - 4pm.

We have included a number of links to some related sites here, and will gradually add more - suggestions very welcome.

Society Diary
How to Join the Society
Society Photographic Competition, 2020/21
The Heritage Room
A brief history of Byfleet
A brief history of Byfleet Fire Station
War Memorials
Byfleet's first blue plaque - to the STOOP family.
Some Byfleet people
Some Byfleet places
Pre 1858 PCC Byfleet wills
BHS Newsletter Archive
St Mary's School 1951 Mr Ely's class photo
St Mary's Church Choir photos
Some links to other sites of interest
Some Byfleet Heritage Society Projects
Byfleet in books
Society Photographic Competition, 2011

Please contact us at if you would like further information.

©2001, 2015 Jeff Sechiari