Welcome to the BYFLEET HERITAGE SOCIETY

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A brief introduction to some of our activities


PLEASE NOTE
All meetings, 'drop-ins' and coach trips have been cancelled until further notice.
We are happy to continue to answer queries or receive comments via this website or on our Facebook page.

A message from Jim Allen BEM, Chairman of Byfleet Heritage Society
Having established an interesting programme for 2020, including 10 meetings, 11 'drop-in' mornings, three coach trips and one boat trip, our plans have been brought to a shuddering halt by the Coronavirus pandemic. Everything is on hold for the foreseeable future, and who knows when we'll be able to restart? Hopefully it won't be too long.
Another casualty is the photographic competition for our 2021 calendar. As the topic is 'The Seasons of Byfleet', it has obviously become difficult for photographers to get out during the spring and early summer. We have decided, therefore, to postpone the closing date of the competition until the end of May 2021, when we will judge the entries we have already received, plus those yet to come, in preparation for our 2022 calendar. Many thanks to those who have already entered.
We normally hold our Annual General Meeting in May each year, but again this is a casualty of the current lock-down. We will reset the AGM as soon as we are able; this will probably be our first meeting of the revised talks programme for this year, but it could yet be some time away.
On behalf of the committee, thank you for your continued support. We all look forward to meeting again. In the meantime - keep safe and well!
Jim

QUEEN'S BIRTHDAY HONOURS, 2018
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:
NOTE: Please check for announcements.

Our next Saturday Morning Drop In at the Heritage Room to view artefacts, documents and photographs that are not normally on display
will be announced when appropriate.

Coach Trips
Details of our 2021 coach trips will be announced once it is safe to do so. Watch this space for further information.
See the Diary Page for full details.

2021 CALENDARS

In view of the fact that we cannot physically hold a meeting in the foreseeable future, we can now take orders for our 25th anniversary 2021 calendar
('Byfleet Through the Ages'.)
Simply 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 2.00 for postage and packing.

Payment can be left at 8 Brewery Lane, Byfleet, KT14 7PQ.
If you prefer to collect a calendar, these are on sale at the following locations:

... The Queen's Head public house, Parvis Road during normal opening hours
... St Mary's Centre for the Community, Stream Close Refurbished cafe: normal opening hours Tuesdays to Fridays 8.45am to 4.15pm and Saturdays 10am to 3pm.


The Society has decided that in view of the current situation the photographic competition planned for the 2021 calendar will be postponed for a year to allow everyone to have the opportunity to get out and about. See the menu entry below for full details.



A New Book
Jim Allen produced a book - Byfleet and the Great War in 2014 to mark the centenary of the start of WWI. Now, to mark the Armistice, he has produced a second edition including the large amount of additional information that has come to light in the past four years. Essential reading, see below for full details.


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
Photo Gallery - A mixture of photographs from around the Village (with a slideshow and full screen options)
Some links to other sites of interest
Some Byfleet Heritage Society Projects
Byfleet in books
The 2018 BYFLEET CALENDAR
The 2017 BYFLEET CALENDAR
The 2016 BYFLEET CALENDAR
The 2015 BYFLEET CALENDAR
The 2014 BYFLEET CALENDAR
The 2013 BYFLEET CALENDAR
The 2012 BYFLEET CALENDAR
The 2011 BYFLEET CALENDAR
Society Photographic Competition, 2011

Reprinted by the Society after almost 30 years, this superbly researched history of Byfleet is now available for only 9.95.
(NB I'm afraid this has now sold out, but Byfleet library holds copies. We will consider a another reprint in the fullness of time.)

Read all about Byfleet's royal connections throughout the centuries, from The Black Prince through to James I and Anne of Denmark.

Click on the image to the left to see a larger version.

Click HERE to see some photographs from the launch.

Please email me at if you would like further details.



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©2001, 2015 Jeff Sechiari