Welcome to the BYFLEET HERITAGE SOCIETY

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Silver Jubilee 1996 - 2021



Our Next Meeting is our AGM on:
Thursday 19th May, See below.

See below for details of our NEW BOOK

Our monthly meetings have resumed, but due to current Covid-29 restrictions at St Mary's Centre for the Community, pre-booking is required, by emailing

See our calendar dates below for details of forthcoming meetings.

Our monthly 'drop-in' mornings have also resumed, taking 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 hope to resume our coach trips in 2022. Further information will appear on this website and on our Facebook page.


A MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIRMAN

It's 25 years since Sir Cliff Richard, OBE, officially opened our Heritage Room in Byfleet (Community) Library, on 1st February 1996 - see below for a photograph from that day on the cover of our 2021 calendar. Since that date, the Society has gone from strength to strength. The main activities at the start were the collection of various documents, photographs and memorabilia, all of which were either kindly donated or acquired from various sources. Over time we have built up a magnificent archive, some items of which are on show in our Heritage Room within Byfleet Community Library. The Society also received Surrey County Council's 'Interpret Surrey' Award for its work.

Initially, our activities mainly consisted of a programme of monthly talks in that room. As time went on it was evident that the space was not large enough to accommodate all those who wanted to attend, so we subsequently transferred our meeting venue to St Mary's Centre for the Community (which many of us remember at the former St Mary's School building) in Stream Close.

In more recent years, we have expanded our activities to include monthly 'drop-in' mornings in the Heritage Room, regular coach trips to places of interest and south coastal resorts, an annual boat trip along the Wey Navigation canal, the production of annual calendars on a Byfleet theme, the publication of occasional journals containing articles of local interest, the attendance at the annual Parish Day in Byfleet Recreation Ground and, most recently, the establishment of our Facebook page. You can see some further details of what we do elsewhere on this website.

I must also record the work of the Oral History Group, on recording many of our inhabitants who remember bygone Byfleet. This group received Help the Aged’s ‘Not old, just older’ Award for its work.

Some of our members have been with us since the beginning, under the Chairmanship of Doug Bright, who was supported by Howard Cook and Joan Mackintosh in setting up the Society. We owe these founder members, a great deal of thanks for liaising with Surrey County Council on establishing our Heritage Room. Particular thanks are due to Tessa Westlake, our secretary since the inception, for putting together the various display boards and the timeline, and for cataloguing and maintaining our archives.

It has been my privilege to have been the Chairman for 20 years, during which I have been supported by a strong committee and a loyal membership, all of whom have contributed to the Society's success.

The history of our village can be traced back to the year 727, and there's still much to be discovered. Here's to the next 25 years!

Jim Allen BEM, Chairman of Byfleet Heritage Society


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:
Thursday 19th May.
NOTE: Please check for announcements in case this meeting has to be POSTPONED.
The BHS AGM, followed by Martin Sumpton: 'Lancelot 'Capability' Brown from Wimbledon Park to Blenheim'


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 4th June.

Coach Trips
Details of our 2022 coach trips will be announced once it is safe to do so. Watch this space for further information.

On the 26th May The BHS goes Boating
Our annual BOAT TRIP will take place along the Wey Navigation canal, meeting at Parvis Wharf at 2.30pm - NOTE This is an afternoon trip for a change. See the Diary Page for full details.



2022 CALENDARS

Unfortunately these have proved so popular they have now sold out.
















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
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
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


Please contact us at if you would like further information.

©2001, 2015 Jeff Sechiari