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Great looking at the old photos of Dorking town . I remember many of the old shops and some pubs from when I was younger, think my favourite at that time was track and groove at the top end of west street and the chippy opposite. I remember the old Tesco and the market entrance ,there used to be a guy there preaching the bible (...Read full memory)

My father, Harry Day, was gardener at the house when the Case family lived there. As a small child I remember the huge Christmas Tree in the palatial hall. The beautiful cedar tree in the middle of the lawn and the old potting shed.

I was wondering if anyone out there remembers the bakery in capel Surrey ?Were the last owners called Christmas or was there another owner after them ? I've lived in capel all my life ,56 years. Steve redford

I run the Dorking Halls Antiques Fair which, this year, (2016), celebrates its '40th Anniversary'! As part of the celebrations I researched the fairs history, its relevance within the community, the venue it has inhabited over the last four decades; 'Dorking Halls', & collated stories of the fair from (...Read full memory)

I grew up in Dorking. I lived with my parents in Stane House right next to the St Martins Church. I married my first husband Michael Rowswell on the 30th March 1963. We had two boys Adrian and Julian. Unfortunately the marriage ended after 13 years together. During our married life we lived at Strood Green Betchworth. (...Read full memory)

I remember visiting Milton Court many times in the late 60`s and early 70`s as a young employee of National Employers Life, UNUMs predecessors. There were many mysterious stories about Milton Court, partly, I believe, as a result of it being owned at one time by the author Denis Wheatley. The names of many of my colleagues at (...Read full memory)

Hi my name is Avril nee Watts. I was born on Jan 4th 1957 to Jean Olive Watts. Fathers name John Bayliss. I was adopted and would love to know obout my biological family, siblings ect. If anyone can shine a light on this please send a message. Thankyou Avril Armstrong lives in Canada.

The first house on the left of this picture was my home from 1942, when I was born in the hospital across the road, until 1960. Next door was Miss Colvins Antiques Shop and on the other side was Barrington House that was on the corner of Barrington Road and the Horsham road.

I remember going from St Pauls school to this pool for swimming lessons. I would also swim there in the holidays. I was afraid of the slide but would jump from the high diving board. I never did learn to dive.

During the second war my father Ronald Micheal Newell was moved from W.T.Henleys London office to Milton Court, Dorking. He told me that as an Electrical Estimator he was involved in working out the costs etc. for RADAR and PLUTO the oil pipeline from England to the Normandy beaches, also the Mulberry Harbours that were sent from England to France.