Tour of Dorking URC and Talk on Surrey’s Suffragettes – Members Only

13th October 2018, 15:15 - 16:30


The Annual General Meeting this year will be held in the beautiful, Victorian United Reformed Church in Dorking. After the official part of the afternoon, we will get a guided tour of this delightful chapel. The current building was erected in 1834 superseding an earlier building erected on the site in West Street in 1719.

Since 1834, many alterations and additions have been made. In the early years, the church was known as the “Meeting House” and then as the “Independent Chapel”. In the early 1900’s the name “Congregational Chapel” came into use. This was gradually changed to the “Congregational Church”. In 1972 further history was made when the Congregational Church in England and Wales joined with the Presbyterian Church of England to form the United Reformed Church.

Also included in the afternoon’s activities will be a short talk on Surrey’s Suffragettes. Surrey was an important centre for the Suffragette Movement in the early part of the 19th century. Many of the leading lights resided in, or took refuge in this County, especially in the villages around Dorking. These included Frederick and Margaret Pennington, who lived at Broome Hall, Coldharbour, and Emmeline and Frederick Pethick-Lawrence of The Mascot, South Holmwood. Peaslake in particular became something of a hub. The village was described in 1912 as ‘rather a nest of suffragettes’ and that ‘there are fourteen ladies there of very advanced views’.

The cost of this event will be £5.00 including tour, talk and afternoon tea.  This is a members’ only event and is not suitable for children or dogs (except guide dogs).

Booking is essential. If you would like to join us, please book your space online at the bottom of the page or alternatively complete and return the downloadable slip here below in green letters before Wednesday 10th October 2018. Please include a stamped addressed envelope if you are not booking online, so you may be sent full details, directions and locations for the visit.


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