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In 1987 Normandy Parish Council expressed its concern that knowledge and memories of past village life would be irretrievably lost with the demise of elderly residents, known to have been born or to have lived most of their life in Normandy. The Council together with a small group of residents who were keen to form a Local History Group met to consider how to alleviate the Council’s concern. The group launched the project to form a Society with terms of reference ‘to record and publish the last 100 years history of Normandy in a form acceptable to the Parish Council and for the Council to assist financially in the project’. The inaugural meeting of the Society (known as Normandy Historians) was held in July 1987 when a management team was elected.

The logo of the Society, now affectionately known as 'Norman', was first used for the Wanborough Station centenary celebration held in September 1991. ‘Norman’ is a caricature of a warrior symbolic of all local study groups, in that he is the Defender of the past and Herald of the future.

The principal object of the Society, to compile the history of the village, was achieved in July 2000 when the book 'A Century of Normandy in Surrey' was published. Society members have since written and published books on the prominent local houses at Normandy Park, Westwood Manor and Henley Park.

Normandy Historians holds monthly meetings at Normandy Village Hall on the third Tuesday evening, except January and during the summer months. There is usually a speaker giving an illustrated talk on a historical topic. Guests are welcome to these meetings. Additionally there are visits arranged to local places of interest. Details of membership and the extensive information about the history of Normandy can be found elsewhere on this website.

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Meetings are held on the third Tuesday of the month in the small hall
of Normandy Village Hall
Manor Fruit Farm, Glaziers Lane, Normandy, Guildford GU3 2DD
and to start at 8pm       Map
Friday September 16th (7.30pm)
(Event Cancelled)
Exploring Our Local Railways
Alan Norris
Tuesday September 20th
Clandon Park - Fire and Restoration
Martin Ellis
Tuesday October 18th
World War II SOE Agents
Carol Browne
Tuesday November 15th
Tuesday December 20th
From Our Archives
Teas and coffees will not be served at the meeting, but those attending are welcome to bring their own refreshments.

"A Century of Normandy in Surrey"
A Century of Normandy in SurreyDigital Book
Out now the digital version of the Normandy book "A Century of Normandy in Surrey".
This is a CD-Rom in PDF format and updated to "errata 7" and is available from Normandy Historians at only £7.50 plus p&p (£1.50 UK) or at our meetings.
If you would prefer you can Buy it Now with "PayPal"

"A History of Normandy Park in Surrey"

A History of Normandy Park in SurreyA History of Normandy Park in Surrey is presented as an attractive, glossy soft-back book with cover photo, composed of 114 pages of text, 25 figures and 63 black & white photos featuring Normandy Park house, neighbouring houses and the people who helped to shape that area of Normandy including the author's family.

Jack Kinder, the author demonstrates a unique and succinct style of writing, which coupled with his skill as a draughtsman, so ably demonstrated in the copious figures in the book, will not disappoint the reader.

Notwithstanding the excellence of his work, A History of Normandy Park in Surrey is a veritable tome of reference for family history researchers and for those who have an interest in the transformation and development of a village as its large fruit farms and nurseries disappeared from the rural scene in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries.

Available from Normandy Historians at only £9.50 plus p&p (£3.50 UK) or at our meetings.

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Henley Park in Surrey"Henley Park in Surrey"
The History of a Royal Manor

Henley Park's long history spans over a thousand years from Saxon settlement through royal ownership and more than one stately mansion to a wartime factory and its last-minute rescue from ruin and collapse. New research has revealed the much-debated location of the medieval royal complex as well as a long-forgotten Jacobean-style mansion that predates the Georgian-style mansion that we know today. This history is described in a readable and informative style in our new publication: Henley Park in Surrey, the History of a Royal Manor, by John Squier.

John is an amateur historian who has lived in Normandy for 38 years and was a founder member of Normandy Historians. He has spent many years researching Henley Park since he discovered that his house was briefly part of its extensive estates.

An updated history of Henley Park has long been overdue and with nearly 200 pages of text and 123 illustrations, many in colour, we believe that this is a book worthy of the long and fascinating history of Normandy's most prestigious estate.

Available from Normandy Historians at only £10 plus p&p (£4.00 UK) or at our meetings.

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