Egham Surrey
Manning & Bray
Oliver Collection
Vict Count. Hist

The standard historical sources have, of course, been used in the development of this web site.  I am trying to build up an electronic full-text collection of these (see the hyperlinks in the left hand margin).  For the first time this should allow these sources be electronically searched (use the 'search' page available on the 'home' page of this web site if you want to search the entire site or use 'edit/find' on the toolbar of your browser to search through the text on just one page).  The standard historical sources which are available on this web site are:

  • 1811 Manning and Bray's The History and Antiquities of Surrey
  • 1902-12 The Victoria County History of Surrey

The excellent Surrey History Centre in Woking is a good source of material - for Chobham contents you can search their Archives Index Database online.   Go to

In addition, much of the material in the sources listed below has been invaluable.

Cover small.JPG (11516 bytes) Joy Mason permitted me to include extensive extracts from her book 'Cebba's Ham; The Story of Chobham'.

Unfortunately this book is now out of print, but if you would like a copy of Joy's other book, 'The History of Chobham Common',  then please send a cheque for £2.50 and a SSAE to the Chobham Museum, Benhams Corner, Bagshot Rd, Chobham, Surrey.

Rember Chobham Book cover.tif (37750 bytes) The booklet "I Remember Chobham ....." , by Gill Willis is dedicated to Chobhammers both past and present who have watched our village change from a rural gem until the end of the 20th Century. It contains some excellent photographs and wonderful first hand memories of life in Chobham.

Price £2.50; available from Chobham Museum, Benhams Corner, Bagshot Rd, Chobham, Surrey.

Chobham MM Cover.JPG (16799 bytes) This souvenir issue of the Parish Magazine was delivered to every home in Chobham.  It gives a brief history of Chobham and contains some wonderful reminiscences and photographs.
Hist of Chobham Cover small.JPG (22245 bytes) Published in 1989, this is probably the most carefully researched and extensive history of Chobham so far produced.  During his retirement, Robbie devoted 12 years to studying every ancient document relevant to Chobham.  What is really useful is that Robbie reproduces each document reference in full.  It is particularly strong on Chobham family trees.  
A paperback reprint is available price £14.99 plus £3 postage to the UK.

Please send a cheque made payable to The Chobham Museum to:

G. F. Mann,
Shrubbs Hill,
GU24 8ST
The following books are published by the Surrey Archaeological Society.  Please make cheques payable to ‘Surrey Archaeological Society’ and return with the completed order form to the Society at Castle Arch, Guildford, GU1 3SX
Hidden Depths cover

Hidden Depths: An Archaeological Exploration of Surrey’s Past

This book, lavishly illustrated in colour, presents an absorbing account of the story of Surrey from the formation of its landscape and the first human footsteps on its soil to the defences built during the Second World War and the coming of the motorways.

The book also includes a guide to Surrey’s museums and a selection of sites of interest in the county.

Price (inc p&p): members £11.50; non members £12.95

Early Medieval Surrey: Landholding, Church and Settlement before 1300

by John Blair

A study of institutions and the economy in Surrey during the early and central Middle Ages. The themes discussed include the manorial structure, agrarian growth, field systems, parish churches and the parochial system.

Price £8 to members; £10 to non-members (+£2 p&p)


Also of interest:

  • "Bisley People in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries.  R.J. Palmer 1978.  Well researched volume but apparently out of print.  R.J. Palmer seems to be uncontactable.  Surrey Archaeological Society  and Surrey Heath Museum have a copy each.