(Featuring the Articles and Archive of Iain Wakeford)




This site contains articles on Woking’s History and Heritage by Iain Wakeford and the archive of historic documents that were originally featured on the website www.heritagewalks.org.


A copy of the current year's Heritage Walks Programme can be seen here.

In addition to the walks, I am also mounting displays at the Open Day on the 15th and 16th July at Woking Palace; at the West Byfleet Live event on the 29th July; and at the West Surrey Family History Society Fair at Woking Leisure Centre on the 4th November. I am also giving a talk on the History of West Byfleet to the Byfleet Heritage Society on July 20th at the St Mary's Day Centre.


This site now 'houses' my archive of local history material and memorabilia, copies of some of my books and booklets that I have written and published in the past, and the notes and illustrations that have been submitted for publication over the years to various newspapers, notably the Woking Informer (from June 2010 to December 2012) and the Woking Advertiser (from January 2013 onwards) – including the ongoing series on Woking’s Chronological History started in January 2014.

This week's article can be found by clicking on the 'Articles' section on the left and then selecting the 'Advertiser' and then 'Early Post-War Woking' section and scrolling to the bottom of the list.

Also under the 'Articles' section you will find a series looking at 'Woking's War of the Worlds'. Based on my research for my guided heritage walks and illustrated talks on 'Wells, Woking and the REAL War of the Worlds'. Each article looks at a different chapter of the story with contemporary illustrations and notes on the history behind places featured in the original story.

There is also a section on 'Woking on Film' with links to the BFI and Britsih Pathe (and other websites) that have free access to historic films featuring this area.


This site now has over 600 different pdf files to download, and links to at least 70 other pages, making it probably the largest independent site dedicated to Woking's History and Heritage.


If you find this website of interest please feel free to tell anyone its address. If you wish to place a 'link' to it please let me know as this site is free and independent of any organisation or authority and I want it to remain (and be seen to remain) that way. Any comments or views expressed on this site should not be taken to be the views of any company or organisation that I may be associated with.

If you have any constructive comments to make about the site, please email me at info@heritagewalks.org although I cannot guarantee that I will make any alterations or even be able to reply straight away.


All the contents of this website are copyrighted and should not be reproduced in any form for commercial purposes without prior agreement. Anybody wishing to copy material for private and research study purposes may do so. © Iain Wakeford, 2017.