The people of Wonersh have been employed in a variety of trades and professions. There have been weavers, writers, printers, stonemasons, tanners, shoemakers, judges, politicians, shopkeepers, gamekeepers, brickmakers and farmers.The writer and traveller Claudia Parsons became the first person to circumnavigate the world by car in 1938. In 1739 Judge Sir William Chappel passed sentence on the highwayman Dick Turpin.In Victorian Britain, Caroline Norton, a passionate campaigner for women’s rights, was instrumental in the passing of the Custody of Infants Act and Matrimonial Causes Act.During WW2 Constance Babbington Smith was awarded an MBE and the US Legion of Merit for her work in air photo intelligence.It all beganwhenin1966,ayearbeforehemovedtoWonersh,the lateAnthonyFanshawestartedhisresearchintothe village.Heinterviewedresidentsandpeoplewhohad movedawayandhevisitedPublicRecordOffices.Inall hespenttwenty-fouryearscollectingavastamountof material.OnAnthony’sdeath,John-PaulMarix-EvansofGreat TangleyandFraserScottofWoodyers(respectivelyour firstChairmanandSecretary)clearedhisstudyandboth leftwiththeircarsloadedwithbooks,pictures,maps anddocuments.It’sthiscollectionthatformedthebasis oftheWonershHistorySocietywhichwasfoundedin 1992 and since then the archive has continued to grow.
What are the benefits?•A twice yearly copy of our Bulletin which has been producedsince March 1993.•A regular programme of meetings taking place in WonershMemorial Hall or by Zoom. Our last meeting was a trial hybridwith the live presentation being broadcast simultaneouslyby Zoom.•A Members’ Area of our website containing a searchablearchive of all our Bulletins, a Wonersh timeline, old videofootage of Wonersh and Zoom meeting recordings.•Access to the first three in a series of booklets we are producing -‘Women of Wonersh’, ‘Wonersh Park Mansion’ and ‘The Grantleysof Wonersh Park’. ‘Wonersh at War’ will be next in the series.Membership is just £10 a year, £15 for a family