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SRHS wins Prestigious Award !

SRHS has won the 2021 British Association for Local History (BALH) award for the best local history society journal or newsletter. This is a prestigious award, won against competition from societies throughout Britain.


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Who are we?

The society was originally formed in 1975 for the village of Send only and in 1982 Ripley was included in the name as it was originally part of the ancient parish of Send.

The Society is very active, run by a committee of volunteers, many of whom have been involved with the history of the villages for over 40 years. Its aim is to to educate the public in the history of the ancient parish of Send and Ripley and of any nearby parishes. Considerable research has been conducted over the years and is fully documented by way of the many articles, which have been written by members.

Our Events

Wednesday February 14th‘Valentine Surprise Evening’ with
light-hearted quiz. Come and learn more about the history of Valentine Cards and enjoy a glass of Prosecco

CONTENTS | No. 295

Woking Nurserymen David Rose ……………………………………………… 3

Attempted Murder at Grove Heath Alan Cooper …………………………. 8

The 49th Annual General Meeting Cameron Brown …………………… 12

The Retirement of Tony Shutt, Priest-in-Charge at St Mary’s, Send,

from 1995-2023,   Helen Sloan and Rachel Wilkinson………………….. 13

Obituary – Ralph William Cromwell, 1938-2023 Alan Nightingale   15 Frank Brown – Journeyman Painter – Part I     Clare McCann………. 16

104 Potters Lane, Send Clare McCann……………………………………….. 28


plus regular features including: Editorial, Museum News, New Publications,

40 Years Ago, Recent Additions to the Archives, Where Is It? / What Is It?

To search the journals using the Index first download the Word document. Then follow these instructions:

  1. open the WORD document
  2. at the top right hand corner of the document there is a box with a magnifying glass symbol and the words ‘Search in Document’. This is where you enter what you are searching for. 
  3. Let’s say you want to research the church in Ripley. You have a number of options and may want to try all of them: I’d start with ‘Mary’ as the search function will recognise part of a word – so you don’t need to write St Mary’s. It doesn’t care about capital letters either. But the index might just say ‘Church, Ripley’ so you may need to try that and ‘Ripley’ too – though ‘Ripley’ will give you far too many results. You could try ‘pews’ or ‘stained glass’ etc etc. You have to be imaginative.

Then return to the website to access the information in the journals:

The most recent article is in Journal 263, pp 12-14. We abbreviate that to 263/12-14. To find it:

  1. Go to our website https://sendandripleyhistorysociety.co.uk/
  2. click Journals at the top
  3. then within the drop-down box hover over Journal Archives – a further box appears to the right with a series of dates. you need to hover over these to see the number of the journals within each batch. If you hover over the last one you’ll find a final box offering several batches, with their numbers. You’ll see that J263 is within the last batch (258 – 263). Single click on that and the six journals in that batch will appear.
  4. You have to work out for yourself that 263 is the 6th of these.
  5. Double click on the image then use the arrows on the side to get to page 12, 13, 14
  6. Once you are finished single click the X at the top right to get back to your batch (258-263)
  7. To look for another batch go back to the home page and start the process again.

latest exhibition


From Ripley to Rothesay




EVERY SATURDAY 10-12 AND BY APPT with the CURATOR 01483 728546

Kindly sponsored by Ewbank’s Auctions

Send and Ripley History Society are proud to be mounting a special exhibition to showcase the work of locally born artist, Frank Brown who, from a modest background attended the Royal Grammar School and then the Slade School of Fine Art. He devoted much of his career teaching, both back at the Royal Grammar but also at Send Detention Centre and some local special schools.


Sir Anthony Browne: The Man Who Was Given SEND and RIPLEY as a Present!

A loyal friend of Henry VIII, Sir Anthony was the beneficiary of multiple local land grants by the King.



Gordon Stewart made a fortune in the early 20th century running what became the largest car dealership in the UK. Amongst many other pursuits, he used this wealth to set up – in Send – the UK’s largest kennel for Great Danes.

Ripley Museum has been given official ‘Ripley Museum is an Arts Council England accredited museum’ on 12 July 2018


The Accreditation Scheme sets nationally agreed standards for museums in the UK. It defines good practice and identifies agreed standards, thereby encouraging development. It is a baseline quality standard that helps guide museums to be the best they can be, for current and future users.

Ripley Museum has been officially Accredited.

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