Village Archive

This Village Archive is a wonderful insight into Chipstead past and present.  It is a record of village life spanning many years of history, and covering a remarkable variety of subjects. The articles describe the multitude of events that have taken place in Chipstead over the years, mainly told by people who have spent at least part of their lives in the village. Many of the articles are biographies of Chipstead residents, past and present, who have enjoyed interesting lives. To bring the subject matter alive, each article is profusely illustrated with historic photographs, paintings and sketches.

The Village Archive is the brainchild of our village archivist, Rupert Courtenay-Evans, who has committed himself to a great deal of painstaking work in compiling articles from the wealth of printed material in the Chipstead archive. This work has brought the history of Chipstead to a much wider readership and in a much more accessible form.

The website committee would like to thank all the individual Chipstead residents who have contributed articles, and especially St. Margaret's Church, who have kindly allowed access to the Parish Magazine archives, which provide such a rich source of information dating back to 1922.  We would also like to thank the Bourne Society, who have allowed access to their many publications, a magnificent source of history and images.  We are also indebted to Charles Pringle and Frances O'Donnell, authors of "A History of Chipstead/Memories of the 20th Century", published by the CVPS, which has become essential reading for all who are interested in Chipstead's history.

If you would like to contribute an article (with supporting photographs if you have them) describing aspects of village life that you would like to share with others, or you would like to comment on the existing material, please send an email to:

[email protected]

Editors comments to the articles are shown in italics.


The Jackson’s Time in Chipstead and St Margaret’s 26th Jul 2017

The Revd. Phil Jackson conducted his final service at St. Margaret’s Church, Chipstead on 23rd July 2017, after 3 years and nine ...

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Mrs Angela Fraser DL - Half a Lifetime of Community Service 24th Apr 2017

Angela Fraser came to Chipstead with her parents as a young lady of 21 years.  She was to go on to live in Chipstead for over 60 y...

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Brian and Sheila Eades - A Chipstead Epic 7th Nov 2016

Many of us will know Brian and Sheila Eades. Sheila worked for many years “behind the counter” mainly for newsagents/post o...

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Reg Emmett and the Somme 19th Aug 2016

As we entered the month of July 2016, our memories went back to the Battle of the Somme which began 100 years earlier on the 1st July 1...

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247 Years of Education in Chipstead Part 2 14th Jun 2016

The Mary Stephens Foundation 1980- 2015  Based upon an interview with Simon Kolesar, the chairman in 2015.  In 1993, the sc...

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247 Years of Education in Chipstead - Part 1 14th Jun 2016

Introduction  In July 1993 Surrey County Council closed Chipstead First School and brought to an end 247 years of formal schoolin...

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A Short History of Chipstead Golf Club 2nd Mar 2015

  "Like chasing a quinine pill round a pasture" - Winston Churchill on golf In 2010 Chipstead Golf Club "volunteered" one of...

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Memories of Chipstead 1901 - 1920 - Part 2 13th Dec 2014

Continued from Part 1 A few years before the First World War, the village Post Office was switched to No. 1 Shabden Cottage.  The...

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The Pilgrimage 9th Dec 2014

By Walter Frederick Little An account of the pilgrimage to the battle fields of France on September 1st 1961, of an old soldier. It w...

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Memories of Chipstead 1901-1920 - Part 1 8th Dec 2014

By Walter Frederick Little  “Memories of Chipstead” is a wonderful account of rural life in Chipstead between 1901 an...

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