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.


Hooley of Yesteryear 24th Jun 2012

Charlie Gasson – a Hooley Legend Charles Albert Gasson was a true man of Hooley and a true countryman. He was born in 1906 at No...

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Canon Christopher Blair-Fish 1920 – 2010 4th May 2012

Rector of St. Margaret`s 1973-1989 November 2010 The facts of Christopher's life can be related quite briefly. He was born in Bi...

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Education and the Formation of Character 29th Apr 2012

By Angela Wright April 2012  Angela Wright has lived in Chipstead for 35 years.  She is probably best known for her wonderf...

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James Frederick Bradshaw 1916-2012 (Greengrocer 1952-1983) 29th Apr 2012

April 2012 Many of us living in Chipstead, will remember Mr and Mrs Bradshaw and their shop on High Road, with great affection. Then o...

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Mrs. Nichols - Memories of Coulsdon and Chipstead 29th Apr 2012

1962 Mrs. Nichols was born in 1872 and was interviewed by W.G.Tharby in1962.  This article was adapted from the Bourne Society`s ...

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A Glance at Chipstead`s Past 20th Nov 2011

A Glance at Chipstead`s Past by Rupert Courtenay-Evans May 2009 Chipstead has been inhabited for certain since the early centuries A...

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