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New Local History Book: Ewhurst 1910 – 1960

Ewhurst 1910 – 1960 covers a period of just fifty years, a period when Ewhurst, like the rest of the country, underwent enormous upheaval and change.

Local historian Janet Balchin has been researching the history of Ewhurst and its environs for over 30 years and has written several books on the subject. To commemorate the centenary of the First World War from 2014 – 2018 Janet created a month-by-month ‘War Diary’ following ‘Ewhurst in the Great War’ on the Ewhurst History Society web site. Following on from there, Janet says that “like many projects, this one took on a life of its own, and I found myself extending my research to include the Second World War.

She explains that it was never her intention to just concentrate on war memorial research, but to look at the contribution made by a wide range of people to the war effort at home as well as abroad. To set the war years in context the period 1910 – 1960 was chosen and the book is also a celebration of everyday village life – the churches, schools, farms, shops, and sports and social clubs.

Published in the same format as Ewhurst History Society’s previous publications the beautifully presented book has 144 pages and over 200 illustrations (including some in full colour) and costs £10.

The book can be purchased direct from Ewhurst History Society c/o Hullbrook Cottage, Cranleigh Road Ewhurst GU6 7RN. Please email: in advance to pick up a copy, or if you are unable to collect your copy, we can deliver free to addresses in Ewhurst parish. Please pay in cash, or cheque made payable to ‘Ewhurst History Society’.

It can also be ordered from the Ewhurst History Society web site – www.ewhursthistory.com using PayPal (but please be aware this will involve a delivery / postage charge) From November it will also be available from Hazelbank Stores Ewhurst Arts & Culture.

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