WINTER TALK: Saturday 11 March 2017

2.00pm for prompt 2.30pm start.

Venue: Lovelace Room, EAST Horsley Village Hall, Kingston Avenue, EAST Horsley KT24 6QT.

Non-members welcome. No need to book.

Cost: £2 for members, £3 for non-members which includes tea/coffee and cake served after the talk.

The Speaker: Brigid Fice, DBRG Recording Secretary

The Subject: Buildings in their Landscape

Why was a building built where it was?
Modern infilling makes it difficult for us to imagine an old building in its original landscape. Not only should we try to understand the original construction of a house but also its site, original purpose and surroundings. This talk explores the building's location, land, orientation, amenities and the owner's priorities when building it.


The AGM will be held in West Horsley Village Hall. The village is an old favourite of DBRG's, with at least 80 old buildings, mostly timber framed. Even Pevsner declares it, "an acceptable leafy blend of old and new".

Strictly members only. No need to book. Cost £2 which covers tea/coffee/cake or biscuits at registration and following the afternoon's AGM.

10.30 - 11.00 Registration

11.00 - 12.15 Village Walk
Following a short talk by Rod Wild, and the provision of an information sheet, you can guide yourselves up and down The Street, where most of the houses are. Alternatively, there will be guided groups for those who prefer it. Thanks to the work of pioneers such as Anne Grace and Pam Bowley, most of the houses have been recorded and several dendro-dated. Together they offer something of a master class in our vernacular architecture. There is a walk north, about 3/4 mile return, and a similar length walk south.

12.15 - 12.30 Review
Reconvene in the village hall to review and compare notes.

From 12.30 Lunch
There are two pubs close by, The King William IV and the Barley Mow. But a picnic lunch can be eaten in the hall (which will be open all day). This can be a good choice as it helps to meet other members and avoids queues and delays in pubs. Tea and coffee will be available in the hall.

Promptly at 2.00 Annual General Meeting
Agenda and papers will be sent out nearer the time.

Directions: The village hall lies on the Street about half-a-mile north of the Bell and Colville Garage on the A246 Guildford - Leatherhead Road. The hall's postcode for Satnav is KT24 6DD.

Any queries to Rod Wild on 01483-232767 or Carol Coyne on 01932-226374.

©DBRG March 2017