Tandridge Past – Titsey's 1907 society wedding

Looking back through the museum’s extensive archives of the local area this month, I came across some photos of what had to be one of Surrey’s society weddings of the year. 115 years ago, on 6 February 1907, Miss Ethel Sophie Gresham Leveson Gower married Mr Edward Henry Liddell at the church in Titsey. Ethel was one of the very many children of Granville William Gresham Leveson-Gower, previously the MP for Reigate and the Deputy Lieutenant of Surrey, who lived at Titsey Place. Her husband was the son of the Very Rev. Henry George Liddell, chaplain to HRH Prince Albert. The bride arrived in a beautiful horse-drawn carriage, in which the happy couple departed after the ceremony. The picture shows the departing guests in their wedding finery, a couple of very fine motor cars, and a policeman (no doubt for crowd control!). Find out what's on at East Surrey Museum by visiting their website.
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Tandridge Past – the history of Christmas music

We are now in December, and East Surrey Museum is looking fabulous, adorned as it is with Christmas decorations! We have also installed a new display, which looks at the history of Christmas music – starting with the medieval music and singing traditions that evolved into some of the carols we still sing today. On show are the musical instruments and scores in our collection, some of which originate from the 18th century, and would have been used to celebrate Christmas in local churches, before organs became commonplace. And we have some examples of music in the home as well. From an early music box, to a phonograph, and on to more modern gramophones and record players, together with some of the Christmas records that have been popular over the years. And last but not least, our fantastic vintage musical Christmas tree is also on display, so do pop in and see us if you can. The vintage pic this month is a selection of Caterham views, sent as a Christmas card in the early 20th century. Christmas greetings to you all!! (Photo credit: East Surrey Museum) For more information about the museum, including opening times, visit www.eastsurreymuseum.org.uk.
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Letter from the Editor December 2021

Well, we have made it through another year! Are you finding it hard to believe that 2021 is almost over? It is even harder for me to believe that my team and I have just celebrated two years at the helm. I bought the paper, and took over as editor, in December 2019, knowing that the first 24 months of any new business can be really tricky, but without any idea of what 2020 was going to throw at us!
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Letter from the Editor November 2021

Welcome to the November edition of the Caterham Independent. Are you an early planner, or a leave-it-til-the-last-moment kind of Christmas shopper? After talking to lots of friends and colleagues, I think people are fairly evenly split between the two. I am sure that some of you have already got your gifts wrapped, and have ordered your turkey, while the rest of you are even refusing to think about all that until at least halfway through November.
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