Egham Hythe History Walk and Festival for all

Runnymede Borough Council

More than 10 bags of rubbish have been filled by members of the Egham Hythe History Group, who carried out a litter pick along Devils Lane and the track leading up to the Medieval Meadow before launching their History Walk. Some of the more unusual findings include a pink pig china cookie jar, pond liner, carpet and a fire extinguisher.

Residents in Egham Hythe have formed their own history group which has produced the 2019 calendar, history walk and festival 2019.

The calendar shows views of Egham Hythe from the 1920s, Hythe Community Primary School in 1927, groups and societies such as the Scouts, Teddy Boys, Darby and Joan Clubs from the 1950s, as well as Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's royal barge; The Gloriana on the River Thames.

The History Walk tells the story of Frogs Island the Victorian name for the area, the Roman Devil's Highway that ran through the ward from the River Thames, the Medieval Hythe Port and King Henry VIII's liaisons with Anne Boleyn. The walk finishes in the last remaining Thames Valley hay meadow in Surrey.

Leaflets about the History Walk can be found in the Hythe Centre, Thorpe Road, TW18 3HD, the Pop Inn Café, Pooley Green and Egham Museum.

Part of the Egham Hythe History Festival will be on show at the Frogs Island Fair opposite the Pooley Green shops from 11am to 5pm on Saturday 25 May 2019, and the full exhibition can be seen in the small hall at the Hythe Centre on the Monday 1 July 2019 from 10am to 4pm, where there will be refreshments. The exhibition covers the following themes:

  • Roman Road the Devil's Highway through Egham Hythe
  • Hythe Port
  • Victorian Community Primary School
  • Beer Houses - The Compasses, Robin Hood and the closed public house
  • St Paul's Church - wedding /baptism photos
  • Former Post Office
  • Magna Carta Secondary School
  • Growing Up in Egham Hythe
  • Frogs Island and the River Thames
  • The Second World War
  • Factories, (e.g. Petters/Lagonda) shops, and Heathrow

In addition, there will be a short film of interviews with residents sharing their memories of Egham Hythe. Egham Museum is still looking for residents willing to talk about their memories and appear on film. If you are interested in taking part in the film please telephone 01784 434483 or visit the Egham Hythe History Group's web page on the Egham Museum website.

For press information please contact Runnymede Borough Council's Communication Team on 01932 425504 or communications@runnymede.gov.uk. 

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