Goldsworth Timeline : 1877-1913 Slococks Nursery to the Great War (WW1)
Partnership sells Goldsworth Nursery to Walter Charles Slocock who, in time, expands the nursery by buying land to the north.
William Farmer is Sheriff of Surrey (1877-1878).
Royal Dramatic College closes.
Surrey County Football Association is formed.
William More-Molyneux extends the south side of Loseley House with a Nursery wing.
Robert Barclay is Sheriff of Surrey (1878-1879).
Woking Crematorium built.
John Hankey is Sheriff of Surrey (1879-1880).
Colonel Sir Francis Burdett is Sheriff of Surrey (1880-1881).
Farebrother, Lye and Palmer of London tried to sell the College property by auction, but the reserve price of 5000 pounds was not reached so it was sold by private contract to speculator Alfred Chabot.
Peter Atkinson is Anglican Archdeacon of Surrey (1880-1888).
Surrey team 'Clapham Rovers' wins FA Cup.
William Ewart Gladstone (Liberal) is again Prime Minister of the UK from 1880-1885.
Richard Combe is Sheriff of Surrey (1881-1882).
Herbert Acworth is the Anglican Vicar of Chobham (1881-1911)
Surrey team 'Old Carthusians Football Club' wins FA Cup.
The Queens (Royal West Surrey Regiment) formed.
It was The Queens (Second) Royal Regiment of Foot before this and originally had been set up in 1661 as The Tangier Regiment of Foot.
The 70th (Surrey) Regiment merges with the 31st Huntingdonshire Regiment (originally set up in 1702 as a Marines Regiment) to become the The East Surrey Regiment (1st and 2nd Battalions).
Godalming was the first town in the world to have a public electricity supply.
Henrt Tritton is Sheriff of Surrey (1882-1883).
Robert Coffin is the Roman Catholic Bishop of Southwark (1882-1885).
James Hodgson is Sheriff of Surrey (1883-1884).
John Henderson is Sheriff of Surrey (1884-1885).
First cremation in the UK is performed at St. Johns, Woking Crematorium.
College land was bought by Dr Leitner for his proposed Oriental Institute.
The Oriental Institute opens on the site of the Royal Dramatic College.
Built by Doctor Gottlieb Leitner, the costs were largely met by financial help received from Muslims in India such as the female Ruler of Bhopal and the Leaders of Hyderabad Deccan.
He had been Registrar at the University of Punjab in Lahore and intended to establish an Institute in Woking to be a centre in Europe for the study of Oriental languages, culture and history.
Charles Combe is Sheriff of Surrey (1885-1886).
John Butt is the Roman Catholic Bishop of Southwark (1885-1897).
Robert Arthur Talbot Gascoyne-Cecil (Marquess of Salisbury) (Conservative) is Prime Minister of the UK from 1885-1886.
Frederick North is the 8th Earl of Guildford (1885-1949)
George Murray is Sheriff of Surrey (1886-1887).
1886 Surrey Parliamentary Divisions Map.
William Ewart Gladstone (Liberal) is again Prime Minister of the UK for 1886.
Robert Arthur Talbot Gascoyne-Cecil (Marquess of Salisbury) (Conservative) is again Prime Minister of the UK from 1886-1892.
Walter Waterlow is Sheriff of Surrey (1887-1888).
Woking Police Station opens.
Francis Baring is Sheriff of Surrey (1888-1889).
John Sapte is Anglican Archdeacon of Surrey (1888-1906).
The National Rifle Association buys common land at Bisley to enable a future move from Wimbledon Common.
Chobham 1888 Village Hall was built
Augustus Gadesden is Sheriff of Surrey (1889-1890).
Woking Football Club is formed.
Local Goverment reorganised.
County Council's and County Boroughs formed. Counties Map 1889-1974.
Surrey County Council formed and is under Conservative Control.
Other areas of historical Surrey pass to the new London County Council and also Croydon County Borough. Map of Surrey Boundary Change.
Surrey County Council First Chairman is E.H. Leycester-Penrhyn 1889-1893.
Woking Shah Jehan Mosque (alleged to be the first purpose built in the UK) opens.
Built by Doctor Gottlieb Leitner and architect W. I. Chambers, the costs were largely met by financial help received from Muslims in India such as the Her Highness, the Begum Shah Jehan, Ruler of Bhopal and His Highness, the Nizam of Hyderabad Deccan.
It was built with Bath and Bargate stone, the parapets of the walls are relieved by minarets and the onion dome (which before was blue and gold) is surmounted by a gilt crescent.
He built the mosque for the benefit of Muslim students and planned to build places of worship for other religions.
He also intended to later build a church, Hindu temple and Jewish Synagogue.
A spacious residential house adjacent to the mosque was also built with the donation made by Sir Salar Jang, then Prime Minister of Hyderabad State.
This house was later called Sir Salar Jang House.
Goldalming Borough Constabulary merges again with the Surrey Constabulary.
Surrey Author - Gerard Hopkins (1844-1889) dies.
James Hudson is Sheriff of Surrey (1890-1891).
Goldsworth Road Map from the 1890's.
Woking gets Electricity.
UK returns Heligoland to Germany.
The National(now Small-bore) Rifle Association moves to Bisley from Wimbledon Common. Since then both Olympic and Commonwealth shooting events have been held there.
John Eastwood is Sheriff of Surrey (1891-1892).
James Brand is Sheriff of Surrey (1892-1893).
Woking gets Gas.
William Ewart Gladstone (Liberal) is again Prime Minister of the UK from 1892-1894.
Jeremiah Colman is Sheriff of Surrey (1893-1894).
County Hall at Kingston opened.
Surrey County Council Second Chairman is E. Halsey JP 1893-1905.
Admiral, The Hon. Francis Egerton is Lord Lieutenant of Surrey (1893-1895).
Frederick Wigan is Sheriff of Surrey (1894-1895).
Woking Local Board formed, first met in Goldsworth Hall with 18 councillors representing these wards, Knaphill, St Johns, Mayford, Sutton, Brookwood, Old Woking, Maybury and Central.
Robert Mossop a Solicitor of Goldsworth Road is the 1st and only Clerk to the Woking Local Board (1893-1895).
'Woking News' newspaper first published from offices in Chertsey Road, each copy cost 1 penny.
Archibald Primrose (Earl of Rosebery) (Liberal) is Prime Minister of the UK for 1894-1895.
Horley had grown since the London to Brighton Railway had been built in the 1840's, was now big enough to become a Parish.
This article was found on the web and we are not sure if it is fiction or non-fiction.
It seems to say that there was an Earl of Woking and his son Ralph (Lord Bythesea, later the Earl of Woking).
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Edward Rowcliffe is Sheriff of Surrey (1895-1896).
Woking Urban District Council, replacing the Local Board (affecting Woking parish) and Chertsey Rural District Council (affecting Horsell parish) formed.
Gustav Wermig is the 1st Woking Urban District Council Chairman for 1895-8.
Robert Mossop a Solicitor of Goldsworth Road is the 1st Clerk to the Woking Urban District Council (1895-1928). He fought for Woking's status as an Urban District and could almost be considered as Woking's Modern Founder.
Horsell Parish Council is formed.
Woking Fire Brigade is formed.
Electric Street lighting in Woking.
'Woking Mail' newspaper first published from offices in Goldsworth Road, each copy cost 1/2 penny.
It later merges with 'Woking News' to become the 'Woking News and Mail'.
Dr. Leitner's church (St. Paul´s) was built through donations collected by Mr. William Hamilton.
William, 8th Viscount Midleton is Lord Lieutenant of Surrey (1895-1905).
Robert Gascoyne-Cecil (Marquess of Salisbury) (Conservative) is again Prime Minister of the UK from 1895-1902.
Sir Edward Carbutt is Sheriff of Surrey (1896-1897).
William Keswick is Sheriff of Surrey (1897-1898).
Francis Bourne is the Roman Catholic Bishop of Southwark (1897-1903).
William Brett is the 1st Viscount Esher of Surrey (1897-1899)
Lawrence Baker is Sheriff of Surrey (1898-1899).
George Harris is the 2nd Woking Urban District Council Chairman for 1898-1903.
Photos of Woking from 1898.
Surrey Author - Lewis Carroll (1832-1898) dies. Chertsey Road and Chertsey Road and Old Woking Village and Old Woking Church and Old Woking Church and Old Bank and Broadway.
Hong Kong's New Territories and Weihaiwei are both leased from China by the UK for 99 years.
Sir John Ellis is Sheriff of Surrey (1899-1900).
Captain M.L. Sant becomes Chief Constable of the Surrey Constabulary (1899-1930).
Reginald Brett is the 2nd Viscount Esher (1899-1930)
Southwark is moved from the City of London, merging with Newington and Walworth, into the Metropolitan Borough of Southwark and therefore into the new London County Council area.
Penge U.D.C. is created and it moves from Surrey into Kent.
Woking gets sewerage system.
Victoria Hospital opens.
Doctor Gottlieb Leitner dies.
His funeral was held at Brookwood and had many mourners from Woking and around the world such as four knights (one Baron and three Sirs), two Colonel's, one Captain, and representatives of the Persian (Iran) Minister, British Museum, South Kensington Museum, East India Association, King´s College, London, Anthropological Institute and the German Athenaeum.
Also there were the Chairman of the Delhi and London Bank, the Secretary of the Society for the Encouragement of Fine Arts, the Director of the Necropolis Company and the staff of the Asiatic Quarterly Review and the Oriental Institute.
On his family tomb is written....
THE LEARNED ARE HONOURED IN THEIR WORK
GOTTLIEB WILLIAM LEITNER
ORIENTAL INSTITUTE WOKING
BORN 14TH OCTOBER 1840 AT BUDAPEST
DIED 22ND MARCH 1899 AT BONN
LINA OLYMPIA LEITNER
DIED 24TH MAY 1912 IN LONDON
AGED 64 BONN
The Lord is my shepherd therefore can I lack nothing.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil. (Pshalm XXIII)
Al-`ilmu khayrum min al-maali
Born Lahore 1869 - Died London 1945
The Oriental Institute then closes after the death of its Director and Founder.
Its treasures and library were sold and the buildings stood empty.
The foundations were also laid for a Hindu temple and the plots earmarked for the Hindu Temple and the Jewish Synagogue were sold by the Leitner heirs to James Walker & Co.
Who knows what the effect on Woking would have been if it had become a European centre for Eastern Culture.
Maybury Heath Lane was later renamed Oriental Road.
H. Marriott is the Anglican Curate of St. Paul´s Church Woking.
Charles Master is Sheriff of Surrey (1900-1901).
Map of Europe.
The original Woking Open Air Swimming Pool is opened around this time.
Herbert Gosling is Sheriff of Surrey (1901-1902).
Go back and visit the people that lived in Goldsworth Road in 1901.
Trams start in Croydon.
Thor's Stone, Thursley.
Beacon Hill, Hindhead.
Salfords Mill, Redhill.
Royal Huts Hotel, Redhill.
King Edward VII (7th) is Head of State of the United Kingdom (1901-1910).
Photos of Woking from 1901. View from Maybury Hill and Albion Hotel and Old Bank.
Max Waechter is Sheriff of Surrey (1902-1903).
Gas Street lighting replaces Electric in Woking.
Guildford and District Motor Services starts a bus service in the Guildford and Woking area.
Woking and Bagshot Light Railway proposed that would have run over what is now Goldsworth Park on the Woking side of the Woking/Horsell parish boundary.
By 1910 the project died out.
Surrey Author - Alfred Tennyson (1809-1902) dies.
Photos of Woking from 1902. Woking Public Hall and Albion Hotel and Chertsey Road and Chertsey Road and Chobham Road and Maybury Road.
Sir William Olpherts dies and is buried in Richmond, Surrey and is listed on this Database of Famous People buried in Surrey.
Arthur Balfour (Conservative) is Prime Minister of the UK from 1902-1905.
Walpole Greenwell is Sheriff of Surrey (1903-1904).
William Burne is the 3rd Woking Urban District Council Chairman for 1903/4.
1903-1910? Original Single Code Motor Vehicle Registrations. Surrey County (from Kingston) issues P. (P1-P9999 )....
Sir Edward Stern is Sheriff of Surrey (1904-1905).
Photograph of Horsell Windmill.
Henry Gloster is the 4th Woking Urban District Council Chairman for 1904/5.
Lord-Lieutenant was given precedence over the High-Sherrif.
Peter Amigo is the Roman Catholic Bishop and later Archbishop of Southwark (1904-1949).
Philip Waterlow is Sheriff of Surrey (1905-1906).
Patrick White is the 5th Woking Urban District Council Chairman for 1905-9.
Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman (Liberal) is Prime Minister of the UK for 1905-1908.
Hon. Henry Cubitt, MP Lord Ashcombe is Surrey's Lord-Lieutenant (1905-1939).
Surrey Author - George Macdonald (1824-1905) dies.
Ralph Forster is Sheriff of Surrey (1906-1907).
Frank Utterton is Anglican Archdeacon of Surrey (1906-1908).
George Bell's Knaphill time capsule.
Wickham Noakes is Sheriff of Surrey (1907-1908).
George Cave is Surrey's Vice Lord-Lieutenant (1907-1914).
Horsell merges into the Woking Urban District Council.
Map of Woking's new Boundary in 1907.
The old boundary is remembered in the name of Boundary Road, Woking.
East of the Peacocks centre it was roughly along the line of the Basingstoke Canal on the Woking side.
We hope to do a more detailed map for you eventually.
Basil Braithwaite is Sheriff of Surrey (1908-1909).
Albert Robinson is Anglican Archdeacon of Surrey (1908-1922).
H.H. Asquith (Liberal) is Prime Minister of the UK for 1908-1916.
Photos of Woking from 1908. Photo #1 and Photo #2.
Sir Frederick Edridge is Sheriff of Surrey (1909-1910).
Horsell gets sewerage system.
Sparkes Knight is the 6th Woking Urban District Council Chairman for 1909/10.
Photos of Woking from 1909. Photo #1 and Photo #2
Harry Waechter is Sheriff of Surrey (1910-1911).
King George V (5th) is Head of State of the United Kingdom (1910-1936).
William Aird is the 7th Woking Urban District Council Chairman for 1910/1.
1910?-1925? Double Code Motor Vehicle Registrations. Surrey County issues (from Kingston) PA-H/J-L (PA1-PL9999 )....
WEST BYFLEET CHURCH
(NOT EASY TO READ THE STYLE OF WRITING, MAY INCLUDE MISTAKES)
IN THE FAITH OF JESUS CHRIST
THIS FOUNDATION STONE
OF THE CHURCH OF
ST JOHN THE BAPTIST BYFLEET
WAS LAID BY
MRS. F. O. STOOP ON
JUNE 15 1910
REV. G. E. MONEY RECTOR
W. D. CHROE ARCHITECT
Sir William Chance is Sheriff of Surrey (1911-1912).
James Driver is the 8th Woking Urban District Council Chairman for 1911-3.
Sir Arthur Chapman is Surrey County Chairman for 1911-1917.
Earl William Onslow dies.
Richard Onslow (born 1876) becomes the 5th Earl of Onslow.
George Grundy is the Anglican Vicar of Chobham (1911-1929)
Photos of Woking from 1911. Photo #1 and Photo #2. and Photo #3. and Photo #4. and Photo #5.
Sir Benjamin Brodie is Sheriff of Surrey (1912-1913).
Khwaja Kamal-ud-Din of Lahore (now Pakistan), came to England for a court case before the Privy Council (then the Indian highest court of appeal).
After the case he stayed on to establish a Muslim mission in England.
He then learnt of the existence of the mosque which had only been used on a few occasions, was usually deserted and neglected with straw and rubbish on the floor.
Tom Richardson (Surrey Cricketer who was born in Byfleet) dies and is buried in Richmond, Surrey and is listed on this Database of Famous People buried in Surrey.
Sopwith Aircraft Production at Kingston starts.
Sir Richard Garton is Sheriff of Surrey (1913-1914).
Henry Whitburn is the 9th Woking Urban District Council Chairman for 1913/4.
Khwaja succeeded in getting it opened again after getting the ownership status established in court.
It set up a Trust of certain prominent Indian Muslims to manage it.
The rest of the property owned by the Leitner family was later sold for use as a factory.
He then established the Woking Muslim Mission and Literary Trust at the mosque and a monthly journal `The Islamic Review´ which was the main Islamic journal in the West..
The Woking mosque, mission and journal were the centre of Islam in England and became world-famous.
Muslim dignitaries visiting England often paid a call there until 1968.
Although by run by the Lahore Ahmadiyya Movement, it was supported by other sections.
Harry Prendergast dies and is buried in Richmond, Surrey and is listed on this Database of Famous People buried in Surrey.