Khwaja Kamal-ud-Din (d. 1932) was the first Imam of the Shah Jahan Mosque, Woking, Surrey, who had this Mosque opened as a permanent place of worship for Muslims, under Muslim management, in August 1913. Khwaja Kamal-ud-Din was born in 1870 in…

The journalist and novelist H.G. Wells (1866-1946) is best known for his science fiction novels featuring angels, Martians, time-travellers, animal hybrids and revolutionaries. Wells’s imagination was fantastical but always rooted in some form of…

The poet and novelist Charlotte Smith (1749-1806) is most associated with the counties of Hampshire and Sussex: in her poetry especially, she offers loving descriptions of the South Downs and of Beachy Head, based on her own extensive walking in…

'The Battle of Dorking' (1871) was the first work of fiction by George Tomkyns Chesney (1830-1895), a ground-breaking text that inaugurated the popular genre of invasion-scare literature. Chesney had worked in the British Army from 1848 and spent…

Imagine that it’s a perfect Saturday afternoon in the summer of 1934 and you’ve decided to leave Guildford’s busy streets and stroll north towards the peaceful village of Shalford. You’ve just reached the first small houses when suddenly the…