Archives Visit: postponed: new date to be arranged

Our visit this spring to the London Metropolitan Archives (LMA) was planned for Wednesday 10th April but has been postponed. We are organising a new date and will give information on this as soon as possible. The visit will be for a group tour in the morning and to see selected maps and documents relating to Chaldon village and the church. There will then be the choice of staying on to undertake any personal research. The visit is suitable for both those familiar with Archives and those who have not visited one before.

The LMA is in Clerkenwell, half a mile from Farringdon Tube / British Rail. There are direct trains from Coulsdon South.

We will meet at the LMA at 10.45am in time for the guided tour starting at 11am. The short tour will include exclusive use of a meeting room with an opportunity to view original documents relating to Chaldon including a 1781 survey and map of the churchyard, some Church Faculty papers such as the levelling of the Tomlin family vault, the original Hassell painting of Chaldon Workhouse (Baker’s/Beggars’ Lodge) and the Burial Registers for the former Caterham Asylum. This formal element of the visit will finish about 12 noon.

The LMA has a vast library, original archive documents, computers to access digitised records including many wills of Chaldon people dating back to the 16th Century. Records include Chaldon Church records from the dioceses of Rochester, Winchester and Southwark and records from St Lawrence’s Hospital, whose lands and burial ground encroached on Chaldon.

The Archive is open until 7.30pm on a Wednesday so there will be plenty of time to order documents of personal interest or explore the huge library. To explore what is available go to

The cost per person is £5 (pay on the day) which will go to the Friends of Chaldon Church towards repair costs of the building.

Booking is needed in advance, and there are still places available. Email or phone Liz Bonsall to reserve your place. or 01883 340508.

Once your booking is confirmed, we will give further information about travel options, registration for your History Card, lockers, lunch etc.