Surrey Record Society

The mission of Surrey Record Society is to publish records relating to the historic county of Surrey, which includes the parishes of South London as far east as Rotherhithe. Since its foundation in 1913 the Society has published transcripts, translations and abstracts of texts ranging in date from the twelfth to the twentieth century.

The subject matter is extraordinarily varied, including records of central and local government, documents illuminating the ecclesiastical, manorial, industrial and military history of Surrey and private diaries and correspondence. Each text is provided with a full general introduction by expert scholars, to explain, interpret and set the text in context.

Through its publications many important documents (often in Latin and difficult to decipher) held in repositories in and outside the county have been made accessible and comprehensible to those interested in exploring Surrey's rich history and the story of the people who lived in the county. If the Society's work is to continue, it needs the support of all those individuals, local societies and institutions who benefit from its publications.


Individuals and institutions alike are eligible for membership at an annual subscription of £5. Members receive a copy of any volume published in a year for which they have paid a subscription and can buy back numbers of other volumes at greatly reduced prices. Some older volumes are now available free of charge apart from the cost of postage and packing. There may be years in which no volume is produced.

To join the Society, complete the application form below and return it to the Hon Secretary SRS, c/o Surrey History Centre, 130 Goldsworth Road, Woking GU21 6ND. Tel: 01483 518737. Email:

It saves on the Society's administrative overheads, if members pay by standing order. If you would like to do this please complete and return the form below.

What's new from Surrey Record Society

The latest volume to be published by the Society is:

Cover of SRS publication Loving and ObedientVolume XLVIII Loving and Obedient? Family Correspondence of the Mores of Loseley Park, 1537 to 1686, edited by Eliza Wheaton, 2023

Free to members. Price to non-members £25. Postage and packing £3.50 (UK). Available to purchase on the Surrey Heritage online shop.

The archive of the More-Molyneux family of Loseley Park is rich in correspondence of the members of the More family in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. This volume presents the lives and preoccupations of the women of the family through their letters and related documents. They needed to perform the vital role of running their own households and also to hold together and protect the family network and they possessed their own channels of political news and influence.

There was thus an inherent contradiction at the heart of the image of the perfect gentlewoman. She should be submissive and modest, but also educated, competent, and capable of wielding authority. Above all this correspondence throws light on many subjects which loom large in personal life in all ages but are not well documented in the surviving records of past centuries.

Forthcoming volumes

Volumes in preparation include:

  • Surrey-related extracts from the world's first periodical, The Gentleman's Magazine, 1731 to 1754, edited by Julian Pooley
  • The register of Thomas Langton, Bishop of Winchester, 1493 to1501, edited by Dr David Wright

See our list of Surrey Record Society publications many of which can be purchased on the Surrey Heritage online shop.

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