The Dorking Society promotes public interest in and care for the beauty, history and character of Dorking and the surrounding district and works to preserve, develop and improve local features of general public amenity and historic interest.
The area covered by the Society falls within the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It includes such well known features as Box Hill and Leith Hill, Leith Hill Place (the childhood home of composer Ralph Vaughan Williams), Denbies vineyard, and the market town of Dorking, with its collection of early modern buildings, including the home of a Pilgrim Father and his family.
The Society operates within the historic manor of Dorking and its environs: north to Mickleham and Box Hill but excluding Leatherhead; south to Capel, Walliswood and Ockley; east to Betchworth and Brockham; west to Abinger but excluding Gomshall and Shere.
The Local History Group, Museum, and Community and Conservation teams are all run by enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers. The Society welcomes new volunteers in all areas of its operations. If you can spare some time and would like to get involved with the Society’s Community, Conservation and Planning team please get in touch via link the below.
For details of Volunteering Opportunities with Dorking Museum visit the Museum website by using the link below:View volunteering page on museum website
To get in touch with the Society please click a link below:
“I'm famous because I come from Dorking... well, not exactly, not from the start, because the experts say we came from Italy with those heavy-footed Romans. No-one seems to know how we ended up just here except that over the centuries most chickens were reared this sort of distance from London, and the breeds in Surrey and Sussex became renowned for their good size and taste. And of all of them, we, the 5-toed Dorkings were the most prized. In the 17th century, John Aubrey described our market here as 'the greatest for poultry in England' – and the famous Daniel Defoe wrote that 'the name of the Dorking capon being well-known in Leadenhall market'. Sadly, we are now but a few, and considered rare – but my cousins in Australia, New Zealand, and the USA are doing well – so I am still a happy bird!”