September will herald a significant milestone in the history of Epsom and Ewell when the borough celebrates its 75th anniversary.
Until 1937, Epsom was a relatively urban area surrounded by rural villages, including Ewell and Stoneleigh.
These villages were engulfed by the suburbs from the 1920s thanks to an influx of a new ‘commuting class’ who settled there because of the improved transport links to London. Farmland was sold to make way for housing and Epsom, which already had a town council, was increasingly looked to for the provision of services.
When local boundaries were re-drawn by the Government in the 1930s the two villages were included with Epsom which led to their unification in a single borough. This was enacted in the Charter of the Incorporation of the borough of Epsom and Ewell which was granted on September 29, 1937.
To mark the anniversary, the Epsom Guardian, together with Bourne Hall curator and local history expert Jeremy Harte, visited the town hall to explore some of the many historical artefacts acquired by the borough in the past 75 years
See pictures of some of the regalia in the Full Article from Hardeep Matharu – at YourlocalGuardian
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