In Woking in 1800 agriculture was dominant, being the only significant employer, the major source of income and the largest user of land.
Today there are very few farms in Woking. Most that remain do so in name only and are now business parks, equestrian centres, dog kennels or catteries. To see a sheep or a cow means a trip to the outskirts of the borough. However, many of Woking's farms are remembered in the names of roads and this exhibition shows how these farms are not completely forgotten.
The law locks up the man or woman
Who steals a goose from off the common
But leaves the greater villain loose
That steals the common from the goose.
17th centuary folk poem condemning the Enclosure Acts
Find out more by visiting the display in Woking's Story
Thanks to Philip Arnold for the use of the Marguerite Howarth images. We also thank Elizabeth Cuttle, Rosemary and Richard Christophers, Diane and Jenny Mukerji and Byfleet Heritage Society for their help.
Image credit: Motorcycle Milk Float from Durnford Dairy Farm, c. 1923