Welcome to the history of the Holmwood


Owned and managed by the National Trust, Holmwood 

Common lies to the south of Dorking in Surrey, south east England.

On these pages you will find a basic history of the Common

and the villages and farms which surround it together with brief

details of some of the area's notable buildings and residents.

Holmwood has a strong connection with the suffragette movement

as the Dutch House in South Holmwood was the home of Emmeline

and Frederick Pethick-Lawrence and you will find some information

about the couple and their lives on the following pages.


Publications on the history of the Holmwoods are listed on the

Publications pages. These include:

The Lost Villages: a history of the Holmwoods.


Material on Holmwood is also to be found in the following books which can be purchased from the online shop:

Suffragettes, Suffragists & Antis: the fight for the vote in the  Surrey Hills

The Museum Guide to Dorking: a brief history of the town and the surrounding villages

Dorking in the Great War

Suffragette Planners and Plotters: the Pankhurst/Pethick-Lawrence story