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Sunningdale History

For a relatively small place Sunningdale boasts quite a wide selection of histories.

Local historian Peter O'Kill is the main contributor. He has very kindly made available articles that he has written on the History of Sunningdale, and of Sunningdale Village Hall. John End has given permission to show selected pictures of Sunningdale as it was and Peter has provided some present day versions. Peter also contributed towards the History of Sunningdale Allotments which was written by Brian King.

Sunningdale Bowling Club has produced a booklet (which resides on the Club's website) to celebrate its centenary in 2013. It was researched and written by Bob and Betty Montgomery, Peter O'Kill and Hugh Devonald, and designed and produced by Mike Thompson.

Most recently, Peter O'Kill has written a booklet to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Sunningdale & District Gardening Association (SADGA).

Finally, mention is made of "A Short History of Sunningdale" by F.C. Hodder, originally written in 1936, which has been re-published in hardback by his granddaughter Bridget Wade.

Holy Trinity Church A Brief History of Sunningdale was penned by Peter O'Kill for inclusion in the Official Sunningdale Guide 2014. It is reproduced here.
Sunningdale station level crossing in 1903 Selected Then and Now pictures of Sunningdale have kindly been made available by John End (the old photos) and Peter O'Kill (the present day equivalents).
Artist - Wendy Trinder Sunningdale Village Hall recently celebrated its centenary; it was first used on November 23rd, 1909 by the Debating Society. Peter O'Kill wrote this History of the Village Hall which was published and circulated widely as part of the celebrations.
"A Short History of Sunningdale". This much sought after book, written by former village Postmaster F.C. Hodder in 1936, has been re-published by his granddaughter Bridget Wade. The new version has a little-known painting of Holy Trinity Church in the 1860s on the front cover, an additional foreword by Mrs Wade, and an extra picture of the author’s family in the early 1900s. Otherwise it is exactly as F.C. Hodder published it. The 150 page hardback book can be obtained for 12 from Mrs Wade at 0774 9659401 or email

View of Joseph Arioli's plot The Allotment Movement slowly began to gather momentum from the 1830s onwards. Members of the nobility and the clergy were early providers of plots. As described in Brian King's History of Sunningdale Allotments, the Rev. Raffles Flint, vicar of Holy Trinity, was responsible for the setting up of the current site in the late 1870s.
Sunningdale Bowling Club After brief use of an area off Halfpenny Lane in 1912, Sunningdale Bowls Club changed its name to Sunningdale Bowling Club in 1913 and settled into a home on land which formed the Old Vicarage Garden, off Church Road. It eventually moved to its present home in Whitmore Lane in 1921 where many improvements have been made over the years. This booklet has been written to celebrate the Bowling Club's centenary in 2013.
SADGA (Sunningdale & District Gardening Association) In this history of SADGA (Sunningdale & District Gardening Association) Peter O'Kill traces its origins back to 1889. This abridged version, which includes an introduction from Alan Titchmarsh, picks up in the story in 1936 when nine professional gardeners from estates and big houses around Sunningdale met to form a provisional committee for a local gardeners' association. The complete history, along with background information on the various SADGA trophies, can be purchased for 2 from Chris Parnell on 01344 626121 or email

We are interested in adding further articles and pictures to this section of the website. Please contact us to discuss any ideas that you have.

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