Effingham Local History Group’s

September 2020 Online Exhibition


“It says here that Effingham Local History Group will be holding an Online Exhibition in September 2020!”

“Heavens Above Alfred! Clear the diary for this is an event we must not miss!” 

“All Sorts of Peculiar Things”


Effingham Local History Group presents an online exhibition on how the modern world came to Effingham,
 and of the stars of stage, screen, radio, film, music and the arts who followed it here.

Effingham Local History Group presents an exhibition on how the village changed after 1920.  Its grand houses were repurposed while untouched areas were opened up to development.  We will look at how these large family residences took on new roles; for example the schools that were founded in the village, and the establishment of Effingham Golf Club.

Alongside an influx of the well-to-do came many fascinating artists and entertainers. Internationally famous performers like Teddie Gerard, Gwen Farrar, Yvonne Arnaud and Desmond Tester all lived in Effingham during this time. We will also tell the story of Eileen Ascroft, and her role in setting up the Seven Souls in Search of Sanctuary social experiment in Effingham for the Daily Mirror. There will also be displays on John Sargrove and his Primitive Methodists, who established the world’s first automated production line in the old village hall.

The Exhibition’s title “All Sorts of Peculiar Things” is taken from a comment made by Lena Bridger, an Effingham resident who witnessed the antics of some of these celebrities, and it serves as a restrained but acute observation on a time of great changes in the village.

This will be an Online Exhibition with recorded presentations and much more available from this website from Heritage Open Day Saturday September 12th 2020 


Please click here to view the Exhibition preview poster designed by Laura Frost for the Group

This Exhibition is being presented as part of Heritage Open Day 2020. Please click on the image to search on their website for further information on activities happening in Effingham over the Heritage Open Day weekend.