This is the home page of the website for the Epsom Civic Society. Please explore the menus above to see the full content available. A recent addition includes (under the Home menu) a page of links to other websites with content about Epsom and Surrey and to other organisations sharing the aims and interests of our Society.
The current picture shows Epsom High Street with poppies to commemorate the start of the Great War 100 years ago.
The Society was founded in 1959 as the Epsom Protection Society, at a time when many historic and architecturally valuable buildings and houses in Epsom and Ewell were being threatened by developers. Then, our primary role was to halt the destruction of Epsom’s heritage and to ensure that new development was compatible with the traditional character of the town.
In 2011, our name was changed to Epsom Civic Society. Our purpose continues to be to protect the heritage of Epsom and to encourage high standards of new planning and building; but the change of name reflects the wider concerns of the Society to promote civic pride and to inspire progressive improvement in the quality of urban life for everyone.
The Society is a founder member of Civic Voice, the national charity for the civic movement in England, and shares common aims with other civic societies.
- care about the surroundings – the places where people live and work and enjoy leisure
- want to find solutions to environmental problems
- wish to improve the fabric of the town for present and future generations
- help to safeguard the heritage and character of Epsom
- listen to the local community and campaign for their interests
- encourage high standards of planning, design and architecture in the built environment and the retention of open spaces
- aim to promote a sense of civic pride