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Epsom & Ewell Literary Society is one of the oldest and most respected literary societies in the UK.

Lectures are held on the first Wednesday of each month from October to May (excluding January) starting at 7.45 pm, sometimes with an interval, and finishing between 9.15 and 9.45 pm. Members of the Committee are always pleased to meet members in the foyer before each meeting.

Our history can be traced back to 1851 with the formation of the Epsom and Ewell Literary and Scientific Institution based in the Institute's own premises in Epsom High Street. After the closure of the Institute, our Society was founded as The Epsom Literary Society at a meeting in the Old Town Hall in 1898. One of the founder members was Lord Chuter Ede (Charter Mayor 1937) who later became the President of the Society between 1959 & 1968. (Ewell was included in the Society's name in 1938).

Epsom Playhouse is the current venue for our meetings - a firm favourite with audiences and speakers, being comfortable with excellent acoustics and technical support. Finding a suitable venue was one of many challenges faced by the Society, including two World Wars.

Despite the many challenges we have survived to become the current thriving Society. "The First One Hundred Years!" is a book written about the Society by our President, Mr. Thomas E J Styche, who served as the Society's Secretary for 46 years from 1963. A scanned version is available in the documents section of this website or click here. If you would like a printed copy, please ask at our table in the foyer at a lecture.