Charter seal

Visitors are offered the opportunity to delve deeper into the fascinating past of this historic Thameside Borough. Resources include rate books, street directories, maps, photographs, prints and drawings, local history books, name indexes and documents. The research room provides a good starting point for self-directed research into the area and is free to use. We will endeavour to assist you in your enquiry by pointing you in the right direction. If you would like to find out more you can email us at [email protected]

The Royal Charter

The Royal Charter granted by Queen Elizabeth I to the Feoffees of Chertsey Market in 1599 is on long-term loan to the Museum and displayed in the Discovery Zone. The 416 year old charter is made of vellum and still has its original Royal seal. It has been conserved at Hampton Court and is mounted in a special glass fronted case with UV filters to protect the document.  Written in Latin, the charter reiterated the permission to hold a market in Chertsey, thought to have been staged in the town from at least the 13th century.

Opening Hours

Wednesday and Thursday 12.30pm - 4.15pm

Saturday 1.15pm - 3.45pm

Researchers are encouraged to contact the Museum ahead of their visit, either by telephone or email, so that we can ensure that items are available for them when they arrive. Access at other time by appointment.