Philip Gorton has been studying local history since childhood.
In the late 1970s, he began using records and archives in earnest when researching and writing his degree dissertation on the urban development of Victorian Godalming.
He has many years of practical experience in dealing with a wide variety of documentary sources and has the paleaographic and interpretive skills that are essential in this kind of work.
He has also developed a knowledge of house construction methods and is an active member of the Domestic Building Research Group, which surveys and records traditional buildings in Surrey.
He has been taking commissions since 1993 and has completed histories of over 120 houses, in addition to other research work. The majority of these houses are in south west Surrey and he has built a thorough understanding of the area's history.
Sally Gorton co-writes the histories and assists with the research.
In addition, she is a trained artist and accepts commissions to paint pictures of the houses.
This watercolour painting of Upper Highfield Farm in Thursley, Surrey, was one of her commissions.
See her website www.sallygorton.co.uk for more information.