The first mosque in the UK, it was a collaborative project between Orientalist Gottlieb Leitner and the Nawab-Begum Shahjahan of the Bhopal Nawabate, originally intended for Muslim students at Woking’s Oriental Institute.
It closed in 1912 when Leitner died, but was reopened a year later by a lawyer from Kashmir,
Khwaja Khamal ah Din,
who turned it into an Ahmadi masjid. During World War I, the Ahamdi Imam,
Sadr-Ud-Din, secured an attached cemetery where several Indian Muslim soldiers were buried.