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April 6, 2012

Dorking Surrey

Filed under: England,United Kingdom — Tags: , , , , , , , — needahand @ 11:52 am

Dorking Surrey – Dorking is a town in England, below the North Downs in Surrey, about 40 kilometres south of London. The town has 17,000 inhabitants and belongs to the district of Mole Valley. Dorking began as a small postal station on Stane Street, the Roman road from London to Chichester. In the 11th Century, this Surrey town was listed in the Domesday Book as the Manor of Dorchinges. The landlords were the Dukes of Norfolk, who lived in Dorking, until they moved to Arundel. In the Middle Ages, Dorking, was a prosperous agricultural market, which benefited from its location on a variety of important roads. In 1750 the building of the Turnpike Road made Dorking a post station on the way to Brighton and the coast. This position was lost with the construction of the railway. Dorking is situated south of the town of Leatherhead and west of the town of Reigate, in the county of Surrey.

View a map of Dorking, Surrey here:

March 5, 2012

Woking Surrey

Filed under: England,United Kingdom — Tags: , , — needahand @ 7:08 pm

Woking Surrey: Woking is a district and an important town in the county of Surrey, England, United Kingdom, situated to the north of Guildford. The factory of the McLaren racing team and the headquarters of the brand is in the town of Woking. The first experiment of autonomous energy in the UK was implemented in 1991 at Woking Borough Council. This area of the town of Woking, which has developed its own electricity transmission grid reached a complete independence from the national grid. The swimming pool in Woking implemented the first English experience of fuel cell powered cogeneration (heat + electricity for lighting).

Woking Surrey Map.

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July 30, 2010

Hotel Mandolay Guildford Surrey

Filed under: England,hotels,United Kingdom — Tags: , , — needahand @ 11:42 am
Mandolay Hotel Guildford

Mandolay Hotel Guildford

For your stay in Guildford, Surrey, you must certainly consider the beautiful 19th century Mandolay Hotel, one of the most popular and luxurious hotels in the town. Located centrally the Mandolay Hotel is only five minutes walk from the town centre of Guildford making it ideal for both business and pleasure guests, visiting the town or Surrey in general. Offering banqueting facilities, the Mandolay is also ideal for functions, weddings and parties as well as business conferences, having a ballroom for up to one hundred and eighty and dining for 150. The hotel also offers a fabulous fitness centre which you can make use of and is ideal when the weather is not so good. Guildford is a historic Surrey town, which is also the county town, it has many interesting attractions to visit. Rooms in the Mandolay Hotel Guildford are offered from 95 euros per night (about £80). Guildford can be reached from the A3, it is situated to the south-west of central London. Guildford Map.


July 24, 2009

Leatherhead Surrey History

Filed under: England,History,Travel,United Kingdom — Tags: , , , , , , — needahand @ 4:29 pm

A small market town in Surrey, with a very interesting history is Leatherhead, located 4 miles south of Epsom. Though probably seeing human habitation as far back as the Neolithic Era, and certainly known to the Romans (Stane Street passes nearby), the first mention of Leatherhead was in Anglo-Saxon times, appearing in King Alfred’s will and being bequeathed to his son Edward. Later appearing in the Domeday Book as Leret, it was held by Osbert de Ow, and even this far back had a church. Its position on a crossroads and on a ford of the River Mole, led it to becoming a market town and Henry III granted Leatherhead the right to hold a weekly market and an annual fair. The Running Horse pub which still stands in Leatherhead today dates from 1403 and has been mentioned in poems and writings over the centuries. The Swan Hotel was a popular coaching station beside the River Mole, it declined only after the arrival of the railway in the 19th century. Leatherhead’s charming old centre was mostly ruined in the 1970’s and 1980’s as it was developed as a pedestrianised area with little thought for the history of this charming town.

More Leatherhead History.

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