INFORMATION AND FORMS

   INTERESTING FACS ABOUT SURREY

 

 

  • The estimated population of Surrey according to The Office for National Statistics is 1,127,300.

 

  • In his tales of the Knights of the Round Table, Sir Thomas Mallory called Guildford "Astolat", where the fair Elaine died for the love of Sir Lancelot.

 

  • Surrey is divided into 11 boroughs and districts, Elmbridge, Epsom and Ewell, Guildford, Mole Valley, Reigate and Banstead, Runnymede, Spelthorne, Surrey Heath, Tandridge, Waverley and Woking.

 

  • The High Street is not paved with cobbles: those are potato-shaped stones from beaches. We have brick-shaped blocks of granite called "setts". 
     

  • Opening in 1907, Brooklands near Woking was the world's first purpose-built motorsport race circuit.

 

  • Dennis Cars, originally based at the Rodborough Buildings, Guildford  was probably the first purpose built car factory in the country.  The Dennis name can still be seen on Fire Engines around the UK today.

 

  • The largest vineyard in the United Kingdom is Denbies is located in Dorking.

 

  • Tunsgate is a street, not an archway. The arch is all that's left of the old Cornmarket: Tunsgate is the street behind, leading to the castle.

 

  • Guildford Castle was the only royal castle ever to be built in Surrey.

 

  • Despite having a cathedral, Guildford is not a city. We need a Royal Charter for that, and we haven't got one yet. 
     

  • The Omen was filmed at Guildford Cathedral.

 

  • George Abbot, the Archbishop of Canterbury whose statue stands on the High Street, accidentally killed a gamekeeper while out hunting with a crossbow.

 

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