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Dorking

Coordinates: 51.2340° N 0.3318° W Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ...

Dorking shown within Surrey
Population 17,000
OS grid reference TQ165496
District Mole Valley
Shire county Surrey
Region South East
Constituent country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Dorking
Postcode district RH4
Dial code 01306
Police Surrey
Fire Surrey
Ambulance South East Coast
UK Parliament Mole Valley
European Parliament South East England
List of places: UKEnglandSurrey

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History and Development

Dorking began life as a small staging post on Stane Street, the Roman Road which linked London to Chichester on the English Channel. Stane Street is the modern name given to an important Roman road in England that linked London to the Roman town of Regnum (near modern Chichester). ... A Roman road in Pompeii Road Construction on Trajans Column The Roman roads were essential for the growth of the Roman empire, by enabling the Romans to move armies. ... Statistics Population: 25,000 Ordnance Survey OS grid reference: SU865045 Administration District: Chichester Shire county: West Sussex Region: South East England Constituent country: England Sovereign state: United Kingdom Other Ceremonial county: West Sussex Historic county: Sussex Services Police force: Sussex Police Fire and rescue: West Sussex Ambulance: South East Coast... Satellite view of the English Channel The English Channel (French: (IPA: ), the sleeve) is the part of the Atlantic Ocean that separates the island of Great Britain from northern France and joins the North Sea to the Atlantic. ...


In the 11th Century, Dorking was recorded in the Domesday Book as the Manor of Dorchinges. Subsequent Lords of the Manor were to include the Dukes of Norfolk - who lived in Dorking until they moved to Arundel: one of whom is buried in Dorking churchyard. In the Medieval period, Dorking was a prosperous agricultural and market town, benefitting from its position on the junction of a number of important roads and tracks. A line drawing entitled Domesday Book from Andrew Williamss Historic Byways and Highways of Old England. ... The Duke of Norfolk is the Premier Duke in the peerage of England, and also, as Earl of Arundel, the Premier Earl. ... This article is about the town in England. ... The Middle Ages formed the middle period in a traditional schematic division of European history into three ages: the classical civilization of Antiquity, the Middle Ages, and modern times. ...


In 1750, the construction of a Turnpike Road made Dorking a staging post on the route to Brighton and the coast. The Bull’s Head in South Street had a famous coachman, William Broad, whose portrait hangs in Dorking Museum in West Street. The inn which now dominates the centre of Dorking, the White Horse, was developed in the 18th century; previous buildings on this site having belonged to the Knights Templar and later the Knights of St John. A toll road, turnpike or tollpike is a road on which a toll authority collects a fee for use. ... Brighton is located on the south coast of England, and together with its immediate neighbour Hove forms the city of Brighton and Hove. ... The Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon (Latin: Pauperes commilitones Christi Templique Solomonici), popularly known as the Knights Templar or the Order of the Temple, were the first and among the most famous of the Christian military orders. ... The Knights Hospitaller (the or Knights of Malta or Knights of Rhodes) is a tradition which began as a Benedictine nursing Order founded in the 11th century based in the Holy Land, but soon became a militant Christian Chivalric Order under its own charter, and was charged with the care...


Dorking held a big wheat and cattle market in the High Street. The poultry market was held in the corner of South Street and round Butter Hill. Here the famous Dorking fowl were sold. This breed which has 5 claws instead of the normal four, was a favourite for 19th century tables, including Queen Victoria's. The Dorking is a breed of chicken that is believed to have originated in Italy during the period of the Roman Empire. ... Victoria (Alexandrina Victoria; 24 May 1819 – 22 January 1901) was the Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland from 20 June 1837, and the first Empress of India from 1 May 1876, until her death on 22 January 1901. ...


Dorking lost its stage coaches when the railways arrived, but now attracted wealthy residents who built large houses in and around Dorking, such as Denbies (now a winery) and Pippbrook House (now the library, with Council Offices in the grounds). Surrounding land and beauty spots such as Cotmandene and Box Hill were donated by landowners for public use and this, together with later planning controls, has enabled Dorking to remain one of the most pleasant towns within convenient reach of London, having escaped much of the modern development witnessed by its neighbours. [Overell, B. 2005, Dorking Local History Group]. Shartapuff is a well known beauty spot in the North Downs of Surrey, England, close to the southern outskirts of London, overlooking Dorking to the south-west. ...


A game resembling rugby was once played here. The two sides were unlimited in number, representing the east and west of the town. The goals were the 2 bridges on the Pipp Brooke. The Town crier kicked off the ball at 2 o' clock and stopped play at 6 o'clock. The game was started at the Church gates and was "rioted" up and down the High Street. It was ceased in 1897 after complaints by tradesmen and it was officially stopped under section 72 of the Highway Act 1835. 1897 (MDCCCXCVII) was a common year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ... Highway Act 1835 is a UK act of Parliament In 1835, the British Highways Act banned the playing of football on public highways, with a maximum penalty of forty shillings. ...


Topography, natural history and local landscape

Just north of the town the River Mole cuts a steep-sided valley through the North Downs. On the left bank is Denbies Vineyard, the largest vineyard in the UK. On the right bank is Box Hill, owned by the National Trust and Britain's first Country Park. The hill has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest, because of the large number of rare orchids which grow there in the summer. The River Mole is a river in Southern England, rising in West Sussex near Gatwick Airport and flowing north. ... Denbies Vineyard is the largest wine estate in England representing over 10% of the plantings in the whole of the United Kingdom. ... Shartapuff is a well known beauty spot in the North Downs of Surrey, England, close to the southern outskirts of London, overlooking Dorking to the south-west. ... The standard of the National Trust The National Trust for Places of Historic Interest or Natural Beauty, usually known as The National Trust, is a British preservation organization. ... A country park is an area designated for people to visit and enjoy recreation in a countryside environment. ... A Site of Special Scientific Interest or SSSI is a conservation designation denoting a protected area in the United Kingdom. ...


Further north is Norbury Park which contains the Druids Grove - a forest of ancient yew trees, some of which are more than 1000 years old.


To the south west of the town is Leith Hill - also owned by the National Trust, the highest point in the south of England, reaching 1,000ft at the tower on top of the hill. Along with the adjacent hills of Holmbury Hill and Pitch Hill, as well as the nearby escarpment of the North Downs from Box Hill to Newlands Corner, the area is known as 'The Surrey Hills'. The tower on the top of Leith Hill Leith Hill to the south west of Dorking reaches 295 metres (968 feet) above sea level, the highest point on the North Downs, and is either the highest or second highest point in south-east England, depending on whether one counts Walbury... The North Downs in England are a ridge of chalk hills that stretch about 100 mi (160 km) from Hampshire through Surrey and Kent. ... The Surrey Hills is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in Surrey, England. ...


A new species of fish-eating dinosaur - Baryonyx walkeri was discovered in clay pits just south of Dorking. The creature had a long curved claw on each hand and remains of its last meal were discovered fossilised in its ribcage. The skeleton can be seen at the Natural History Museum in London. Orders & Suborders Saurischia Sauropodomorpha Theropoda Ornithischia Thyreophora Ornithopoda Marginocephalia Dinosaurs were vertebrate animals that dominated the terrestrial ecosystem for over 160 million years, first appearing approximately 230 million years ago. ... Binomial name Baryonyx walkeri Chraig & Milner, 1987 Baryonyx (heavy claw) is a large, carnivorous dinosaur discovered in clay pits just south of Dorking, England. ... For other similarly-named museums see Museum of Natural History. ...


Modern Dorking

The evolution of the Dorking has been kind to the town centre. Much of the original character survives, whilst accommodating businesses that serve the needs of the 21st century. The town is known worldwide for its antique dealers[citation needed].


The town's three main trading streets of High Street, West Street and South Street are complemented by a small open-air shopping centre, St Martins Walk which is adjacent to the town's main car park and easily accessed from the High Street.


In the late 1990s Dorking Halls was given a huge refit, to make it a cinema and theatre complex. In 2003 a new modern leisure centre and swimming pool were added to the Dorking Halls Complex. 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


There is now a giant statue of a Dorking Cockerel located on the Deepdene roundabout.


Famous residents and literary connections

  • Mark Jordan Perry, celebrated Ale Drinker who resides during the week at Excalibur Cottage. He can be sighted with his ubiquitous Pint (plural) at various ale houses of ill-repute.
  • Laurence Olivier was born in the town - a blue plaque marking his birthplace can be found in Wathen Road.
  • Several other actors live here now including John Watson and Rick Partridge, both of whom have appeared in The Bill.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams, 1872-1958, spent most of his childhood in Leith Hill Place, near Coldharbour and, from 1929 to 1953, off the Westcott Road in Dorking.
  • Henry Hope and his nephew Thomas Hope spent summers at Deepdene in the beginning of the 19th century.
  • Joshua Nicholas Cowls: Famous political debater from the 19th century. Political teachings rumoured to have influenced Tony Blair's early career moves. A bench on the north side of Meadowbank Park pays tribute to his fierce socialist ideologies.
  • Thomas Cubitt was born and lived in the town, and later built up large areas of London from the early 19th Century. His Politician son George also had connections with the town, including building the St Barnabas church at Ranmore Common.
  • Daniel Defoe, 1661-1731, probably attended a boarding-school in Pixham Lane, and later mentioned Dorking in his Tour through the Whole Island of Great Britain.
  • Benjamin Disraeli wrote his novel Coningsby while staying in Deepdene House (now demolished) on the outskirts of the town.
  • Lord Nelson is reputed to have spent his last night before boarding ship for the Battle of Trafalgar at the Burford Bridge Hotel.
  • Robert Kilroy Silk, famous politician and chat show host is rumoured to have a country retreat in the Abinger area.
  • Jane Austen set a significant passage from the novel Emma at Box Hill, north of the town.
  • George Meredith lived in Box Hill and died at his home there in 1909.
Cover of "The Battle of Dorking" (1871).
  • "The Battle of Dorking" a fictional short-story written by Lt. Col. Sir George Tomkyns Chesney in 1871 was set in the town. Describing a fictional invasion and conquest of Britain, it triggered an explosion of what came to be known as invasion literature.
  • Sir James Hopwood Jeans and his wife Lady Susi Jeans lived in the nearby village of Westhumble.
  • John Logie Baird lived in the Swiss Cottage on Dorking's Box Hill in the early 1930s.
  • Oliver Reed lived at Broome Hall, close to the nearby villages of Coldharbour and Ockley, and latterly at Pinkhurst Farm in Oakwoodhill, with his last wife Josephine Burge.
  • Emma Holland was raised in the town, although went to some lengths in a bid to leave it.
  • Sir Edward Michael Blunt, world-renowned lecturer in sociology and famous media personality was born and grew up in Newdigate.
  • Mollie Sugden lives in Ockley, 7 miles to the south of Dorking.
  • Peter André and Jordan live in Ockley, 7 miles to the south of Dorking.
  • Judge Dredd illustrator Arthur Ransom lives in Dorking.

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Local government

Arms of the former Dorking Urban District Council.

Dorking is the administrative centre of Mole Valley District Council. It had been an urban district from 1894 to 1974. Arms of Dorking Urban District Council. ... Arms of Dorking Urban District Council. ... Mole Valley is a local government district in Surrey, England. ... In the British Isles an urban district was a type of local government district which covered an urbanised area. ... 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday. ...


It is situated in the Mole Valley parliamentary constituency, having formerly been the epicentre of its eponymous predecessor, the Dorking constituency. Mole Valley is a constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. ... Dorking was a parliamentary constituency in Surrey which returned one Member of Parliament to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom from February 1950 until it was abolished for the 1983 general election. ...


Transport

Road

Dorking is situated at the junction of the A24 (London to Worthing) and A25 (Maidstone to Guildford) roads. The A24 is a major road in England. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... Worthing is a large town and a local government district in West Sussex, England. ... The A25 is a major road in England, after which the M25 motorway is numbered. ... Maidstone is the county town of Kent, England, halfway (30 miles) between the City of London and the English Channel. ... Not to be confused with Guilford. ...


Rail

The town has three railway stations.

Dorking railway station is a railway station is one of three stations which serves the town of Dorking in Surrey, (the other two being and Dorking West). ... Epsom is a town in the borough of Epsom and Ewell in Surrey, England, to the south of Greater London. ... Horsham is a market town in West Sussex, England with a population of roughly 50,000. ... The Sutton & Mole Valley Line is the name given to the commuter services in south London, Surrey and West Sussex operated by Southern from London Victoria and London Bridge to Horsham via Sutton and Dorking. ... Dorking (Deepdene) railway station serves the town of Dorking, Surrey. ... Not to be confused with Guilford. ... Redhill is a town in the borough of Reigate and Banstead, Surrey, England and is part of the London commuter belt. ... The North Downs Line is the name given to the passenger train service connecting Reading, on the Great Western Main Line, to Redhill, on the Brighton Main Line, linking many centres of population in that part of the North Downs which it traverses en route. ... Dorking West railway station serves the town of Dorking in Surrey, England. ... Not to be confused with Guilford. ... Redhill is a town in the borough of Reigate and Banstead, Surrey, England and is part of the London commuter belt. ... The North Downs Line is the name given to the passenger train service connecting Reading, on the Great Western Main Line, to Redhill, on the Brighton Main Line, linking many centres of population in that part of the North Downs which it traverses en route. ...

Local Music

The Lincoln Arms hotel (located next to Dorking Main railway station) has helped to build the local music scene by allowing local bands to play every Friday night from 8pm onwards. It has proved to be very popular with the 18+ crowd and many local bands can be seen performing there. The Lincoln band nights are run by the Dorktownpunks; a voluntary group aiming to make sure all the local bands and teens have a place to enjoy and play live music.


Education

Various Primary Schools cater for 5-11 year olds:

  • St Martin's School
  • St Paul's School
  • St Joseph's School
  • Powell Corderoy School
  • St John's School, formerly Redlands

Secondary education is largely provided for by:

The Ashcombe School is a mixed LEA comprehensive secondary school, in Dorking, Surrey. ... The Priory School is a Church of England comprehensive secondary school, in Dorking, Surrey. ...

Emergency Services

Dorking is served by these emergency sevices.

Surrey Police is the Home Office police force the county of Surrey in the south of England The force is lead by Chief Constable Bob Quick and has its headquarters at Mount Browne, Guildford, Surrey. ... As of 1st July the NHS Ambulance Services Trusts of Kent, Surrey and Sussex are being joined together to form a new South East Coast Ambulance Service . ... Surrey Ambulance Service is the ambulance service for the County of Surrey, England. ... Sussex is a historic county in South East England corresponding roughly in area to the ancient Kingdom of Sussex. ... This article is about the county in England. ... Is the local Emergency Fire & Rescue service for the County of Surrey, England. ... North Holmwood is a residential area on the outskirts of Dorking, in Surrey, England. ... A physician visiting the sick in a hospital. ...

Leisure and Culture

Facilities and features of the town include:

  • The Dorking Halls, A cinema, theatre, leisure centre and swimming pool complex.
  • Each year in April, the town plays host to the Leith Hill Music Festival for choirs which was founded by the English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams.
  • A local museum.
  • A well stocked library.
  • Famous antique and art shops on West Street.
  • Almost 30 Pubs.
  • The "Arts Alive" Festival takes place annually during the last two weeks of October in and around the town.
  • The Leith Hill area, along with the adjacent hills of Holmbury Hill and Pitch Hill, as well as the nearby escarpment of the North Downs from Box Hill to Newlands Corner, is becoming known as one of the best areas in southern England for mountain biking. As a whole this area is known as 'The Surrey Hills'.
  • Dorking has an active collection of sports clubs, the most recent of which to attract national attention was Dorking Rugby Football Club, winners of the 2005/2005 Powergen Vase
  • Dorking has a vineyard, Denbies.

On June 15, 2004, Dorking was granted Fairtrade Town status. Serge Sudeikins poster for the Bat Theatre (1922). ... A Leisure Centre in the UK is a site, usually owned and operated by the county council, where people go to keep fit or relax. ... A swimming pool, sometimes also referred to in some countries as a swimming bath(German. ... Ralph Vaughan Williams Ralph Vaughan Williams, OM (October 12, 1872 – August 26, 1958) was an influential English composer. ... An amusingly named pub (the Old New Inn) at Bourton-on-the-Water, in the Cotswold Hills of South West England A pub in the Haymarket area of Edinburgh, Scotland A public house, usually known as a pub, is a drinking establishment found mainly in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada... The tower on the top of Leith Hill Leith Hill to the south west of Dorking reaches 295 metres (968 feet) above sea level, the highest point on the North Downs, and is either the highest or second highest point in south-east England, depending on whether one counts Walbury... The North Downs in England are a ridge of chalk hills that stretch about 100 mi (160 km) from Hampshire through Surrey and Kent. ... Motto (French) God and my right Anthem God Save the King (Queen) England() – on the European continent() – in the United Kingdom() Capital (and largest city) London (de facto) Official languages English (de facto) Government Constitutional monarchy  -  Queen Queen Elizabeth II  -  Prime Minister Tony Blair MP Unification  -  by Athelstan 967  Area... Mountain biker riding in the Arizona desert. ... Denbies Vineyard is the largest wine estate in England representing over 10% of the plantings in the whole of the United Kingdom. ... Fairtrade Town is a status awarded by the Fairtrade Foundation in the United Kingdom and Channel Islands, describing an area which is committed to the promotion of Fairtrade-labelled goods. ...


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Dorking is the administrative centre of Mole Valley District Council.
Dorking is situated at the junction of the A24 (London to Worthing) and A25 (Maidstone to Guildford) roads.
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