Dorking and the Mole Valley
Past and Present
By (author) Ian Williams
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Dorking and the Mole Valley by Ian Williams
Book DescriptionThe Surrey District of the Mole Valley takes its name from the river which runs through its heart. The River Mole rises near Gatwick and flows northwards through the Surrey countryside before entering the Thames near Hampton Court. The river was thought to have gained its name because of its habit of disappearing underground during hot dry weather on the stretch between Dorking and Leatherhead. The commercial centre of the district is the market town of Dorking, which lies equidistant between London and the South Coast, and has a strong association with myths and legends of smugglers, contraband and highwaymen. Surrounding the historic town, the Mole Valley is without question an area of outstanding beauty and has been appreciated by visitors as fas back as Victorian times. Featured here are fascinating images of the villages of Brockham, Betchworth, Buckland, Leigh, Newdigate, Capel, Ockley, Beare Green, The Holmwoods, Holmbury, Abinger, Wotton, Westcott, Leith Hill and Mickleham. In Dorking & The Mole Valley we discover how much or how little the area has changed in the past hundred years by comparing old postcards with modern photographs of the same view. It is a valuable record of changing times and essential reading for residents and visitors alike.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780750945820
(230mm x 170mm x 10mm)
Imprint: The History Press Ltd
Publisher: The History Press Ltd
Publish Date: 17-Nov-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Author Biography - Ian Williams
Ian Williams has lived in the Dorking area all his life. He is passionate about local history and photography, and has collected more than 3,500 postcards of the area in the past 20 years.
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