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Bradshaw’s Guide

A descriptive guide to Surrey

This is one of the most interesting, of not the most fertile, of the English counties. Almost the whole surface of the county is undulating, and consists of hill and dale, inspecting each other in every variety of form. In some parts extensive heaths give an air of wildness to the prospect which is strikingly contrasted by the innumerable beauties scattered over the surface of the county by the hand of art, while the hills, which frequently approach the height of mountains, decline into richly wooded dales and plains, covered with luxuriant harvests.

In many parts the landscapes are diversified with picturesque uplands, romantic heights, woodland dells, verdant vallies, and plains covered with waving corn. The most striking feature of the county, however, is its extensive chalky downs, lying nearly in the centre. The railway communications of the county are numerous, and intersect it in all directions.

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Places in Surrey

Featured places

  • Surrey : Crystal Palace

    The site of the Crystal Palace on the summit of Penge Park is one of the most beautiful in the world.

  • Surrey : Guildford

    The situation of this town on the banks of the Wey, and spreading over the steep hill as it rises from the side of the river, is particularly picturesque.

  • Surrey : Kew

    A picturesque village on the banks of the Thames, about seven miles from London, and one mile from Richmond. The palace contains a few pictures, but the gardens are the principal objects of attraction.

  • Surrey : Richmond

    Richmond is a delightful town in Surrey, on the South Western Railway and the river Thames, 10 miles from London, in the midst of scenery which, though often praised and admired, never grows old or wearisome.

  • Surrey : Virginia Water

    This beautiful lake, situated in Windsor Forest, is open daily to the public. It is the largest piece of artificial water in the kingdom, if that can be called artificial where man has only collected the streams of the district into a natural basin.