Secret Guildford, Paperback Book

Secret Guildford Paperback

Part of the Secret series


Guildford is a fascinating town dating from Saxon times.

William I built the Norman castle overlooking the town from where his soldiers could dominate his Saxon subjects.

By the twelfth century Guildford had become a wealthy town as a result of the flourishing wool trade.

The austere castle was transformed into a luxurious palace visited by kings and queens over the following centuries. The seventeenth-century Abbot's Hospital was probably the first `sheltered housing' in the country.

The Angel in the High Street, a posting house and livery stables, was visited by many famous people from Sir Francis Drake to Oliver Cromwell, who billeted his soldiers there during the Civil War.

There is a reminder of another resident, Lewis Carroll, in some delightful `Alice' sculptures by the River Wey.

The twentieth-century cathedral built high above the town was the first to be built since the Reformation. Over the centuries Guildford has played host to a number of colourful characters, has survived dramatic events and continues to flourish in the twenty-first century.

Secret Guildford incorporates many of the little-known stories of these characters and reveals its hidden past in this fascinating book full of quirky anecdotes and lesser-known facts.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 96 pages, 100 Illustrations, unspecified
  • Publisher: Amberley Publishing
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Local history
  • ISBN: 9781445673943



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