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Guildford, Surrey

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Guildford, Surrey

Guildford Listen/ˈɡɪlfərd/ is the county town of Surrey, England and the seat for the borough of Guildford. It is situated 27 miles (43 km) southwest of London on the A3 trunk road mid-way between the capital and Portsmouth. The town has Saxon roots and probably owes its location to the existence of a gap in the North Downs where the River Wey is forded by the Harrow Way. The town's access was sufficient that by 978 AD it was home to an early English Royal Mint.
Administrative CountySurrey
Traditional CountySurrey
OS GridSU9949
OS Settlement ClassificationTown
RegionSouth East
Police AuthoritySurrey
Fire and Rescue AuthoritySurrey
Fire and Rescue AuthoritySurrey
Ambulance AuthoritySouth East Coast
Dialling code01483
Population66,773 (2001 census)

Other names by which Guildford, Surrey has been known in the past

Gegldford ~ Guilford ~ Gulthe Ford ~ Gelde ~ Gildeford

Guildford, Surrey in John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles" (1887)

Guildford, mun. bor. and co. town, W. Surrey, on river Wey, 30 miles SW. of London by rail -- bor. (partly in Shalford and Stohe pars.), 535 ac., pop. 10,858; 3 Banks, 5 newspapers. Market-days, Tuesday and Saturday. The first mention of Guildford is in the will of Alfred the Great; it is a picturesque old town, containing slight remains of a Norman castle and some interesting buildings. The Royal Free Grammar-School was founded in 1509. With the exception of a few breweries and flour mills, nearly all the trade of the town is connected with agriculture. Its grain and cattle markets have a high reputation. The bor. returned 1 member to Parliament until 1885.

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