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The Story of Guildford

By Marion Field

9780750998994

ISBN: 9780750998994

Published: 07-04-2022


The Story of Guildford

By Marion Field

ISBN: 9780750998994

Published: 07-04-2022

About This Book

Guildford’s history dates from Saxon times, and the town has been the residence of kings and many famous men and women, particularly since Henry II turned the Norman castle into a luxurious palace in the twelfth century. Also amongst the town’s famous and influential faces was George Abbot, who became Archbishop of Canterbury in 1611 and was one of the translators of the King James Bible and founded Abbot’s Hospital in 1619 – an early example of ‘sheltered housing’, which still fulfils that role to this day. High above the town is the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit. Consecrated in 1961, it was the first cathedral to be built in the South of England since the Reformation. Below it is the University of Surrey, which received its Royal Charter just a few years later.

Guildford’s people and visitors throughout history come to life in this well-researched account, which also examines the town’s architectural development and heritage, from the castle and medieval guildhall to the modern cathedral and beyond, portraying Guildford’s significance on a national and sometimes international scale.

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