House Clearance in Dorking
Few little facts about Dorking
Dorking is a historic market town in Surrey.Dorking appears in Domesday Book of 1086 as the Manor of Dorchinges.
In the Medieval period, Dorking was a prosperous agricultural and market town.Dorking held a big wheat and cattle market in the High Street. The poultry market was held in the corner of South Street and round Butter Hill. Here the famous Dorking fowl were sold. This breed which has 5 claws instead of the normal four, was a favourite for 19th century tables, including Queen Victoria's.
People born in the town include: Padre George Smith in 1845, he was a defender at Rorke's Drift; and Lord Olivier in 1907 - a blue plaque marking his birthplace can be found in Wathen Road.
The Cubitt family had links with the town also. Thomas Cubitt was born and lived in the town, and later built up large areas of London from the early 19th century. His politician son George also had connections with the town, and notably financed the building of St Barnabas Church on Ranmore Hill known by its nickname of Cubitt's Spire.
"The Battle of Dorking" a fictional short-story written by Lt. Col. Sir George Tomkyns Chesney in 1871 was set in the town. Describing a fictional invasion and conquest of Britain, it triggered an explosion of what came to be known as invasion literature.