House Clearance in Guildford
Few little facts about Guildford
Guildford is the county town of Surrey,as well as the seat for the borough of Guildford and the administrative headquarters of the South East England region. Guildford appears in Domesday Book of 1086 as Geldeford and Gildeford.
It is believed that Guildford was founded by Saxon settlers shortly after Roman authority had been removed from Britain (which was c.410AD). The site was likely chosen because the Harrow Way (an ancient trackway that continues along Hog's Back) crosses the River Wey at this point, via a ford. This probably gives rise to the second half of Guildford's name. The root of the first part is gold rather than society or meeting place. The Saxon name would have been Gyldeford, meaning golden ford. It has been suggested that the gold may refer to golden flowers by the ford, or the golden sand, but this is not certain. There is an old coaching Inn on the Epsom Road previously called the 'Sanford Arms', which almost certainly derives from 'Sand Ford', so this adds weight to the suggestion that 'Guildford' is a corruption of 'Gold Ford', referring to the very distinctive golden sand showing on the banks of the River Wey where it cuts through the sandy outcrop just south of the town.
From 978 Guildford was the location of the Royal Mint.
According to Channel Four Television's "The Best and Worst Places to Live in the UK" TV show Guildford was the 9th best place to live in Britain in 2006 but slipped to 12th position in 2007, largely due to the pollution produced by the numerous cars found on the roads.Guildford is the most attractive and safe shopping destination in the UK, according to the Eve Prime Retail Survey 2004 and ranked 27th in the country overall.
Guildford has the most visited Art Gallery in Surrey, Guildford House Gallery, with over 120,000 visitors per annum.The Gallery is situated in the High Street, in a 17th century Grade I Listed Town House and is run by Guildford Borough Council.
Guildford has been the home of several notable people including Lewis Carroll, author of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass.
P. G. Wodehouse - comic writer.
Jean Jacques Burnel - bass player.
Jodie Kidd - model.
Guildford has been captured on film in Carry on Sergeant, which was filmed at the former Queens Barracks, and The Omen, a scene from which was filmed at Guildford Cathedral.