There has only been one Duke of Surrey. In 1397 Thomas Holland was given the title as a reward for arresting his own uncle (!?!), the Earl of Arundel on behalf of King Richard II. Richard was overthrown by Henry IV, and subsequently Holland plotted against Henry in a bid to restore Richard to the throne. The plot failed, Thomas Holland was captured and beheaded. Since then, the title has remained unused.
The first recorded refence of cricket was made in Surrey and dates back to 1550. So, the sport itself has a had a pretty good innings to date.
Surrey had a resident dragon that terrorised the folk of West Clandon. A soldier (condemned to death for desertion) pleaded for his life to be spared in exchange for killing the scaly beast. The soldier and his dog duly beat the dragon and saved the locals. Today the story is celebrated in a village mural.
Known for his habit of only stealing gold (never jewels or items that could be identified later), the Golden Farmer was a feared highwayman who made Bagshot ‘the most dangerous place in all England’. William Davies was a respectable innkeeper by day and rogue by night. Tales say he was a ‘Robin Hood’ type character who left coins at houses of the poor. Whether his generosity is true or not, he was certainly a busy man and fathered of 18 children.
He wasn’t the only ‘footpad’ known to prowl Surrey, in fact the route between London and the South West was a rich hunting ground that attracted dozens of highwaymen (and women) including the famous Dick Turpin.
Surrey has been home to many of the UK’s biggest rock stars including; Eric Clapton, Petula Clark John Lennon, Joe Strummer, Ringo Starr, Jimmy Page, Roger Waters, Phil Collins, Brian May, Ronnie Wood and many more.
Peter pan was created in Surrey. James Matthew Barrie wrote the story while staying at Black Lake Cottage near Farnham. During his stay, Barrie had befriended the Llewelyn Davies family and it is believed he was partly inspired to write the book based on the family’s children, George, Jack, Peter, Michael and Nico.
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Armishaws have been moving and shaking in Surrey since 1973. A family-owned, privately run company we’re members of the British Association of Removers, giving you greater levels of financial protection, it also means we adhere to a strict code of conduct. At Armishaws all are teams undergo further training to ensure we offer the highest standards of customer care. We also provide green moves and are market leaders in eco-friendly removals, so you can be sure that with Armishaws your Surrey removals won’t cost the earth.
England’s most densely wooded county with over 20% of its surface covered by woodland, Surrey is a commuter heaven, within easy reach of central London, good links to the South Coast and easy access to the M25, plus Gatwick, Heathrow and Southampton airports. Surrey is also tall, in facts its highest point, Leith Hill, is actually taller than the Shard and on a clear day you can see the sea from its turret.
Surrey is a very artistic county, it has been home to pop-stars and actors including Michael Caine (“Not a lot of people now that.”), as well as galleries across the county there is also a sculpture park near Farnham. For those that love the great outdoors there is so much to see, there are wooded trails, canal walks, forests and the South Downs National Park. The Surrey Hills is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty ideal for dogwalkers, runners and cyclists.
Theatre goers and music lovers are spoilt with some great venues for roots music and the biggest stars. Theatre of all shapes and sizes can be found throughout the county and you’re only ever a short hop from London’s West End. The county has much to offer anyone completing their Surrey removals.
It’s not how you start it’s how you finish. Armishaws experienced team are on hand to help you with your Surrey removals, then you can explore this fascinating and cultured county.
The world-famous Royal Botanic Gardens are home of the world’s largest seed conservation project and stands on a sight covering 500 acres. A fantastic day out, with friendly experts on hand.
Thrills and spills with some of the countries fastest and biggest white-knuckle rides. There’s also live entertainment, gardens, gift shops, cafes and more. Perfect for daredevils.
Home to birds from every corner of the world, Birdworld is part of a network of zoos helping to protect endangered species. Penguins, owls, parrots, hawks and all feathers in between.
Every month a prize is awarded in the Box Hill Treasure Trail. Anyone can take part, simply pick up an entry and follow the trail for something the whole family can join in with.