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Jane Austen (1775-1817) visited Great Bookham where her godfather, Revd. Samuel Cooke lived. Emma has a scene on the nearby Box Hill.

Lewis Carroll (1832-1898),Lived in Guildford with his family from 1868 at The Chestnuts. Died in Guildford, 14th January, 1908.

William Cobbett (1763-1835) born 9th March 1763 at The Jolly Farmer public house, Farnham, renamed The William Cobbett.
The Jolly Farmer where
Cobbett was born,
now renamed
He worked for some time as gardener for the Bishop of Winchester at Farnham Castle. He has some connection with Hindhead which he described as 'the most villainous spot God ever created' and Emley Farmhouse, at Bowlhead Green. In 1779 he took up a two year residency with Rev. James Barclay of Guildford where he learns the value of a good library. He spent his last years farming at Normandy, north of Farnham and died from influenza, 18 June 1835, buried in the churchyard of St Andrew's, Farnham's Parish Church. He is buried in a grave near the north door of St. Andrew's Church in Farnham

The Tomb surrounded by iron railings

The William Cobbett school is nearby.
There are numerous extracts from his Rural Rides on the web.

Warwick Deeping (1877-1950) purchased the house known as "Eastlands" at Weybridge in Surrey. He lived there from 1919, puruing a successful career as an author until his death on 20th April, 1950.

Conan Doyle The large house, Undershaw, built in 1897 by Conan Doyle in the hope of helping his wife's ill health. The house, near Hindhead, is fast falling to the bulldozer, a partial victim to the new tunnel despite many attempts to save the literary site. Conan Doyle wrote The Hound of the Baskervlles whilst living there.


Thomas Hardy (1840-1928) Hook Road, Surbiton, Surrey

Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889) Memorials in Westminster Abbey and Haslemere.

George Macdonald (1824-1905) After the death of his beloved wife in 1902, MacDonald's own health deteriorated significantly—and shortly afterwards he suffered a stroke. This left him partially paralysed, and he returned to England to live in a house built for him by his eldest son at Haslemere, Great Tangley Manor, Near Guildford, St. George's Wood, Haslemere, Ashtead, Surrey. He died after a long illness at Sagamore, Ashtead, the home of his youngest daughter, Lady Troup, on 18 September 1905. His ashes after cremation at Woking were buried in the English cemetery at Bordighera.

William Hale White (Mark Rutherford) (1831-1913)1862 moves to Carshalton. 1865 Living at Stream House, Carshalton, 1868 moves to 19 Park Hill, Carshalton. Father buried in Carshalton. February, 1889, moves to Street Farm, Ashtead, Surrey

Angela Thirkell (1890-1961) Died Birtley House, Bramley, Surrey, 1961.

Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-02) built Aldwith in Haslemere in 1868 and died in Haslemere, buried in Westminster Abbey Memorials in Haslemere and near Farringford, I.O.W.

P.G. Wodehouse (1881-1975) born in Guildford, at 1 Vale Place,59 Epsom Road, Guildford, Surrey; there is a blue plaque over the door. Lived there for a year before returning to Hong Kong.

Took American citizenship in 1955.

[Wodehouse birthplace]

59 Epsom Road

Francis Brett Young (1884-1954) educ. Epsom School

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