Rather interesting Dorking facts

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Did you know that Charles Dickens wrote much of his "pickwick papers" whilst staying in Dorking at the White Horse and based many of the characters on local people ?

Did you know that Dorkings Emblem, the unique 5 toed cockerel was left here by the Romans ?

Did you know that Denbies , just outside the town on the A24, is the largest Vineyard in England

Did you know that Vaughan Williams once wrote a concerto for the mouth organ.

Did you know that the town is home to the only surviving house of a Mayflower pilgrim. William Mullins left on the ship in 1620.

Did you know that Abinger Common (5 miles from Dorking) is the oldest village in england with dwellings dating back 7,000 years.

Did you know that St Martins Church spire in Dorking is the second tallest spire in England and the tallest church spire - beaten only by Salisbury Cathedral

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Famous Dorking people:

John Evelyn
Laurence Olivier
Prunella Scales
Thomas Malthus

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Regrets are the natural property of grey hairs. - Charles Dickens
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On this day:
Magna Carta Signed - 1215, The Peasants' Revolt ends - 1381, First Botanic Garden in Britain - 1621, Alcock and Brown complete 1st non stop flight across the Atlantic - 1919
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