Epsom  Surrey


In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Epsom like this:

Epsom, market town and par. with ry. sta., W. Surrey, at foot of Banstead Downs, 16¾ m. SW. of London, 4424 ac., pop. 6916; P.O., T.O., 1 Bank, 2 newspapers.Market-day, Friday. Epsom was formerly celebrated for its mineral spring (from the water of which Epsom salts were manufactured), and was for some time a spa of considerable repute. ...

It is now known chiefly for its great lace meeting. The racecourse is on Epsom Downs (with branch line from Sutton); the grand stand (erected 1829) accommodates 5000 spectators. Races were permanently established at Epsom in 1730. The principal races are the Derby (1780) and the Oaks (1779); they are run on the Wednesday and Friday of the week preceding Whitsuntide.

Epsom through time

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How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Epsom, in Epsom and Ewell and Surrey | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 21st July 2024

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