Evening talk : The Rise and Fall of English Switzerland

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Hindhead was once known as a barren and dangerous place, a haunt of highwaymen.

Dr Marion Dell described how, from about 1875, that reputation changed. It became a bohemian retreat known as “The English Switzerland” which attracted writers, scientists, artists and other eminent Victorians. Some notable people who came to live here, included Alfred Lord Tennyson, Arthur Conan Doyle, Flora Thompson, George Bernard Shaw and Grant Allan. But it soon became a victim of its own success, and by the end of the century, its increasing popularity began to cause its downfall.

Monday 1st April at St Joan’s Centre, Farnham

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