Postcard of the High Street, looking west towards Pump Corner

Postcard of the High Street, looking west towards Pump Corner

This is a picture postcard from the early 1900s.  After the railways came to Dorking in Victorian times, people came to the town for a holiday. They rented rooms or whole houses.

Notice the clock. Can you read the name of the business over it? Further down on the same (north) side you can just make out the name of The Wheatsheaf Tavern on its sign.

On the same side nearest the camera is White and Sons, founded by James White in 1817. One of the oldest estate agents in the country, Whites were auctioneers dealing in goods and agricultural land before buying and selling houses. Whites is still doing business in Dorking.

Postcard of the High Street, looking west towards Pump Corner, 2015 

This is a very different scene today, but if you look closely you can spot some of the same buildings that are in the older photograph. Can you find about where the clock would have been? 

Dorking in 1870

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