Art Holiday Travel and Vacation information for Surrey

County in SE. of England, bounded N. by the Thames, which separates it from Bucks and Middlesex, E. by Kent, S. by Sussex, W. by Hants, and NW. by Berks; greatest length, N. and S., 26 miles; greatest breadth, E. and W., 40 miles; area, 485,129 acres, population 1,436,899. The County is traversed from E. to W. by the North Downs range, from which the surface slopes gently down towards the Thames on the N., while on the S. it descends into an extensive flat plain (partly also in the counties of Kent and Sussex) called the Weald. Except a small portion in the SW., and another small portion in the SE., the whole of the County is drained by the Thames and its tributaries, the Wey, Mole, and Wandle. There are many varieties of soil, including plastic and alluvial clays, rich vegatable loam, calcareous earth, and almost barren heath. On the plastic clays the crops are wheat and beans; the alluvial soils, particularly in the vicinity of the metropolis, are chiefly occupied by orchards, market gardens, and farms for the culture of medical and aromatic plants; on the loamy soils the crops are barley, oats, and pease, carrots and parsnips; while the chief products of the calcareous soils are hops and clover. There are some industries in oil, paper, calicoes, woollen goods, &C., and those places situated on the Thames share in the trade of the port of London, but (except in that part of the County included within the limits of the metropolis) the trade and manufactures are not of great importance. The amenities of climate and scenery, the vicinity of the metropolis, and the complete means of railway communication, have caused many parts of Surrey to be studded over with mansions and villas. The County contains 14 hundreds, 152 parishes with parts of 2 others, the parliamentary and municipal borough of Croydon (1 member), the parliamentary boroughs of Battersea and Clapham (2 members), Camberwell (3 members), Lambeth (4 members), Newington (2 members), Southwark (3 members), and Wandsworth (1 member) - all the parliamentary boroughs being metropolitan except Croydon, and the municipal borough of Godalming, Guildford, Kingston upon Thames, and Reigate. The County is in the dioceses of Canterbury, Rochester and Winchester. For parliamentary purposes it is divided into 6 divisions - viz., North-Western or Chertsey, South-Western or Guildford, South-Eastern or Reigate, Mid or Epsom, Kingston, and North-Eastern or Wimbledon, 1 member for each division. (Transcribed from Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles, 1887. -C.H.)

Some surprisingly unspoilt scenery, with very good walking; lots of enjoyable places to visit Good family days out here are headed by the Chessington zoo and theme park (its late evening opening in summer is a bonus), and Thorpe Park. Birdworld nr Farnham is another excellent family day out, and the zoo at Charlwood, the children's farm W of Epsom and the rural life centre at Tilford are also popular family treats.

On a nice day, boat hire from Godalming or Guildford can be fun.Adults really do even better in Surrey, with some first-rate places to visit. We'd include the NT properties at East and West Clandon (there's a good value joint ticket), Denbies vineyard at Dorking, the gardens at Wisley, Brooklands (if you like motor racing), Polesden Lacey nr Great Bookham, Claremont garden at Esher, Loseley House nr Guildford, Winkworth arboretum at Hascombe and Painshill Park at Cobham. Some places few people have heard of turn out to be particularly enjoyable: the network of tunnels under Reigate castle grounds, the Watts picture gallery at Compton, Hannah Peschar's sculpture garden at Ockley, the Derby Day Experience in Epsom.Though there are urban corridors, much of the countryside is beautifully preserved, and quite hilly. The National Trust owns several thousand acres in the finest parts, and walkers have an excellent choice, with relatively free access. Surprisingly, Surrey is the most heavily wooded county in England - and it includes some lovely villages, especially Shere, Outwood and Chiddingfold.

Garth Allan
Garth trained as an Engineer, but has returned to Art after a very successful career as Managing Director of a Multi-National Company. He only works in watercolour which he finds fascinating, particularly seeking to capture light, atmosphere, water and exploring the possibilities of colour.

2, Gateways,
Surrey England
- Garth Allan

The Bourne Gallery
Since we opened in 1971, we have sold over 25,000 pictures. A remarkable achievement for a gallery tucked away in a quiet street of a market town. We have been described as "Surrey's Best Kept Secret".
Bourne Gallery's artist database includes background details on each artist with a link to the artist's portfolio including the number of items available for viewing. A simple search allows you to find an artist by name or browse through all the artists.

31-33 Lesbourne Road
Surrey England
- The Bourne Gallery

The Whitgift Galleries
Fine art is one of life's great pleasures. To your home, it brings colour, style and personality. In the workplace it carries both message and mood. There are no harmful side effects. And the value of what you own rarely goes down. Sometimes it grows and grows. Since 1945, The Whitgift Galleries in Croydon have supplied pictures to discerning collectors from all parts of the United Kingdom and many other countries.

77 South End
Surrey England
- The Whitgift Galleries

JV Painting Tours

10 Clarence Street
Surrey England