Secret Epsom & Ewell
- Ruth Mansergh
15th September 2023
Nestled in the northern reaches of Surrey is the district of Epsom and Ewell. The town of Epsom is famous for its racecourse – home of the legendary Derby and The Oaks – while Ewell is a pleasant suburban area that has a high street lined with many fine old buildings. Mineral waters are significant in the history of both towns with Ewell springs attracting nomadic hunters of the Middle Stone Age, and the discovery of the well-known salts resulting in Epsom prospering as a spa in the Georgian period.
In ‘Secret Epsom and Ewell’ author Ruth Mansergh looks back through the archives to seek out those hidden aspects of the area’s rich heritage. Her fascinating historical exploration uncovers some strange stories, secrets and surprises. Here are the lesser-known facts and unfamiliar episodes from the past. Different chapters focus on the district’s industrial history – including Ewell’s gunpowder mills; curious properties; poverty and the plague; military matters and much more. As you would expect, the ‘sport of kings’ features prominently, with some illustrious equines, colourful characters, rogues and rascals linked to the renowned racecourse.
Fully illustrated throughout, this enlightening and revealing book will be of interest to residents and visitors alike.