How well do you know Historic Surrey?

'What is it' Wednesday

Every Wednesday, on our Facebook and Twitter channels we test our resident's knowledge of Surrey by featuring photos from historic places around the county. However, there's a catch…we only feature a small section of the image and residents have to guess where and what it is!

Take a look at some of our favourite 'what is it Wednesday' pictures that we shared on Facebook and Twitter last year.

Thomas Cubitt statue in Dorking

A master builder, Thomas Cubitt started as a ship's carpenter before eventually starting his own building firm in 1810. Over his lifetime he worked on various landmarks in London before moving to the Denbies estate in Dorking around 1850.

The inscription on the statue states he was "A good builder and a great man". A belief Queen Victoria echoed in her own words, "In his sphere of life, with the immense business he had in hand, he is a real national loss. A better, kind-hearted or more simple, unassuming man never breathed."

You can find this statue opposite Dorking Halls.

The Laboratory building in the Royal Horticultural Society's Wisely Gardens

The Laboratory building in Wisley has been responsible for training horticulture students for decades. Though it's Tudor appearance might suggest a much earlier beginning, this building is only around 104 years old. The grounds of Wisley itself, on the other hand, have been the home to brilliant gardeners since 1878 when the Oakwood Experimental Garden was founded.

Angel Gate

The Angel Gate, part of the Angel Hotel, a grade II listed building built in 1527. Originally a post house, it provided the perfect stop for travellers making the two-day journey between London and Portsmouth. Some of its most famous visitors include Lord Nelson, Charles Dickens, Lord Byron and Jane Austen.

Submit your favourite Surrey spot

Do you have a favourite Surrey spot you think we should feature in our 'what is it Wednesday?' Send a picture through to and keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter to see if you can spot it.

Surrey History Centre

If you want to learn more about the history of Surrey, look no further than the Surrey History Centre.

Surrey History Centre in Woking collects and preserves the records of Surrey's past and present, documenting the story of the county and its people from the 12th century to the 21st century. You can visit the centre to use collections free of charge, staff are always happy to offer advice, and there is a busy programme of exhibitions, talks and events.

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