Redhill, a commuter town in Surrey, is located close to the North Downs, a ridge of chalk hills stretching from Farnham in Surrey to the White Cliffs of Dover in Kent. As a quiet, picturesque getaway from the bustling life of the capital city, which is just over 20 miles away, Redhill is home to a lively railway station that serves the rest of the county as an important junction. With parts of the town in Victorian build, Redhill provides both residents and visitors with an area steeped in history that is pleasant on the eye also.
Reigate, situated almost immediately next door to Redhill, is an equally attractive market town at the foot of the North Downs. Colley Hill, around a mile north of the town, is the sixth tallest point in Surrey - Reigate Hill follows closely behind. Once based around railway expansion and the work of windmills, today Reigate is centred on Bell Street and High Street where shops, cafes, bars and restaurants, and Priory Park are situated nearby. Join Surrey enthusiast Roy Douglas on this fascinating journey through time to see all that has changed and all that has stayed the same in Redhill and Reigate.
Roy is a published local author, well-known in both Sussex and Surrey. The majority of his publications surround the First and Second World Wars, and politics in both the United Kingdom and Ireland. As a keen amateur photographer and an avid reader of both the Through Time series and the From Old Photograph series, Roy feels he has the knowledge and contacts to produce an eye catching publication on the history of Redhill, Reigate and Eastbourne.