Located to the South of London, Dorking is a historic market town in Surrey, lying at the foot of the spectacular geographic North Downs and surrounding Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The great composer Ralph Vaughan Williams was inspired by the surroundings of Dorking and it is believed that Charles Dickens wrote much of his "Pickwick Papers" whilst staying in Dorking at the White Horse and based many of the characters on local people he observed.
Brimming with history, Dorking or 'Manor of Dorchinges' in the 11th century Domesday book, was once home to the Dukes of Norfolk. Dwelling on times past, The Bull's Head in South Street in Dorking had a famous coachman, William Broad, whose portrait hangs in Dorking Museum in West Street. Towards the centre of the town, archaeological history reveals previous buildings belonged to the Knights Templar and later the Knights of St John.
Dorking historically relied on agricultural trade, previously hosting a big wheat and cattle market in the High Street and a poultry market on South Street, where the notorious Dorking '5 claw' fowl were sold, popular in 19th century feasts, including those for Queen Victoria.