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Surrey is a county in the South East of England and is one of the Home Counties. The county borders Berkshire, Greater London, Hampshire, Kent, East Sussex and West Sussex. The county town is Guildford. Surrey is divided into 11 non-metropolitan districts: Elmbridge, Epsom and Ewell, Guildford, Mole Valley, Reigate and Banstead, Runnymede, Spelthorne, Surrey Heath, Tandridge, Waverley, Woking. This portal covers all aspects of Surrey.

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St Mary's Church, Ewell is the civic church of the borough of Epsom and Ewell in the county of Surrey in South-East England. Designed by Henry Clutton and consecrated in 1848, it replaced an earlier church to the South, which dated back to at least the 13th Century.

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A 1959 view of South Street in Dorking, Surrey.

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Robert James Potter OBE (born October 6, 1909 in Guildford, Surrey, died November 30, 2010) was an English architect who was noted for his work on church buildings.

After school he studied Architecture at the Regent Street Polytechnic and moved to Salisbury in 1935 aged 26, establishing an architectural practice there. Within three years he was commissioned to design St Francis Church in the city, which has subsequently become a listed building. Potter's designs included military and residential buildings (such as the extensive extension to South Stoneham House in Southampton) but his primary focus was on church architecture; in 1958 his Church of the Ascension, Crownhill in Plymouth was consecrated and in 1959 he started work on St George’s Oakdale in Poole.

Potter's work was not purely focussed on new builds, he was involved in substantial renovation works to a number of well known buildings including Chichester Cathedral, Oxford's Bodleian Library, St Peter Mancroft (the largest church building in Norwich) and St Stephen Walbrook, All Souls Church, Langham Place and St Paul's Cathedral, all in central London. He became well known for creating community rooms under the foundations of ancient church buildings and earned the nickname "The Mole" as a result.

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