Portal:South East England

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South East England is one of the nine official regions of England. It was created in 1994 and was adopted for statistics in 1999. Its boundaries include Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, East Sussex, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Kent, Oxfordshire, Surrey and West Sussex.

Its population as of the 2001 census was 8,000,550; the most populous region. The highest point is Walbury Hill in Berkshire at 297m/974 ft. In common usage the area referred to by South East may vary.

Until 1999 there was a South East Standard Statistical Region which also included the counties of Essex, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Greater London. The former South East Civil Defence Region covered the same area as the current government office region.

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Guildford (About this sound pronunciation ; IPA /ˈgɪlfəd/) is the county town of Surrey, England as well as the seat for the borough of Guildford. It is situated some 50 km (31 miles) southwest of London on the A3 trunk road mid-way between the capital and Portsmouth.

The town has Saxon roots, and likely owes its location to the existence of a gap in the North Downs where the River Wey is forded by the Harrow Way. The town grew enough in importance by 978 to be the Royal Mint. With the building of the Wey Navigation and Basingstoke Canal Guildford was in the centre of a network of waterways that aided its prosperity.

The Guildford pub bombing in 1974 killed five people including four off-duty soldiers from the local barracks. The subsequently arrested suspects became known as the Guildford Four.


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The Watercress Line is the marketing name of the Mid-Hants Railway, a heritage line in Hampshire, England, running 10 miles from New Alresford to Alton where it connects to the national rail network. The line gained its nickname in the days that it was used to transport locally grown watercress to markets in London.

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Tiberius Claudius Cogidubnus (or Togidubnus) was a 1st century king of the Regnenses in early Roman Britain.

Chichester and the nearby Roman villa at Fishbourne, believed to be Cogidubnus' palace, were part of the territory of the Atrebates before the conquest. Cogidubnus may therefore have been an heir of Verica, the Atrebatic king whose overthrow prompted the Roman conquest. After the conquest they were part of the civitas of the Regnenses, which was probably Cogidubnus' kingdom before being incorporated into the Roman province. The public baths, amphitheatre and forum in Silchester were probably built in Cogidubnus' time.



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