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I removed the Directions - I don't recall any other article having road and rail directions?

Djnjwd 02:00, 23 Jan 2004 (UTC)

What happened to the information on dorking's communter town status? and the disaffected youth?

I have lived in dorking all my life, and have studied sociology in the area, so i dont see why someone has deleted my info, and i would like some kind of justification for this deletion.

The website stuff dorking, is non-notable and non-credible. On further investigation it is a small forum frequented by 5-10 people who posted their link here as a form of advertising. Now as this is not a credible dorking website I am going to remove it again.

  • Agreed, just looks like an advert and should be removed. --86.11.112.240 16:16, 29 June 2006 (UTC)
  • I surfed on in to this page as part of my musical duties on Wikipedia to add the Emma Holland link and I was amazed to see that the second most boring town in West Surrey has such an elaborately gushing page. A1octopus 23:35, 19 July 2006 (UTC)

I have to take issue with the statement:

'With its many shops Dorking is a booming town'. It clearly is not. The shop turnover is immense and there has not been a single time in its history that all the plots in St. Martins' Walk has been filled. This looks like a piece of advertising, not an encyclopaedic entry. If someone can find justification for this, maybe from the Dorking Chamber of Commerce, then it should be cited as a reference, otherwise it should be deleted. Robruss24 13:13, 1 August 2006 (UTC)

This document (about the status of Crawley as a retail destination) has a bit of info about Dorking as a retail destination. According to the "UK Shopping venue Rankings 2005", it is apparently in 445th place. Also, it is not considered to be either a Primary Regional Centre (such as Brighton or Crawley) or a Secondary Regional Centre (such as Haywards Heath or Horsham). So statistically, it is a relatively small player in the local retail market. Hassocks5489 14:00, 15 November 2006 (UTC)

I slightly altered the wording in the modern era section.Robruss24 15:20, 4 December 2006 (UTC)

Leisure?[edit]

The leisure section states that "Dorking Halls is a cinema, theatre, leisure centre and swimming pool complex." But as far as I can work out, this is not true. You can't buy a leisure centre ticket or a swimming ticket in Dorking Halls. Also, you can't buy a cinema ticket or a theatre ticket in the leisure centre. If no one has any solid evidence that my hunch is incorrent, please state it. If not, do I have permission to correct this section of the article? Pappy uk (talk) 02:46, 1 March 2009 (UTC)

I believe it is just a semantics problem, Dorking Halls is adjacent to Dorking Leisure Centre, this section should be re-written to reflect that fact. PorgeHR (talk) 21:27, 29 January 2010 (UTC)

Possible rewrite?[edit]

This would benefit from a rewrite in a more neutral tone, preferably with citations for some of the comments. I'll try to do something in the next couple of days or so.

http://worldroots.com/brigitte/famous/j/johnhowarddesc5.htm indicates that it's the 10th Duke of Norfolk who is buried in Dorking; I have drawn a blank on which churchyard though ... can any locals help?

I'll do the Dorking Deepdene and Dorking West station entries as well - that was what I was originally concerned with ...! --Hassocks5489 12:14, 11 August 2006 (UTC) (Occasional Dorking visitor)

Pappy uk[edit]

I reverted numerous edits by this user Pappy uk because I was not sure of the veracity of the edits. The image of the cockerel was not really suitable as it had people in it. It was not clear where it was. The music for people under 18 no longer occurs and there was no substantiation. SuzanneKn 17:56, 20 October 2007 (UTC)

Not sure what was wrong with some of the edits. He/she separated Dorking Halls from the Swimming Centre (two separate buildings), and removed two unreferenced "famous people" who may or may not be Dorking people but I've never heard of them. I quite liked the Cockerel picture: it is a figure of ridicule in the town and the caption ("a typical night out") is quite accurate. The photograph was linked from Facebook, where there is a group for people who have climbed the statue. BeerMatt 06:21, 21 October 2007 (UTC)
Agreed, BeerMatt. I'm fairly sure the new Swimming Center is seperate from Dorking Halls. (You can't buy a ticket to a film in the Swimming Center, and you can't pay to go swimming in Dorking Halls...If yu get my drift.)
As for the picture of the people on the Dorking Cockerel, I thought that was very amusing, and completely correct. There's always drunk teenagers 'riding' it...
So even though it's not very appropriate, i think it's ideal to display some of our our youths actions. 86.3.124.119 (talk) 20:54, 4 January 2008 (UTC)

Joshua Nicholas Cowls and Sir Edward Michael Blunt[edit]

Who are these people, and why do they not appear anywhere else but here? They've been deleted and reinstated plenty of times, but what's the truth here? Is there any evidence that these people even existed? BeerMatt (talk) 13:03, 23 November 2007 (UTC)

<-- Josh is headboy of ashcombe school -.-
(taken out of my post) So that explains it then. Can we leave them out once and for all now? BeerMatt (talk) 21:08, 26 November 2007 (UTC)
Reverted again. If there's any reason why these people should be included, please post some evidence. BeerMatt (talk) 12:51, 28 November 2007 (UTC)

Notable people[edit]

I've cleaned up this considerably as per the needs of the cleanup tag. I've checked, verified and amended data providing references. Box Hill, Coldharbour etc are not the town of Dorking so they have been removed. As for verifying Lord Nelson's visit I'm afraid I couldn't. Hope my work is OK. The old list is below if anyone has any other views. SuzanneKn 19:10, 4 December 2007 (UTC)

I'll find references for Tony Allen and Arthur Ransom. I "know" that TA was born here, and AR lives here, but I'll see what I can find. I've read conflicting information about Tony Allen's son Marvin (either Croydon, Dorking or London), and I'm happy to leave that out. Agree with your other edits - great stuff. BeerMatt 19:35, 4 December 2007 (UTC)

Large Houses Just to clarify, Denbies House is not now a winery. Denbies House is on top of Ranmore, about 1 mile away frm teh newl-built winery. It is owned by the owner of the vinyard Robruss24 (talk) 15:38, 22 May 2008 (UTC)

To add to that, Denbies house was demolished at the turn of the century, a smaller house, lived in by owner of Denbies Winery, has since been built on the site. PorgeHR (talk) 21:27, 29 January 2010

Local bands of note[edit]

Why is this in any way relevant!? — Preceding unsigned comment added by 213.212.80.106 (talk) 14:09, 26 July 2011 (UTC)

Deepdene in Surrey -- manor home?[edit]

According to this article, it was demolished in 1967 and Kuoni Travel offices now sit on the site. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2100866/Majestic-historic-mansions-stood-proudly--demolished-make-way-bypasses-housing-estates.html It was a HUGE house. I take it this is not the same house as Denbies House mentioned above? --98.246.156.76 (talk) 06:17, 23 May 2013 (UTC)

  • Different house and already has own article, Deepdene (garden). It is mentioned under Henry Hope in Famous residents and literary connections section. Cjc13 (talk) 14:33, 23 May 2013 (UTC)
    • I hadn't seen your confusion. I just wanted to write on here to entrench the point that a lead is not to be dumbed-down to suburb levels. I am sure readers will feel a little bit more clear about what all these estates are now! I hadn't even seen your comments, but would definitely not be surprised in the slightest for an outsider to the county to confuse any of a number of estates dotted about Dorking. Dorking has many extraordinary aspects to such a large semi-rural town, like Kendal, whether historically, topographically or socio-economically. - Adam37 Talk 14:20, 27 December 2013 (UTC)

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