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Guildford is the county town of Surrey, England, as well as being the seat for the borough of Guildford and the administrative headquarters of the South East England region. Being in a very sandy area, Guildford is probably named after a golden ford in the River Wey which existed in Saxon times.

Guildford history

Alfred Atheling, son of King Ethelred II, had been living in Normandy during the Danish invasion of Saxon England. After Canute died, in around 1040, he returned to England where he was met and entertained in Guildford by the Earl Godwine who handed him to Harold Harefoot's men who blinded and mutilated him, so that he died not long afterward.

There is a 12th century Norman castle, which was built as an overnight resting place as the southernmost point of the Windsor hunting park. It was visited on several occasions by King John and King Henry III. Today only the keep, restored in 2004, remains. The rest of the grounds are a pleasant public garden.

From the 14th century to the 18th century the town prospered with the wool trade.

Lewis Carroll (1832-1898), author of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass lived in Guildford.

Guildford was made a diocese in 1927, and Guildford Cathedral was consecrated in 1961.

On October 5, 1974, bombs planted by Provisional IRA terrorists went off in two Guildford pubs, killing five civilians. The pubs were apparently targeted because soldiers sometimes visited them, although pubs are obviously not a military target. The subsequently arrested suspects, to become known as the Guildford Four, were convicted and sentenced to prison. They claimed they had been tortured by the police and denied involvement in the bombing. They were released in 1989 when it was made clear that the conviction had been based on false evidence, so the four were in fact innocent.

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