Until the 19th century, Surrey - apart from those areas immediately south of the River Thames - was a predominantly rural county. However, the growth of the railways and the expansion of London turned many parts into a suburb of the Capital.
Despite this, many districts today retain a distinctive rural character, often quite upmarket in nature, giving Surrey the reputation of being one of the most affluent areas in south east England.
Places of interest
With thanks to the following for the images of Surrey:
Church Lane, Sandhills © Peter Trimming
Newlands Corner © Richard Thomas
Hollow Lane, near Dormansland © Dr Neil Clifton
Stoke Mill © Ron Strutt