Architecture Dorking

Architectural History

The character of Dorking owes much to its traditions of building. Parts of the town have an eclectic mix of Victorian and Edwardian buildings, reflecting the growth of the town following the building of the direct rail line to London in 1867. Along the main commercial streets hugely different architectural styles stand cheek by jowl.

Rooflines rise and fall, chimneys pepper the skyline, gables, parapets and dormer windows create a complex roofscape, and the modern and the ancient sit comfortably together. Dorking also boasts an elegant 210 ft tall church spire, which can be seen from the surrounding hills. It is this mixture that makes the magic of Dorking’s town centre.

Did you know Dorking also has a history of brick making!

Why not take a guided walk?