A TIMELINE OF GUILDFORD HISTORY

By Tim Lambert

Medieval Guildford

10th Century

The village of Guildford grows into a small market town

1086

Guildford has a population of about 900

1257

Guildford is given a charter (a document granting the people certain rights). The main industry in the town is wool.

1295

Guildford sends 2 MPs to parliament

1340

Guildford has a population of about 1,300

Renaissance Guildford

1507

A grammar school opens in Guildford

1611

Guildford Castle is in ruins. The king sells it.

1619

Abbot's Hospital is founded

1645-46

Guildford suffers an outbreak of plague

1683

A new guildhall is built

1789

A theatre is built in Guildford

19th Century Guildford

1801

Guildford has a population of about 2,600

1821

Guildford is lit by gas

1845

Guildford is linked to London by railway

1855

Guildford gains a newspaper

1866

A hospital opens in Guildford

1889

Stoke Recreation Ground opens

1891

Guildford gains an electricity supply

1895

The Dennis brothers start work in Guildford

1898

A museum opens in Guildford

Modern Guildford

1901

Guildford has a population of about 15,938

1927

Guildford is made a diocese separate from Winchester.

1933

A lido opens in Guildford

1961

Guildford Cathedral is consecrated

1965

The Yvonne Arnaud Theatre opened

1968

The University of Surrey takes its first students

1980

The Royal Surrey County Hospital opens. The Friary Shopping Centre opens.

2001

Guildford has a population of about 129,000

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