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Egham ~ Surrey Life towns and villages

PUBLISHED: 13:27 12 September 2012 | UPDATED: 20:30 20 February 2013

Royal Holloway

Royal Holloway

A launch pad to some of the county's most spectacular and historic attractions, including Virginia Water, Egham is also on the doorstep of Heathrow Airport and the M25

Originally published in Surrey Life towns & villages August 2012

A launch pad to some of the countys most spectacular and historic attractions, including Virginia Water, Egham is also on the doorstep of Heathrow Airport and the M25

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Did you know?

Its a small world...
The source of many of the stones that were used to create The Ruins at nearby Virginia Water was Leptis Magna, a Roman City site on the shores of the Mediterranean near Tripoli, in present day Libya.

Sealing history
Runnymede is the famous historical site where King John sealed the Magna Carta in 1215. Today, a stroll will take you to the Magna Carta Memorial, as well as the John F Kennedy Memorial and the Air Forces Memorial.

World class art
In the last years of his life, between 1881 and 1883, Thomas Holloway, a self-made multi-millionaire whose fortune had been made in patent medicines, paid well over 80,000 (equivalent to more than 6million in todays terms) for the 77 paintings that make up the universitys Royal Holloway Collection.

A place of greatness...
Among a host of distinguished owners, Great Fosters lists Judge Doderidge who was solicitor general to King James I, and Sir Robert Foster who lived there in 1639. It also hosted Charlie Chaplin and Orson Welles.

While youre there...

...Virginia Water and its ruins. First dammed and flooded in 1753, it was the largest man-made body of water in the British Isles before the creation of the great reservoirs.

Eat at...
163 Egham (01784 432344) on the High Street or for something really upmarket The Oak Room restaurant at Great Fosters (01784 433822).

Drink at...
The Fox and Hounds at Englefield Green (01784 433098) is a horse riders favourite.

Stay at...
If the runnymede-on-thames hotel (01784 220960) is good enough for Olympians and PGA golf champions....!

Move there for...
And get: A seven-bedroom property set in delightful gardens and grounds.

Famous neighbours?
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have moved into the nearby Wentworth Estate.

Getting there...
The M25 passes by the town and Egham station is right at the heart of things.

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