"DORKING, a parish in the second division of the hundred of Wotton, in the county of Surrey, 12 miles from Guildford, and 29 by rail from London. It is a station on the Reading, Guildford, and Reigate railway. According to the census of 1861, it contains a population of 7,000. The town is placed in an agreeable and healthy situation, in the valley on the S. side of the North Downs, near the river Mole. It has a neat and clean appearance. The streets are well laid out, lighted with gas, and paved. Many good shops and houses have lately been built. Dorking is chiefly remarkable for poultry. Its principal trade is in flour, corn, and lime."
[Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868), Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003]