Portrait of Surrey - Basil E. CracknellRobert Hale, 1970, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Gently faded at the spine of the dust wrapper with a little light edge-wear. Edges of the text block lightly spotted. Pages lightly age-tanned.
Illustrated with black and white photographs. From the cover: “Surrey is one of the most beautiful counties in Britain—and one of the most threatened.
With its wide open chalklands, its pine-dotted ridges, its vast area of heathland and common, and its many attractive villages and country towns, Surrey is indeed a lovely county. Yet in its very beauty lies its greatest danger. For lying, as it does, at the very doorstep of London, the county is invaded every fine weekend by an army of cars. Of course people need to escape from the drabness of suburbia, but all too often they destroy the very peace and quiet they come to enjoy. This cruel dilemma, although not confined to Surrey, is more acute there than anywhere else in Britain, and it forms a principal theme of this book.
Dr. Cracknell has lived in Surrey for 20 years, and in the course of writing articles on Surrey places and personalities he has visited every corner of the county. He portrays not a static scene but a living organism, ceaselessly adapting itself to a rapidly changing environment in its urge to survive. New motorways, new towns, new country parks, new airfields, these are part of that adaptation process and take their place alongside the Sheres, the Box Hills, the windmills, and the Punch Bowls of picture-book Surrey. Dr. Cracknell personalises what he portrays. To him the countryside has a personality with a spirit and a mood of its own. Whether it is the flat passivity of the Low Country, the high exhilaration of the Chalk, or the wild remoteness of the Weald, they are but different aspects of that total personality which is Surrey.
(In 1965 the Greater London Council absorbed the major part of what was Metropolitan Surrey, whilst Staines and Sunbury on Thames became part of the new Surrey. All these areas are included in this book. )”