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The town and its environs have attracted an impressive array of literary figures to the Surrey Hills:
Disraeli wrote ‘Coningsby’ in 1844 (‘conceived among the glades and galleries’) while staying with Henry Hope at Deepdene.
This stately manor house was built in the Palladian style in the early 1700s for a very rich family - and filled with sculptures and antiques. It was remodelled in the 1820s in Greek revival style. The young Winston Churchill often visited his aunt the Duchess of Marlborough here.
It became a hotel in the 1920s but was sadly demolished in 1967 – the site now housing a modern office block.
George Meredith moved to Flint Cottage in Mickleham with his second wife in 1867 and died in 1909, being buried in the town cemetery. This prolific novelist enjoyed a high reputation in the decades following his death - but nowadays his style has fallen out of fashion. A visit to Box Hill inspired Jane Austen to set Mrs Elton’s exploring party there in Emma (1816).
Keats finished his great poem ‘Endymion’ in the two weeks he stayed at the Burford Bridge Hotel in winter 1817. On publication, it was savagely attacked for its ‘drivelling idiocy’.
Robert Louis Stevenson also stayed there and wrote part of his ‘New Arabian Nights’ in 1882.
Outside the town, it’s nice to think that little has changed since Anna Barbauld wrote her poem on the bridge in 1796:
Here may Industry, Peace, and Contentment reign still
While the Mole softly creeps at the foot of the hill.