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The Rise and Fall of the English Switzerland

The Rise and Fall of the English Switzerland

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This is the colourful story of Hindhead’s rise, heyday and fall as the English Switzerland. Once known as a barren and dangerous place, the haunt of murderers and highwaymen, Hindhead’s reputation slowly began to change. Its Romantic isolation, idyllic beauty, and reputation for clean air, attracted writers, artists, scientists and other eminent Victorians. It was reinvented as The English Switzerland and from about 1875 until 1905 flourished as a bohemian artistic retreat and health resort. But it was the victim of its own success. Its popularity with increasing numbers of property developers, new residents, hotel owners and tourists meant it was no longer as desirably tranquil and exclusive. Marion’s book is fully illustrated with contemporary photographs, postcards and posters and draws on the diaries, novels, travel guides and memoirs of residents.

Author: Marion Dell