Celebrations for New Deepdene Book!

Coady the lion statue at Deepdene

Join local author Alexander Bagnall at Fetcham Park House on 24 July for a fascinating talk celebrating the launch of his new book: “The Deepdene: A Landscape Rediscovered”

The book explores the rich history of the owners of the Deepdene Estate and the recent unearthing of The Deepdene Trail by the local community. Featuring tales of owners like the Hope family, holders of the infamous Hope Diamond and responsible for the success and the decline of the Deepdene Estate. Alexander Bagnall, has overseen the efforts to rescue the surviving remnants of the Deepdene and his talk looks to express the Hope family motto “Hope Not Broken”.

Councillor David Draper, Cabinet Member for Leisure said; “The Deepdene Trail was created by Mole Valley District Council and partners as part of a £1million Heritage Lottery Funded project from April 2015 to March 2018. The project restored and reconnected the historic Deepdene estate, involving members of the public in the process through activities, volunteer work and digital interpretation. The book launch will provide an opportunity to hear about the astounding history and reawakening of The Deepdene from the author himself.

“The Trail is managed by Mole Valley District Council and supported by volunteers and a range of partners. There have been over 30,000 visitors since it opened in September 2016 and, with up to nine miles of paths to walk, there are plenty of surprises and new views to discover. We hope the launch of the new book will inspire even more visitors to explore this hidden treasure.”

Tickets for the book launch will be available from the Dorking Halls websitewww.dorkinghalls.co.uk. They are priced at £5 and each ticket’s value will be redeemable against a copy of the book (total price £15) on the night, as well as a free drink and some light refreshments at Fetcham Park House.

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