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Thumbnail: Oatlands Palace (front view) - click to enlarge and for more information

Henry VIII built Oatlands Palace at Weybridge in 1537. Later monarchs continued to visit the palace until its demolition after the Civil War in 1650. The presence of the palace attracted nobles to live in Elmbridge.

Thumbnail: Tunnel (1922) - click to enlarge and for more information

In 1649, a group called the Diggers led by Gerrard Winstanley set up a commune on St. George's Hill in Weybridge. They believed that everyone should be equal and that nobody should own any land. Today many people regard the Diggers as England's first socialists.

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