The borough of Epsom and Ewell lies in north Surrey on the outer fringes of Greater London. Epsom Downs is the location of the Derby, one of the most famous horse races in the world, which has been run there since 1780.
From the late 17th century fashionable visitors came to drink the waters at Epsom Spa and to build large houses on the outskirts, many of which can still be seen today. At the start of the 20th century a number of mental hospitals were built on the outskirts of Epsom, some for London County Council patients. These have now closed and the sites been redeveloped for housing.
Further information on Epsom and Ewell is available on the Epsom and Ewell History Explorer website. Click on the links below to see information on: