Surrey is a county with a fascinating history, being
one of the Saxon shires, and taking its name from
the region known to the Anglo-Saxons as the
‘Southern Kingdom’. Perhaps its most famous
location is Runnymede, site of the signing of the
Magna Carta in 1215, a document imposing the
rule of law over a reigning monarch and from
which Parliamentary democracy grew.
As the photographs in this book show, the
county boasts some wonderful buildings, among
them many fine country houses including
Clandon Park and Hatchlands Park. Hampton
Court Palace is one of the world’s great buildings,
and Surrey is of course home to the renowned
Royal Horticultural Society Gardens at Wisley.
Away from major towns such as Guildford,
Woking and Camberley there is much delightful
rural scenery dotted with quintessentially English
villages. The fascinating aerial photographs in this
book are selected to provide the reader with an
overview of a variety of landscapes and settlements,
with many historic sites included – in all
providing a fascinating aerial portrait of the
Jason Hawkes is one of the country’s
best-known photographers specialising in
aerial photography. From his base near
London he travels worldwide to produce
images for books, advertising and design.
Since 1991 he has provided photographs
for major international companies including
Nike, HSBC, Ford, Rolex, Toyota and
BP. The images in this book and the sister
publications in the series were specially
commissioned by Halsgrove.
Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 978 0 85704 000 8, hardback, 214x230mm, 144 pages. Published September 2010.