Guildford’s four most famous residents are featured above. Click the images for more information. There are many more people associated with the town but these had the most influence or are the most celebrated today. The town’s most important son must surely be George Abbot, even though he is perhaps not the most famous nationally. He was born in the town and was educated here. He went onto become Archbishop of Canterbury and one of the authors of the Authorised Version of the Bible used in all churches from the 17th century until the late 20th century. He also made his mark on Guildford when returned and built the Abbot’s Hospital, one of the most distinctive of the town’s buildings.
The Dennis Brothers perhaps deserve second place. They moved here from Haslemere and established a motor manufacturing industry of national importance. For a time in the 20th century the name Dennis was on the front of most fire engines, dust carts and even buses anywhere in the country. The Dennis factory became the town’s largest employer for a large part of the 20th century.
Lewis Carroll and Alan Turing were not born in Guildford and their work was centred elsewhere. But for both, Guildford was a home from home and the town is very proud of its association with them. Alan Turin’s family moved here when he was at boarding school and he was a frequent visitor throughout his life. The same applies to Lewis Carrol who bought a house for his six sisters and regularly came here. He was here when he took ill and died in 1898 and he is buried in the town cemetery on the Mount.
Many of Guildford’s famous residents were educated at the Royal Grammar School and a list of famous old Guildfordians is available on Wikipedea