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Similar disorder surrounding the St Catherine's Hill Fair, held just outside the town on the Pilgrims' Way, was suppressed around the same time.After the death of their father in 1882, brothers Charles Arthur and Leonard Gates took over the running of his shop, which held the local distribution franchise for Gilbey's wines and spirits, and also sold beer.Guildford appears in Domesday Book of 1086 as Geldeford and Gildeford, a holding of William the Conqueror.The King officially held the 75 hagae (houses enclosed in fences or closes) in which lived 175 homagers (heads of household) and the town rendered £32.In 1846, Acts were passed for making two railways from Guildford: one leading to Godalming, and the other to Farnham and Alton; and in the same year, an Act was obtained for a railway from Reading, via Guildford, to Dorking and Reigate.From 1820 to 1865 Guildford was the scene of severe outbursts of semi-organised lawlessness commonly known as the "Guy Riots".However, in 1885, the brothers were persuaded to join the temperance movement, and they poured their entire stock into the gutters of the High Street.

The settlement was most likely expanded because of the Harrow Way (an ancient trackway connecting the ancient cities of Winchester and Canterbury) crosses the River Wey by a ford at this point.The Basingstoke Canal also was built to connect with the Wey navigation, putting Guildford in the centre of a network of waterways.The Chilworth gunpowder works operated right through the Industrial Revolution, and transported much of its wares through Guildford and its toll paid A six-mile (10 km) branch of the London and South-Western Railway from Woking to Guildford was opened in May 1845.A major purpose of Norman castle building was to overawe the conquered population.It had £26 spent on it in 1173 under the regency of the young Henry II.

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