Surrey is a county in the south-east of England, bordering London, Kent, Hampshire, East and West Sussex, Berkshire and Buckinghamshire. It is the 12th largest county with a population of 1,127,300 and the county town is the historic city of Guildford. Surrey was settled by the Saxons in the 5th and 6th centuries and took its name from the word ‘Suthrige’, meaning ‘southern region’.
Surrey today is the most affluent county in England, due in part to its close ties to London. A huge number of company headquarters are based in Surrey; it is also popular for visitors due to its areas of natural beauty, gardens, parks and stately homes.
There are a large number of independent schools in Surrey, at which the upper classes from Victorian London would have been educated. They include the famous Charterhouse School, which was one of the original nine public schools in Britain.