Thomas Pooley lays Surbiton's Foundations

1839
Thomas Pooley plans the construction of over 100 houses, after envisioning a new town ‘Kingston on Railway’ with the railway at the heart of it. He drew up plans and hired the architect, builders and labourers that were to develop roads and buildings, but his vision was met with considerable opposition. By 1842 Pooley was declared bankrupt after Coutts Bank, who lent him the money for his enterprise, refused to lend him more and creditors started to demand that he pay off his debts. Afterwards, Coutts took over the development Pooley started.  

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