This beautifully produced book with its many illustrations traces the history of Guildford from its Saxon beginnings to the present day. It was published at the end of 2011, the year in which Guildford celebrated two anniversaries. It was the fiftieth anniversary of the consecration of Guildford Cathedral in 1961 and a chapter in the book deals with the building of the Cathedral. 2011 also marked the four hundredth anniversary of the translation of the Bible authorized by James 1 and published in 1611. One of the translators was George Abbot, a native of Guildford. He later became Archbishop of Canterbury but remembered his home town by establishing Abbot's Hospital to cater for some of the poor. Possibly the first 'sheltered housing', it still functions in a similar way.