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HG Wells and England's first Mosque
Member Name: ClaireBelts
Advantages: TK Max, Primark, ToysRUs
Disadvantages: Not an attractive town
Woking is located in Surrey, South East England.
It is a large commuter town and London is a 28 minute train journey away. As Woking is the first stop on various train lines, trains run very regularly upto London at peak hour (about every 8 minutes).
Woking has two big claims to fame.
The first is that HG Wells wrote War of the Worlds whilst he was living in Woking. He lived in a small "villa" in Maybury Road, which runs parallel to the train line. Woking makes the most of this connection and there is a building called the "HG Wells Centre" and an alien and plane sculpture in the town centre.
The second claim to fame is that England's first Mosque was built in Woking by Dr Gottlieb Wilhelm Leitner in 1889.
the final good thing about Woking is that it has TK Max, Primark and ToysRUs
Now to the negatives. The buildings are ugly, the town centre is poorly designed and the one way road system is a nightmare. The shops are OK, but there is nothing high end in Woking, not even a H&M. And the Marks and Spencers shop has recently been shut down.
some reviews have described Woking as depressing but I would not go that far. Woking is teeming with life and activity and there are some nice bits such as St Johns Village.
If you want to walk along a pretty high street with good shops, attractive buildings and attractive scenery in the background, go to Guildford. If you are looking for a bargain buy, Woking is your town.
Summary: Not for tourists, but good for locals
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