Descriptive Gazetteer Entry for MOLE (THE)

MOLE (THE), a river partly of Sussex, but chiefly of Surrey. It is formed by the union of several runnels, issuing from the forest of Tilgate; acquires appreciable Volume within Horley parish, on the S border of Surrey; runs thence north-westward to the vicinity of Dorking; enters there one of the defiles of the great barrier downs which extend across Surrey; traverses a romantic reach through that defile, and past the foot of Boxhill; and proceeds northward, past Leatherhead, with circuitous detour round Cobham, and past the vicinity of Esher, to the Thames opposite Hampton-Court. Its length of course is about 30 miles. Milton calls it the "sullen Mole; ''Thomson calls it the "Silent Mole; ''and Spencer speaks of it as

Mole, that like a nousling mole doth make
His way still underground, till Thames he o'ertake.

(John Marius Wilson, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870-72))

Linked entities:
Feature Description: "a river"   (ADL Feature Type: "rivers")
Administrative units: Surrey AncC
Place names: MOLE     |     MOLE THE     |     THE MOLE
Place: Mole Valley

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