The New International Encyclopædia/Reigate
REIGATE, rī'get. A municipal borough and market town in Surrey, England, at the base of the North Downs, 23 miles south of London (Map: England, F 5). The town was incorporated in 1863; it owns a sewage farm, provides isolation for infectious diseases, and contributes to technical instruction. From early times it was considered a place of strength; and after the Conquest it was granted to the earls of Warrenne. The parish church is in various styles of architecture, the oldest portions dating from the twelfth century. Trade is chiefly agricultural. Nearby are quarries of freestone and hearthstone and supplies of fuller's earth, and of silver sand for manufacturing glass. Population, in 1891, 22,646; in 1901, 25,993.