HIGH STREET, EPSOM.
Two centuries ago the mineral springs of Epsom served as an excuse to Society for making this pleasant Surrey town one of the most fashionable resorts in the country. Epsom salts are still famous, but the towns chief distinction in these days is its proximity to the race-course on the adjacent Downs, where the Derby and the Oaks are run every summer, bringing about a great bustle. None the less is it an interesting town, with a character of its own. It consists for the most part of a long, straggling, but broad High Street, with a rather striking clock tower, which also serves the purpose of a fire brigade station. In the same street are the old Assembly Rooms, now degraded to the uses of commerce.
source: The Queen's London : a Pictorial and Descriptive Record of the Streets, Buildings, Parks and Scenery of the Great Metropolis, 1896