At the beginning of the 19th century the population of Egham stood at 3,000. There was a bustling High Street with shops, pubs and a strong community of clubs and societies. In 1846, Egham’s role as a coaching town was replaced by the arrival of the railway. This modern means of transportation brought an influx of visitors who associated the banks of the Thames at Runnymede as a place of leisure.
One of the century’s great entrepreneurs was ‘Professor’ Thomas Holloway. With his patented ‘cure all’ medicines and flair for advertising, he created one of the world’s first global brands, “Holloway’s Pills and Ointments.” The self-made millionaire was generous with his good fortune, founding Holloway Sanatorium at Virginia Water and Holloway College in Egham.