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Location address: United Kingdom, Epsom and Ewell, Epsom and Ewell
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Epsom is a market town in the borough of Epsom and Ewell in Surrey, England. Small parts of Epsom are in the Borough of Reigate and Banstead and Mole Valley District. The town is 13.6 miles (21.9 km) south south-west of Charing Cross, within the contiguous urban area of London mapped by the Office for National Statistics. The town straddles chalk downland (topped by the Epsom Downs part of the North Downs) and the upper Thanet Beds. The eponymous racecourse at its edge holds The Derby at the start of summer which has become the name of a major annual competition across many sports in English-speaking countries. The town also gives it name to Epsom Salts which were identified from mineral waters there.
Epsom salts are named after the town Epsom. Epsom salt was originally prepared by boiling down mineral waters at Epsom.
In 1618, Hendrick Wicker discovered here mineral sources. In the 18th century, it became a famous spa, visited by royals.
The salt is a Magnesium sulfate and used for many medical purposes as a saline laxative.