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St. Paul's Church, Addlestone

The Crouch Oak
Addlestone is located in Surrey
 Addlestone shown within Surrey
Area  4.87 km2 (1.88 sq mi)
Population 11,501 (Civil Parish)[1] (For the avoidance of doubt these figures excludes Row Town, New Haw and Woodham in the post town)[2]
   – density  2,362/km2 (6,120/sq mi)
OS grid reference
   – London  18.6 miles (29.9 km) 
Civil parish Addlestone
District Runnymede
Shire county Surrey
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Addlestone
Postcode district KT15
Dialling code 01932
Police Surrey
Fire Surrey
Ambulance South East Coast
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament Runnymede and Weybridge
List of places

Addlestone ( or ) is the administrative town of the borough of


Addlestone is a large village which owing to its size is generally referred to as a town, 18.6 miles (29.9 km) southwest of London and 9.8 miles (15.8 km) north-by-northwest of the county town, Guildford; the town constitutes the administrative centre of the borough of Runnymede of which it is the largest settlement. At the 2001 census Addlestone had 16,657 residents in 7,281 homes, whereas neighbouring Chertsey had 11,766 inhabitants, Egham had 11,179 inhabitants (excluding Egham Hythe) and Englefield Green had 11,180 inhabitants.[2] Narrow green buffers separate the town of Weybridge and town of Chertsey and a larger green buffer including a farm, M25 and a golf course separates the village of Ottershaw.[3]

The population of the two wards Addlestone North and Addlestone Bournside was 11,501 in 2011.[1]


The name Addlestone probably means "Attel's Denu": the valley belonging to a Saxon named Attel.

Addlestone, historically called Atlesdon or Atlesford, was a part of Chertsey ecclesiastical parish[n 1], the basic unit of civil administration.[4]

In 1241 the place was listed as "Attelsdene" and by 1610 , just south of the Thames.

Detail of the Crouch Oak. The tree is hollow, but still alive.
The Crouch Oak, an oak tree believed to have originated in the 11th Century, is an important symbol of the town. It used to mark the boundary of Windsor Great Park. Legend says that Queen Elizabeth I stopped by it and had a picnic.[5] The tree is one of the main historic features of the town, and consequently several local businesses use its name in their title. It survived an arson attack in September 2007.

Ongar Hill[n 2], originally a major property now subdivided and in part the motorway, belonged to Vice-Admiral Sir Hyde Parker the elder (d. 1782) noted in the Seven Years' War against Spanish interests in India and the Philippines and the American War of Independence involved with action containing French forces of Martinique.

Sayes Court, Addlestone, now a junior school and residential estate was an old country house, the property of a family named Moore from the 17th to the end of the 18th century. In 1823 it became the property of Sir Charles Wetherell, Recorder (judge) of Bristol, who rebuilt, or at least considerably altered the house.

Chertsey Beomond Manor/Woburn Park

Addlestone, including Green Belt were the western strip of Chertsey Manor or Chertsey Beomond Manor (to distinguish it from others), possessed by Chertsey Abbey from the grant of land by Frithwald, subregulus of Surrey, at a date between the years 666 and 675 CE until the Dissolution of the Monasteries.[4]

Adam de Woburn lived at Woburn Park in 1260[6]

Only thirteen years after 1537 the Crown was content to lease the land rather than continue with a steward (office) so Sir William Fitz William (later his widow) held the whole Chertsey Beomond manor from 1550-1574; later [4] Sir Francis Bacon held it for the infant Charles I who granted it specifically for his Queen, Henrietta Maria (of France). During the Commonwealth of England, the government sold the manor to William Aspinall who sold 292 trees of Birch Wood there for the Navy; however taken back by the Crown at the Restoration of the monarchy and the first of many leases was granted; the first lease was to the first Lord Holles. For example from 1779–1803 the Duke of Bridgwater held it and from an unknown date until 1827 the British Commander-in-Chief Prince Frederick, Duke of York and Albany, famed for the nursery rhyme, the Duke of York Column was tenant of the lands.[n 3]

In the 1740s, the famed gardener, [n 4]

Since 1800

A Baptist chapel was built in Addlestone in 1872, and a Wesleyan chapel in 1898. Another ecclesiastical district of Addlestone, though today separated now by the residential development of New Haw, called Woodham and closer to the major town of Woking was formed in 1902 on what were the boundaries of Chertsey parish and Horsell parish.[4]

By 1911 the ecclesiastical district and ward Addlestone could be considered to have outstripped the original centre of the parish, Chertsey, in importance. According to the Victoria County History published in that year:
This ward contains the largest number of people of the three wards [Chertsey, Addlestone, and Outer Ward] into which the Chertsey Urban District was divided, and the number of new houses shows the growing character of the neighbourhood.[4]

Chertsey Duchess of Teck (Princess Mary of Cambridge) in 1871: certified industrial schools for female children of prisoners, or children otherwise in a destitute or dangerous position. They were conducted on the separate homes system, and are supported by voluntary contributions, with a Treasury allowance for children committed under the Industrial Schools Act. Addlestone's schools were mostly founded in this period: St. Paul's Primary School, built 1841, enlarged 1851 and 1885, initially for girls and infants. Chertsey Urban District took over all roles of the parish and of the "Godley Hundred" under the Local Government Act 1894. A boys' school was added in 1901. New Ham School was built in 1874. St. Augustine's School (Church) for infants was built in 1882, and Chapel Park (a church-sponsored School) in 1896.[4]

On Station Road, a large Blériot aircraft factory was built in 1917. The several hundred aeroplanes produced there were taken by road to Brooklands for final assembly and test flying.[8] In the 1950s the site was taken over by Weymann to build buses and coaches who built the prototype of the Routemaster bus before ceasing trade in the mid-1960s. After that, part of the site was used by Caddy's who built taxis. In early 1967, Plessey moved from Chessington and took over this factory. In 1990, the site was used by Marconi. All these companies were important local employers. By 2000 the site was derelict and has since been cleared and redeveloped as a business park called Aviator Park, the name referring to its original use.[8]

Elevation, soil and geology

The Bourne to the east of Addlestone forms part of the lower watercourse of the Windle Brook and Lightwater

Elevations range between 40m and 11m. The maximum is on Row Hill recreation ground, Row Town, Addlestone; a ridge that continues to the northwest of Row Town where it is known as Ongar/Spinney Hill, where Great Grove Farm in its centre also reaches this height; the minimum is by the Thames and along the Woburn Park Stream which is the main distributary of The Bourne the main waterway of the village, a stream rising as the Windle Brook in Windlesham cutting a shallow ravine, flowing past the McLaren Technology Centre and Woodham then passing to the east of the village.[3]

Eminences of the Bagshot Sand stand out above the river most notably the western hills mentioned and Woburn Hill which is 25m AOD compared to St Ann's Hill, Chertsey's 61m however is part of the landscape critical to Woburn Park and the private gardens of Woburn Hill.[3][4]

Major climate changes in Britain causing sea level changes in the last 2.58 million years, with mini Ice Ages, the ice sheets did not extend to Surrey but sand and gravel deposits swept towards the fledgling River Thames were spread in all lower parts. Gravel terraces at various heights on the valley sides are the remnants of successive floodplains, the highest terrace being the oldest and the lowest the youngest. The most prominent terraces mark the former levels of the Thames in north Surrey. Along tributary slopes, a deposit, head (geology), forms the main sediment of latest age. Head comprises angular pieces of rock and soil derived locally from the extensive frost-shattering of rocks and the subsequent movement of this material down valley slopes.[9]

Soil is predominantly "loamy soil with naturally high groundwater".[10] Woburn Hill has "slowly permeable seasonally wet slightly acid but base-rich loamy and clayey soil". New Haw, the southern part of the Addlestone post town and historically a part has "freely draining slightly acid loamy soils"; so does Great Grove Farm.[10] West of the M25 as far as the centre of Ottershaw is a belt of "slightly acid loamy and clayey soils with impeded drainage" soil.[10]


There are two secondary schools in Addlestone: independently funded which relocated from Croydon to Woburn Park in 1884.[4] All non-junior parts of the school are close to the Weybridge border in the Addlestone.[11]

A range of primary and infant schools are in Addlestone which include St Paul's C of E Primary School, Ongar Place, Sayes Court, The Holy Family Catholic Primary School and Darley Dene infant school. A few nurseries also serve the wider-area community.


The George Inn

Heading north from the town, towards the Addlestonemoor five-way, two-lane roundabout is a Grade II [12] almost opposite which are another listed building split into two houses: nos 114-116 Chertsey Road, early 19th century, slate-roofed houses with sash windows.[13] This Inn is a Tudor Period building with 18th century and later alterations and has three gables facing the road.[12]

Woburn Hill

Woburn Hill is a large house built in 1815 spread over three storeys, that features a moulded cornice and fluted Greek Doric columns to its porch with an iron balustrade above it forming a balcony in front of a central window of the floor above.[4][14]


Typical Houses of Row Hill

Rowhill or Row Hill

Row Hill forms a residential estate with shops of a butcher, baker and electrical appliance store that is contiguous with Addlestone to its west.[15] These shops are on Ongar Hill not Row Hill and hence the name Ongar Parade, also known locally as "Top shops" due to being at the top of Row Town.

Addlestone Moor

Addlestone Moor has a public house, now closed 08/2013, now a Day Nursery, flood meadows, a sports pitch and a mobile home park.[3] Its roundabout marks on the closer side of town has five exits and is used for motorway access from primarily Addlestone, Weybridge, Shepperton, Laleham and Chertsey.


Abbey Rangers F.C. is located in Addlestone Moor, on the Thames winter flood meadows (prior to the construction of the Surrey Elite Intermediate League.

Addlestone & Weybridge Town FC were established as Addlestone Town in 1885 and played until their dissolution in 1985.[16]

Addlestone Victory Park Bowls Club was formed in 1931 and has played at the facilities maintained by Runnymede Borough Council since then. The club offers both indoor and outdoor short mat bowling facilities to members of all ages and levels of experience.

Economy, culture and community

Addlestone is mentioned in H.G Wells' book The War of the Worlds, in which the second of ten Martian invasion ships (called 'cylinders') lands at the Addlestone Golf Links, now generally called more simply Abbey Moor Golf Club.

Addlestone Library is co-located with Runnymede Borough Council and Addlestone Police in the Runnymede Civic Centre, set in an award winning building on Station Road, opposite Addlestone Health Centre.

Its main road is Station Road which has many shops, two supermarkets, Addlestone Methodist Church, a doctors' NHS surgery, the Aviator business park and the Eileen Tozer Day Centre; the civic centre of Runnymede borough council is on this street.[17]

Station Road hosts a 2011-completed business (office) estate, Aviator Park, in glass and steel which has landscaped verges with trees, shrubs and grass.[18]

The UK headquarters of multinational defence company Thales Group is located in the town.[19]


Addlestone Station


Station Road joins into surrounding A-roads in all directions, including non-principal "Brighton Road" which has since become superseded by the motorway network and other north-south roads, the A319 that links in towards routes to Berkshire and the A320 road that is convenient for closer areas of Thames Valley corridor, and the A318 to Brooklands with its museum, luxury hotel and retail park and the A3 road Painshill interchange between Hersham and Cobham towards London.


Addlestone railway station is on the Chertsey Branch Line from Weybridge from where rapid national services can be caught on the South West Main Line. A journey time of 47 minutes to London Waterloo station with one change is achievable or 81 minutes with no changes via Staines upon Thames, Feltham, Hounslow, Chiswick and Putney.[20]


Addlestone has four principal bus services. An hourly service to Slough via Staines upon Thames and Windsor and in the other direction to the Brooklands retail park operates: bus 51:[21]
Other services with more than one bus per hour are buses 446 and 459 to Kingston upon Thames and bus 446 between Woking and Staines upon Thames.[22]

River navigation

The Wey Navigation canal runs to the south east of the town. Coxes Lock is the deepest unmanned lock on the Navigation with a fall of 8 feet 6 inches (2.59 m).

Nearest settlements

Notes and references

  1. ^ This division was simply called a parish before coming of civil parishes the 19th century
  2. ^ Per Malden: in 1911 the "seat of" Henry Cobbett, in 1911.
  3. ^ In 1828 £3,330 was paid for the "manor [title] and other crown lands" finally being divided into auction lots on the bankruptcy of James Goren in 1834.[4]
  4. ^ Woburn Park's actual park as mentioned forms the grounds of St George's College, open by appointment and on visitor days and is separately Grade II listed:  
  1. ^ a b Key Statistics; Quick Statistics: Population Density United Kingdom Census 2011 Office for National Statistics Retrieved 31 October 2014
  2. ^ a b Surrey County Council collated census statistics, major settlements
  3. ^ a b c d Ordnance Survey map, courtesy of English Heritage
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j H.E. Malden (editor) (1911). "Parishes: Chertsey". A History of the County of Surrey: Volume 3. Institute of Historical Research. Retrieved 13 November 2012. 
  5. ^ Addlestone Tourist Information
  6. ^ Philip Southcote School about the grounds shared with the College
  7. ^ Woburn Park (house)  
  8. ^ a b Addlestone Historical Society
  9. ^ Natural England - Geodiversity
  10. ^ a b c Cranfield University National Soil Resources Institute
  11. ^ St George's College
  12. ^ a b The George Inn  
  13. ^ 114-116 Chertsey Road  
  14. ^ Woburn Hill  
  15. ^ File:Rowhill shops - butcher, baker, electrical appliance centre - - 171643.jpg
  16. ^ Official match programme for the last ever AWTFC game – Sat 27 April 1985.
  17. ^ Runnymede B.C. website
  18. ^ Aviator Park
  19. ^ Thales Group - Addresses
  20. ^ Association of Train Operating Companies official timetable
  21. ^
  22. ^ Surrey County Council travel information

External links

  • Addlestone Historical Society
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