Oxshott: Surrey village life
PUBLISHED: 09:51 24 April 2013 | UPDATED: 09:51 24 April 2013
One of Britain's most expensive villages and home to a plethora of sporting stars, from Andy Murray to John Terry, Oxshott is ideally placed for those escaping London
Words and photography: Pete Gardner
“I came to Oxshott over 22 years ago,” says Rev Jeremy Cresswell, vicar of St Andrew’s church in Oxshott. Looking for a bigger challenge, Jeremy decided the village was perfectly placed for commuting to London. These transport links are important to Jeremy as he teaches ethics at Royal Holloway and serves on the Ethical Review Board of QinetiQ in Farnborough. “Oxshott Heath provides a welcome place for dog walking or an amble through woodland.”
Did you know?
The village name has nothing to do with oxen – in fact, if anything, the closest link Oxshott has to animals is an ancient record dating back to the 12th century when the area was described as being a hamlet of around 200 people earning their living from pig farming…
Did you know 2?
As a complete contrast, present day Oxshott is home to numerous Premier League footballers – mainly Chelsea players who are within handy reach of the training ground at Stoke d’Abernon, near Cobham – as well as high flying business types and media personalities. Houses don’t come cheap round here, however, with property prices among the highest in the country outside London.
Date for your diary…
Oxshott Village Day takes place on Bank Holiday Monday May 6, 11am to 5pm, at Oxshott Village Sports Club. Expect a hog-roast, fun-fair, music, classic cars and much, much more.
Grab a bite…
Offering mouthwatering food and drink, with a veranda perfect for enjoying warmer days, The Bear (01372 842747) can be found on Leatherhead Road. Meanwhile, The Victoria (01372 843562), right in the heart of the village, has taken a different direction with the Kwan Thai restaurant forming part of the pub.
Something to take home…
Describing themselves as ‘traditional butchery with modern twists’, Surrey Hills Butchers (01372 844890) on the High Street can load your shopping bag with meaty creations, such as chicken orbs, crown of lamb and English Hereford wing rib – this last one described as The Premiership of Beef (are we talking Chelsea footballers again?).
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