Addlestone ~ Surrey Life towns and villages
PUBLISHED: 13:29 12 September 2012 | UPDATED: 18:23 20 February 2013
Split by the M25, Addlestone may not quite have the glamour of the neighbouring Weybridges and Eshers of this world but Queen Elizabeth I once saw fit to picnic beneath the town's famous Crouch Oak - well, so the story goes.
Originally published in Surrey Life towns & villages August 2011
Split by the M25, Addlestone may not quite have the glamour of the neighbouring Weybridges and Eshers of this world but Queen Elizabeth I once saw fit to picnic beneath the towns famous Crouch Oak well, so the story goes. Historic connections to the aviation industry prevail and Brooklands is on the doorstep
Photo: Rachael Talibart
Did you know?
Dig for victory...
Between 1919 and 1927, Constantine Doresa chaired a panel of trustees that oversaw the design and funding of the Victory Park war memorial. A City trader, he generously loaned and later gifted the funds that enabled the land for the park to be purchased. Doresa Close in Addlestone celebrates his contribution to the town.
From little acorns
Standing, not surprisingly, in Crouch Oak Lane near the town centre, the Crouch Oak is believed to date back to the 11th century. It once marked the boundary to Windsor Forest and the area is reputed to have played host to Queen Elizabeth I, who is said to have stopped by for a picnic.
The first aviator to cross the English Channel, Louis Bleriot, is connected with Addlestone. In 1917, he set up an aircraft factory in Station Road. Today the site is now a business trading estate known as Aviator Park.
What a liberty
When the M25 was built, it cut parts of the town in half; one example being Liberty Lane. One side is now Liberty Rise, the other still Liberty Lane.
While youre there...
Most noted for...
Addlestone Historical Societys town trail (found at www.addlestonehistory.net), which takes you past a number of the sites and stories mentioned here.
...Crockford Bridge farm shop and its pick-your-own goodies. Nearby is the tranquil Coxes Lock (pictured above) and a mill converted into flats.
Mystica (01932 841682) on Station Road is a very highly rated Indian.
The Crouch Oak (01932 842562) is keeping the famous tree alive.
A short drive away at the historic Brooklands racing circuit, youll find the luxurious Brooklands Hotel (01932 335700)
Move there for
And get: A three-bedroom family home with off-street parking.
Footballers Wives star Susie Amy is a client of The Studio beauty salon.
Located just off the M25 with a station on the line from Weybridge to Waterloo.