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Addlestone -Surrey Life Towns & Villages 2013

PUBLISHED: 11:05 17 September 2013 | UPDATED: 11:05 17 September 2013

Addlestone

Addlestone

Stephen Darlington

A town with French connections, Addlestone has highly exclusive neighbours with Weybridge and Esher next door

An ancient icon

It’s a bit hard to visualise it now, as it stands on a verge surrounded by residential roads, but Addletone’s ancient Crouch Oak is said to have once shaded Queen Elizabeth I as she picnicked below.

Zut alors!

The first aviator to cross the English Channel, Louis Bleriot is also connected with the town. In 1917, he set up an aircraft factory in Station Road. Today, the site is a business trading estate known as Aviator Park. In another French connection, classic novelist Emile Zola lived here briefly in 1898. He resided at Summerfields on Spinney Hill, which is still there, although the large garden has now become Summerfields Close. Zola had been given a prison sentence by the French after publishing his J’accuse defence of Dreyfus, but escaped to England to avoid imprisonment.

The iron age

The imposing Coxes Lock Mill was the last commercially operated mill on the Wey Navigation when it closed in 1983. The former iron mill is now luxury apartments.

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Visit…

Crockford Bridge (01932 853886) farm shop is a haven for pick-your-own goodies. As well as most of the things you might expect, they also have a comprehensive range of American Goodies, not often found elsewhere.

Eat at...

Mystica

(01932 841682) on Station Road is a very highly rated Indian restaurant.

Drink at...

With a new look for 2013, The White Hart (01932 842927) has a charming garden on the banks of the Wey Navigation.

Stay at...

A short drive away at the historic Brooklands racing circuit, you’ll find the luxurious Brooklands Hotel (01932 335700)

Getting there…

Located just off the M25, Addlestone has tone has tone has tone has a station on the Weybridge to Waterloo line.

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