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Chessington ~ Surrey towns and villages

PUBLISHED: 13:31 12 September 2012 | UPDATED: 18:23 20 February 2013

Chessington ~ Surrey towns and villages

Chessington ~ Surrey towns and villages

On the site of a mansion that was once a royalist stronghold and subsequently razed to the ground by Oliver Cromwell, Chessington World of Adventures theme park brings thrills to the town.

Originally published in Surrey Life towns & villages August 2011


On the site of a mansion that was once a royalist stronghold and subsequently razed to the ground by Oliver Cromwell, Chessington World of Adventures theme park brings thrills to the town. Child-friendly links are only strengthened by the blue plaque at 207 Hook Road, which commemorates Enid Blytons time living there


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Did you know?


The winning formula...
A site in Chessington, now operated by Formula 3 team Carlin, was once home to the Brabham Formula 1 team. It was the place from where then team boss Bernie Ecclestone and star designer Gordon Murray launched Nelson Piquets successful challenges for the 1981 and 1983 Formula 1 drivers championships, and built race-winning F1 cars for the likes of Niki Lauda.


Doctor Doolittle...
History states that entrepreneur Reginald Goddard, a flight lieutenant in the Great War, was driving past what is now the Chessington World of Adventures site when he saw the house and land for sale. He had been looking for a place to house and show off his collection of exotic animals to the public and opened Chessington Zoo there in 1931.


Once a country village...
Chessingtons proximity to London and Kingston has resulted in its once rural village status disappearing completely.


Long gone...
Chessington Hall, a 16th century country house owned by Samuel Crisp, a close friend of Fanny Burney, the novelist, was sadly demolished and the site is now a housing estate.


While youre there...


Most noted for...
Enid Blyton, creator of the Famous Five and Noddy, taught in the area for five years, before launching her career as an author. Her old house at Hook Road is marked with a blue plaque.


Visit
...Britains wildest adventure at Chessington World of Adventures for their sea life centre, zoo and safari.


Eat at...
The Shy Horse (01372 738051) is a country pub and restaurant.


Drink at...
The Bonesgate (0208 391 8996) is a local community pub on Moor Lane.


Stay at...
The Holiday Inn (0844 318 8234) offers family breaks with animal meet and greets. The hotel is designed around a safari theme.


Move there for


340,000
And get: A four-bedroom semi-detached house in a quiet cul-de-sac with a large rear garden.


Famous neighbours?
Oxshott is just down the road.


Getting there...
Chessington is situated close to the A3 and M25, junctions 9 or 10. Regular service from London to station.

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