Weybridge town guide 2015
PUBLISHED: 16:45 18 September 2015 | UPDATED: 17:15 18 September 2015
With the birthplace of motorsport and one of the country's most affluent gated estates on the doorstep, the town of Weybridge has long provided an escape from city madness for the rich and famous
Originally published in A Celebration of Surrey Life
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1 In 1911, Surrey master-builder WG Tarrant bought 964 acres of land on St George’s Hill and set about planning his ideal residential estate, where wealthy professionals and captains of industry could enjoy peace and privacy in surroundings of natural beauty. His vision lives on today.
2 For four years in the mid-1960s, bohemia came to Weybridge as John Lennon moved to St George’s Hill. He lived there during what was arguably the most important time in his career: writing the songs for Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, playing Shea Stadium in New York to 60,000 screaming fans, starting Apple Corps and ultimately meeting Yoko Ono.
3 Famous for its collection of motoring and aviation history, Brooklands Museum was the world’s first purpose-built motor racing circuit when it was constructed in 1907. As well as its historic collection, it is the proud owner of the world’s only Concorde flight simulator open to the public.
4 Established as a hotel in 1856, Oatlands Park is steeped in royal history. Built near the site of one of Henry VIII’s palaces, the mansion stands among groves of cedar trees, one of which was planted by Charles I.
5 The York Column on Monument Green was erected by public subscription in 1822 in memory of the Duchess of York who had died in 1820 having spent much of her married life at Oatlands. She was a popular local benefactress following her marriage to the Duke in 1791 and was buried in Weybridge Old Church.
6 It’s said that Weybridge became the first village (as it was then) in England to be wholly lit by electricity in 1890 - but because the overhead lines were not popular, the local authority decided to go over to gas.
7 Take a wander down Bridge Road, where you’ll find Weybridge Town Lock. Opened in 1653, this particular lock is at the end of the longest man-made section of the River Wey Navigation.
8 Nearby, you’ll find Coxes Lock, where the last commercially operated mill on the Wey was open until 1983. It’s now converted apartments.
9 Jump in the boat (or car) and head in the direction of Walton-on-Thames along the river and you’ll find the impressive £32m Walton Bridge, which links the town with Shepperton on the opposite bank.
10 Speaking of Shepperton, that’s where you’ll find the world-famous studios where blockbuster movies have been produced for over 80 years. Recent productions have included Disney’s Alice In Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass with Johnny Depp. So, another reason the stars flock to the Weybridge area.
A pocket guide:
Drink at: Try The Minnow near the river or The Hand and Spear near the station.
Eat at: You’re spoilt for choice to be honest, but The Tree House offers something a little different.
Stay at: Head to the birthplace of motor racing, where you’ll find the lavish Brooklands Hotel.