infobox UK place
country = England
population = 19,463
region= South East England
constituency_westminster= Runnymede and Weybridge
Weybridge is a town in the
Elmbridgedistrict of Surreyin South East England. It is bounded to the north by the River Thamesat the mouth of the River Wey, from which it gets its name. It is a suburb in the London commuter belt, and the some of the housing is expensive: as of 2008, six of the ten most expensive streets in South East England(defined as the official government region, which excludes Greater London) were in Weybridge. [ [http://property.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/property/article3393018.ece The most expensive streets in the South East, 2008] , " The Times", 19 February2008.]
Weybridge is made up of a number of distinct areas: town centre shopping area, Monument Hill / Queens Road shopping area,
St George's Hill, Brooklandsand Oatlands Village.
Weybridge appears in
Domesday Bookof 1086 as "Webrige" and "Webruge". It was held partly by Chertsey Abbey; partly by an Englishman from the abbey; and partly by Herfrid from the Bishop of Bayeux. Its domesday assets were: 6 hides; 1½ ploughs, 32 acres of meadow, wood worth 9 hogs. It rendered £4. [ [http://www.gwp.enta.net/surrnames.htm Surrey Domesday Book] ]
The early history of Weybridge was simply as a river crossing. In
1537it became the location of Oatlands Palace built by Henry VIII, which was where he married his 5th wife Katherine Howard. When it was demolished in 1650, bricks from its walls helped to line the then new Wey Navigationcanal. Part of the original site of the Palace is now occupied by Oatlands Park Hotel.
At the bottom of Monument Hill, close to the town centre is a monument to the Duchess of York, erected by public subscription in 1820 from the remains of the original
Seven DialsMonument that stood in St.Martin's Lane London until 1773.
entomologist, Horace Donisthorpe, visited Weybridge Heath to investigate the antcolony.
The world's first leisure campsite was set up near Weybridge in 1901 and was part of the early history of the camping and caravanning cub.
When the London and Southampton Railway opened its station here in 1838, development of what was only a village began. Large houses were built on St George's Hill; and gradually Weybridge became a town.
Weybridge heath, many rare species of insects (particularly ants), rare birdsand insectivorous plantformerly occurred. The heath was allowed to become vastly overgrown in recent years, but recently Surrey Wildlife Trustinvoked a scrub clearance plan in an attempt to restore this valuable habitat.
Weybridge is the British headquarters of
SonyCorporation, Procter & Gamble, and Gallahers Tobacco and also ToshibaInformation Systems headquarters is very close by.
Veterinary Laboratories Agency, an executive agency of DEFRA, has its central laboratories located near Weybridge. The laboratory is notable as being one of the principal test centres for the H5N1virus, commonly known as Bird Flu.
H. G. Wells' book "The War of the Worlds", Weybridge was the location of a battle in which a Martianfighting machine was destroyed. The title of chapter 12 the book is: "What I saw in the destruction of Weybridge and Shepperton".
Two schools for 11-18-year-olds serve Weybridge,
Heathside Schooland 6th Form Centre in the town itself and St George's College in nearby Addlestone. There is also Brooklands College, for sixth form students in further education.
At the top of Monument Hill, adjacent to the cricket green is a
World War Iwar memorial.
Weybridge also has a variety of sports clubs including the Weybridge Vandals Rugby club, Elmbridge Canoe Club, Weybridge Bowls Club,
Weybridge Rowing Cluband Weybridge Cricket Club, all serving the area for many years. Addlestone & Weybridge Town F.C.was the main football club in Weybridge until becoming defunct in 1985, however there are several amateur teams in the local area.
Nina Bawdenlived in Weybridge in the 1960's and 70's - her famous book Carrie's Warwas written at her house in Hanger Hill - now demolished along with the private school 'Wallop School'
E.M. Forsterwrote his most famed book, Howards End, in Weybridge between 1908 and 1910.
Sheppertoncan be seen the other side of the Thames
Brooklands race circuit
The famous former
BrooklandsAerodrome and Race Circuit is located near West Byfleet. It is now the location for the Brooklands Museum. The brainchild of Hugh Locke-King, it was opened on June 17, 1907 and was the first custom-built motor race circuit in the world. It was the first ever oval style race track built for cars. Requirements of speed and spectator visibility led to the track being built
* [http://www.elmbridge-online.co.uk/weybridge/history.html History of Weybridge]
* [http://www.allaboutweybridge.co.uk/aaw/monument_green_York_history.htm The York Column Monument and Monument Green History]
* [http://www.weyriver.co.uk/theriver The River Wey and Wey Navigations Community Site]
* [http://www.surreyproperty.com/weybridge-aerial-photographs.html Aerial photographs of Weybridge]
* [http://www.weybridgeonline.co.uk/ Weybridge News & Mail]
* [http://www.surreycc.gov.uk/sccwebsite/sccwspublications.nsf/591f7dda55aad72a80256c670041a50d/1c602ea59c869c9180256e600054b26c/$FILE/Town%20populations.pdf Population figures (PDF)]
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