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Coordinates: 51°21′39″N 0°41′54″W / 51.3607°N 0.6982°W / 51.3607; -0.6982

Bagshot
Bagshot in 2005.jpg
Bagshot is located in Surrey
Bagshot

 Bagshot shown within Surrey
Population 5,365 [1]
OS grid reference SU907632
District Surrey Heath
Shire county Surrey
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Bagshot
Postcode district GU19
Dialling code 01276
Police Surrey
Fire Surrey
Ambulance South East Coast
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament Surrey Heath
List of places: UK • England • Surrey

Bagshot is a small town in southeastern England. It is situated in the northwest corner of Surrey within the county's Surrey Heath council district, near the border with Berkshire, and is also in the diocese of Guildford. In the past Bagshot served as an important staging post between London, Southampton and the West Country, evidence of this can been seen in some of the original coaching inns that are still there today.

The town is situated 43 km / 27 miles southwest of London, adjacent to junction 3 of the M3 motorway and on the A30 road, between Camberley and Sunningdale. Much of the surrounding land is owned by the Ministry of Defence and is part of Windsor Great Park, the area is in the Green Belt that surrounds London. It is served by Bagshot railway station.

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History

An 1890 map of the Windlesham Parish area

Recent excavations have shown that first occupants of Bagshot date back as far as pre-Roman, before these excavations it was thought that the earliest settlements in Bagshot were late Saxon. Late Bronze Age settlements have been identified in the area, and iron smelting appears to have been a major 'industry' in the locality. Bagshot has had a Royal hunting lodge certainly through Stuart and Tudor times, now called Bagshot Park and is now the residence of Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex.

In Elizabethan times (late 16th century) Bagshot prospered due to its position on the main London to the West Country road (The Great West Road, now classified as the A30). As with many villages on main coaching routes inns developed to provide services to the stagecoach passengers, and stables to provide the coaches with fresh horses. The prosperity of the Great West Road created its share of highwaymen, one of the most notorious being William Davis, a local farmer who lived near what known local as the Jolly Farmer roundabout. He was eventually caught at the White Hart Inn in Bagshot and hanged. Not one to avoid suspicion he always paid his debts in gold! It was after him that the pub was called the Golden Farmer.

Churches

Bagshot has five churches: Church of England (St. Anne's); Roman Catholic (Christ the King); Methodist, Evangelical (Brook Church) and Jehovah's Witnesses.

St Anne's Church is 120 years old[2] and was built in a neo-gothic style under the patronage of Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught[3] who lived in the nearby Bagshot Park. It is a red brick building in red brick with stone detail under a slate roof. There is a bell tower with a peal of eight bells. It is a grade II listed building and is situated in a conservation area.

Sport and leisure

Bagshot has two multi-purpose sports fields and a cricket field.

Curley Park Rangers, the youth football club, meet regularly and play on pitches in both Lightwater and Bagshot. The CPR clubhouse is located at the Bagshot pitch.

White Hart Royals, the football team of the White Hart pub in Bagshot village, compete in the Camberley & District Sunday Football League.

Bagshot Cricket Club runs a number of adult and under 16 teams and complete in the Thames Valley League, the Three Counties League and the West Surrey Youth League.

Bagshot Tennis Club has four floodlit courts and fields teams in the Woking League.

Swinley Forest, which borders Bagshot to the north, provides some of the best mountain biking in South-East England, with many off-road 'single-track' trails available as well as plenty of fire roads. Mountain biking is permitted with a permit and walking is free. Swinley Woods was considered as a venue for the mountain biking event of the 2012 Summer Olympics.

Other clubs and organisations include Bagshot Concert Band, the Surrey Heath Archaeology and Heritage Trust, Bagshot Gymnastics Club, Camberley and Bagshot Metal Detecting Club and local branches of the Scouts, Royal Air Forces Association and Women's Institute. It is also a short distance from The National Clay Shooting Centre and the Bisley shooting ranges.

Bagshot library is situated on the High Street and in addition to the usual library services provides Story and 'Rhymetimes' for the local toddler community.

Today

Advertising for a local Mexican restaurant.

Pennyhill Park Hotel located at the far western edge of Bagshot is where the England rugby team train[4]. Bagshot Park, home of Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex is located on the northern edge of the town. The A30 leaving Bagshot to the southwest for Camberley has a large roundabout on it called the Jolly Farmer after a public house that used to stand in its centre.

The local borough, Surrey Heath, is mainly a Conservative area and it has held a Conservative council for the past 50 years. Bagshot itself is, however, represented by two Liberal Democrat and one Conservative borough councillors.

Bagshot is working (2009/2010) on a Village Plan[5]. The Bagshot Village Plan aims to pull together the people of Bagshot's collected hopes and concerns for the community and to set out a plan for making Bagshot an even better place to live and work.

Commerce

Some large companies are based in Bagshot, including Steljes and the Wooldridge Group.

Bagshot Bank Protest

Bagshot bank protest 7 March 2009

On 7 March 2009 over 200 protestors demonstrated outside the Bagshot branch of Nationwide Building Society, the town's only bank or building society, following the announcement by Nationwide that the branch will close on 22 May 2009 at 3pm[6][7].

In attendance were Michael Gove MP, the Mayor and a number of councillors. Ms Carpenter, proprietor of the Bagshot Village Cafe spoke of the vital importance of the Bagshot branch of Nationwide to the town, pointing out that a sizable proportion of residents are reliant on the branch for their financial needs as they are unable to easily travel to neighbouring villages. She spoke too of the importance of the branch to the town's economy as shoppers rely on the Nationwide cash point (the only one on the high street) and shops rely on the branch for banking their daily takings. The speech was loudly applauded.

The protest continued for approaching an hour with numbers swelling continually. Signatures were gathered on a petition to Nationwide calling for a reversal of the decision[8], however it closed Saturday 6 June.

References

  1. ^ Census data
  2. ^ St Anne's Church
  3. ^ Bagshot Park
  4. ^ England rugby team train at Pennyhill Park
  5. ^ Bagshot Village Plan
  6. ^ Local press coverage of the 7 March 2009 protest
  7. ^ National press coverage of the 7 March 2009 protest
  8. ^ Petition against the closure of the Bagshot brach of Nationwide

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