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For the municipality in Quebec see Chertsey, Quebec

Coordinates: 51°23′25″N 0°30′27″W / 51.3902°N 0.5074°W / 51.3902; -0.5074

Chertsey
Chertrsey Road2.jpg
Pyrcroft Road (Business District)
Chertsey is located in Surrey
Chertsey

 Chertsey shown within Surrey
Population 15,967 [1]
OS grid reference TQ039667
District Runnymede
Shire county Surrey
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town CHERTSEY
Postcode district KT16
Dialling code 01932
Police Surrey
Fire Surrey
Ambulance South East Coast
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament Runnymede and Weybridge
List of places: UK • England • Surrey

Chertsey is a town in Surrey, England, on the River Thames and its tributary rivers such as the River Bourne. It can be accessed by road from junction 11 of the M25 London orbital motorway. It shares borders with Staines, Laleham, Shepperton, Addlestone, Woking, Thorpe and Egham. It lies within the Godley hundred, some 29 km (18 mi) southwest of central London, close to the M3 and the M25.

The town is served by Chertsey railway station. It is located on the Chertsey branch of the Waterloo to Reading Line which is operated by South West Trains.

The entrance and car parks to Thorpe Park are in Chertsey, although parts of the theme park, including some rides, are actually in Egham. As the entrance is in Staines Road, Chertsey, the address of the park is therefore Chertsey.

Elevation is generally low at 14 m (46 ft) in the High Street and 11 m (36 ft) on the River Thames where the Boat House and Kingfisher restaurants are located, making this the lowest place in Chertsey. The highest point is St. Anne's Hill in the forest, which peaks at 76 m (249 ft), making it the second highest point in Runnymede.

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History

Chertsey is one of the oldest towns in England. It grew around Chertsey Abbey, founded in 666 A.D by Eorcenwald, Bishop of London.

In the 9th century it was sacked by the Danes and refounded from Abingdon Abbey by King Edgar of England in 964.

Chertsey appears in the Domesday Book as Certesi. It was held partly by Chertsey Abbey and partly by Richard Sturmid from the abbey. Its Domesday assets were: 5 hides, 1 mill and 1 forge at the hall, 20 ploughs, 80 hectares of meadow, woodland worth 50 hogs. It rendered £22.[2]

The Abbey grew to become one of the largest Benedictine abbeys in England, supported by large fiefs in the northwest corner of Sussex until it was dissolved by Henry VIII in 1536. The King took stone from the Abbey to construct his palace at Oatlands; the villagers also used stone for raising the streets. By the late 17th century, only some outer walls of the Abbey remained.

Today the history of the abbey is reflected in local place names and the fishponds that still fill with water after heavy rain.

The eighteenth-century Chertsey Bridge[3] provides an important cross-river link, and Chertsey Lock is a short distance above it on the opposite side. On the south west corner of the bridge is a bronze statue of local heroine Blanche Heriot by Sheila Mitchell, F.R.B.S[4]

In the 18th century Chertsey Cricket Club was one of the strongest in the country[5] and beat the rest of England (excluding Hampshire) by more than an innings in 1778. The Duke of Dorset, (who played cricket for Chertsey), was appointed Ambassador to France in 1784. He arranged to have the Chertsey cricket team travel to France in 1789 to introduce cricket to the French nobility. However, the team, on arriving at Dover, met the Ambassador returning from France at the outset of the French Revolution and the opportunity was missed.

Chertsey Regatta has been held on the river for over 150 years.

Chertsey Bridge
The level crossing at Chertsey, as the barriers rise

Chertsey was the home of Charles James Fox, who had wished to be buried there but was not. Its population is now 15,967.

Museum

Chertsey has an admission-free museum on Windsor Street, which provides considerable information about the history of Chertsey.[6] The Black Cherry Fair is an annual event which the Museum hosts. It includes live music and refreshments in the museum garden.

Education

Schools in Chertsey include;

  • St Anne's Roman Catholic primary school
  • Salesian Catholic Secondary School (split site)
  • Pyrcroft Grange Primary (former split site)
  • Stepgates Community School
  • Sir William Perkins's School, independent girls' school
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Salesian Schools

The Salesian School has been located in Chertsey since the 1920s. The school has a sixth form. The original site is in Highfield Road; it contains the former boarding school where pupils once lived during term. The newer site is located in Guildford Road. It serves around 1,200 pupils. The school successfully merged the two sites at the beginning of the year starting in September 2008; years 7 - 11 are at Guildford road and years 12 - 13 are at the former sixth-form site in Highfield Road. The school has introduced a new timetable with 5 modules a day. It is still not clear whether the school will keep the original site.[citation needed]

Religion

Chertsey is mostly Catholic[citation needed] with three Schools, a Church and a youth club all under the Catholic banner. There is also an Anglican church, a Community Church Hall and a Jehovah's Witnesses Hall.

Notable residents

The Old Town Hall
  • The Chertsey troop of the Berkshire Yeomanry have occupied the Drill Hall on Drill Hall road since 1977. The unit has close ties with the borough and was granted the freedom of Runnymede in 2009. The Drill Hall will close at the end of March 2010 and the troop will be forced to return to Windsor, as part of the severe cuts suffered by the Territorial Army in 2009-2010.
  • Lord Brabazon of Tara, Britain's first licenced pilot, lived at 'Grangewood', Longcross near Chertsey in the early 1950s.
  • Justin Hawkins, former lead singer of The Darkness rock group, singer-songwriter.
  • Musician Doug Walker and England cricketer Ashley Giles were born in Chertsey in the 1970s.
  • Keith Moon, drummer with rock band The Who, lived in the town in that decade.[7]
  • Vivian Stanshall and his wife Ki Longfellow lived on a houseboat moored on the Thames beginning in 1977. Their daughter, Silky Cyme Longfellow-Stanshall was born in Chertsey's St Peter's Hospital in 1979.
  • England and West Ham United footballer Robert Green was born in Chertsey in 1980.
  • Chesney Hawkes also lives in Chertsey with his wife and two children.
  • Steve Rushton from pop band Son of Dork with James Bourne, was born in Chertsey; he now lives in L.A and works as a singer/songwriter for Disney.
  • English glamour model Charmaine Sinclair is originally from Chertsey.

Chertsey in literature

  • In William Shakespeare's Richard III, Act I, Scene 2, Chertsey is mentioned as the burial place of Henry VI. Lady Anne says, 'Come now towards Chertsey with your holy load'.
  • Abraham Cowley, the 17th Century English poet, lived in Chertsey after his return from exile. The Abraham Cowley Mental Health Unit of St Peter's Hospital was named in his honour.
  • After his father's death, the future novelist Thomas Love Peacock and his mother lived with her father Thomas Love in Gogmoor Hall, Chertsey, for about twelve years.
  • Charles Dickens visited Chertsey to make notes for his novel Oliver Twist (1838), in which Oliver is forced by Bill Sikes to take part in the attempted burglary of a house in Chertsey.
  • Albert Smith, born in Chertsey in 1816, wrote the play Blanche Heriot, or The Chertsey Curfew (1842) and the short story "Blanche Heriot: A Legend of Old Chertsey Church" (1843).
  • John Maddison Morton was living in Chertsey when he wrote Box and Cox (1847), which The New York Times in 1891 called "the best farce of the nineteenth century".
  • The poem "Curfew Must Not Ring Tonight", written in 1867 by the American poet Rose Hartwick Thorpe, was also based on the legend of the Chertsey heroine Blanche Heriot.
  • In H.G Wells's book The War of the Worlds, Chertsey was destroyed by attacking Martian fighting-machines in the early afternoon of 8 June 1902.
  • Antony Trew, decorated naval officer and author of seventeen novels and a volume of short stories, resided in Surrey for many years and died in Chertsey in 1996.!

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References

  1. ^ Census data
  2. ^ Surrey Domesday Book
  3. ^ Chertsey Bridge
  4. ^ Statue of Blanche Heriot
  5. ^ History of Chertsey Cricket Club
  6. ^ Chertsey Museum
  7. ^ Rock's Back Pages

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Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

Chertsey is a town in Surrey.

Chertsey was founded in / 666 / A.D therefore making it one of the oldest towns in England.

Get in

By plane

Heathrow airport is nearby (with low traffic, it is possible to get there in about / 16 / minutes).

By train

Chertsey train station is near the centre of the town but it's not on the mainline so it will be slow and you'll have to change trains most of the time.

By car

There are many ways to get in Chertsey, the main ways in are:

Via Chertsey Bridge

Via Thorpe Park

Via the M25

By bus

There are frequent buses to and from Chertsey.

By boat

The Thames is quite wide at the Chertsey stage but you cannot rent a boat at Chertsey.

Get around

There is one taxi service next door to the station.

There are many roads in Chertsey transporting. Driving is reasonably safe in Chertsey. Many people do get confused at the junction in the town centre near the Microsoft building with all the traffic lights.

Religion

Chertsey is mostly Catholic with three Catholic Schools, one Catholic Church, and one Catholic youth club for teenagers.

There is an Anglican Church, a Community Church hall and a Jehovas Witnesses Hall.

See

Chertsey has a lot of history involved, for more information go to the Chertsey Museum or you can visit the Chertsey Abbey, which is just down the road from the museum.

Because Chertsey is near to Heathrow, just after the planes take off they go right over Chertsey so you'll be able to see the planes pass by, the noise can get quite loud but generally it's not a problem.

Do

Go up St. Annes Hill, and go to one of the look out towers, and watch the planes taking off and landing at Heathrow.

Theres a greengrocers shop across the road from the crown hotel, it's called Eithel Taylor, it's the oldest greengrocers shop in England, there are two brothers running the shop, when there's no customers in the shop, the two brothers go to the hotel across the road and have a drink at hotel pub, they have a designated space at the pub so they can sit down, have a drink, and look outside the window to see if there is anyone at the door of their greengrocers shop across the road, when there is somebody they run across the road using the special 'greengrocers crossing' to assist their customers. The shop is still open today and you can watch for a sign saying 'greengrocers crossing' so they can quickly cross the road to assist their customer.

Buy

There are not many shops in Chertsey.

  • Very Venetian Sell masks, souvenirs and jewlery made in Venice.

There are other shops like Sainsbury, Carlo Delicatessen, Magnum Wines and many more shops including antique ones and charity.

Eat

There are many restaurants in Chertsey including ASK (an Italian restaurant), Twynersh Hungry Horse, Boat house on the river, The Kingfisher which is on the other side of the river to the Boat House and many more restaurants including Caspari Italian restaurant, Chertsey Indian Cuisine, Chertsey café, and Plaza Mediterranean café.

A Portuguese delicatessen and tia maria café opened August 2009 and is located next to Weller's Auctioneers.

There are also many on-the-go take-aways in the high street and central Chertsey, there is China Chef which is a Chinese take-away, Seafare Fish and Chips which sell various fish to take away, there is The Flaming Grill which is a Turkish kebab shop, Simpsons a Broasted Chicken shop. Near the station there is the Subway sandwich shop.

Drink

There will be drinks selling in all of these take aways and you'll find more drinks at Sainsburys and Carlo Delicatessen

Sleep

There are many hotels which are in the high street or in Central Chertsey.

A good hotel to go to is the Crown Hotel which is situated at the start of the high street. There is also The Lodge Hotel which on top of The Boat House restaurant, in that hotel you can get rooms with river view.

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1911 encyclopedia

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From LoveToKnow 1911

CHERTSEY, a market town in the Chertsey parliamentary division of Surrey, England, 22 m. W.S.W. from London by the London & South-Western railway. Pop. of urban district (1901) 12,762. It is pleasantly situated on the right bank of the Thames, which is crossed by a bridge of seven arches, built of Purbeck stone in 1785. The parish church, rebuilt in 1808, contains a tablet to Charles James Fox, who resided at St Anne's Hill in the vicinity, and another to Lawrence Tomson, a translator of the New Testament in the 17th century. Hardly any remains are left of a great Benedictine abbey, whose buildings at one time included an area of 4 acres. They fell into almost complete decay in the 17th century, and a "fair house" was erected out of the ruins by Sir Nicholas Carew of Beddington. The ground-plan can be traced; the fish-ponds are complete; and carved stones, coffins and encaustic tiles of a peculiar manufacture are frequently exhumed. Among the abbots the most famous was John de Rutherwyk, who was appointed in 1307, and continued, till his death in 1346, to carry on a great system of alteration and extension, which almost made the abbey a new building. The house in which the poet Cowley spent the last years of his life remains, and the chamber in which he died is preserved unaltered. The town is the centre of a large residential district. Its principal trade is in produce for the London markets.

The first religious settlement in Surrey, a Benedictine abbey, was founded in 666 at Chertsey (Cerotesei, Certesey), the manor of which belonged to the abbot until 1539, since when it has been a possession of the crown. In the reign of Edward the Confessor Chertsey was a large village and was made the head of Godley hundred. The increase of copyhold under Abbot John de Rutherwyk led to discontent, the tenants in 1381 rising and burning the rolls. Chertsey owed its importance primarily to the abbey, but partly to its geographical position. Ferries over the Redewynd were subjects of royal grant in 1340 and 1399; the abbot built a new bridge over the Bourne in 1333, and wholly maintained the bridge over the Thames when it replaced the 14th century ferry. In 1410 the king gave permission to build. a bridge over the Redewynd. As the centre of an agricultural district the markets of Chertsey were important and are still held. Three days' fairs were granted to the abbots in 1129 for the feast of St Peter ad Vincula by Henry for Holy Rood day; in 1282 for Ascension day; and a market on Mondays was obtained in 1282. In 1590 there were many poor, for whose relief Elizabeth gave a fair for a day in Lent and a market on Thursdays. These fairs still survive.

See Lucy Wheeler, Chertsey Abbey (London, 1905); Victoria County History, Surrey.


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