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Coordinates: 51°15′27″N 0°00′24″W / 51.25738°N 0.00653°W / 51.25738; -0.00653

Oxted
Oxted is located in Surrey
Oxted

 Oxted shown within Surrey
Population 12,576 [1]
OS grid reference TQ392528
District Tandridge
Shire county Surrey
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town OXTED
Postcode district RH8
Dialling code 01883
Police Surrey
Fire Surrey
Ambulance South East Coast
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament East Surrey
List of places: UK • England • Surrey

Oxted is a commuter town in Surrey, England at the foot of the North Downs, north of East Grinstead and south-east of Croydon.

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History

The town lay within the Anglo-Saxon administrative division of Tandridge hundred.

Oxted appears in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Acstede, meaning 'Place where oaks grew'. It was held by Eustace II of Boulogne. Its Domesday assets were: 5 hides; 1 church, 2 mills worth 12s 6d, 20 ploughs, 4 acres (16,000 m2) of meadow, pannage worth 100 hogs. It rendered £14 and 2d from a house in Southwark.[2]

The original village of Oxted (now Old Oxted) is a small village centred around a short high street with four pubs (The Old Bell, The George Inn, The Crown Inn and The Wheatsheaf) just off the A25. Oxted's oldest church (St Mary's) was built some distance north-east from the original settlement of Oxted, but it is almost surrounded by the new town. The church dates from at least Norman times and stands on a conspicuous mound, perhaps artificial. It is possible that a Saxon church of wattle and daub existed on the site before the later stone construction. With the arrival of the railway in 1884 (after many years' delay caused by lack of funds) Oxted boomed around its station, north-east of Old Oxted), and new buildings created "New Oxted". These new buildings were built in the Tudor style.

The Greenwich Meridian runs through Oxted School and Oxted.

Celebrity residents

The artist Albert Houthuesen lived and painted in Oxted in 1950. The billionaire Mohammed al-Fayed lived in Oxted in Barrow Green Court before relocating to Switzerland. The popular band, Rooster, come from the Oxted area. Picture Post photographer Bert Hardy (b. 1913) moved to Oxted in 1964 and died there in 1995. The palaeontologist, TV presenter and author, Alan Charig lived in Oxted from 1958 until his death in 1997. The singer Louise, formerly of the band Eternal and now married to footballer Jamie Redknapp, lived in Oxted during her childhood. Footballers who have lived in Oxted include Julián Speroni, goalkeeper for Crystal Palace Football Club, Ian Pearce who currently plays for Oxted and District FC after returning to club he started with, Hull City A.F.C. striker Nicky Forster, former Manchester City and Middlesbrough midfielder, Jamie Pollock, and former Hearts winger, David Wagstaff, retired to Oxted in 1993.

Education

Oxted's main school is Oxted School (Oxted County School until 2000), which is a large secondary school. Opened in 1929, it has over 2000 pupils and is one of the largest in the country. There are two other state schools in Oxted, Downs Way primary school and St Mary's C of E junior school.

There is one private school, Hazelwood School (co-education 2.5 to 13 years).

Pram Race

Oxted is host to a charity pram race held each year since 1977. Entrants wear fancy dress and must push a pram around the two thirds of a mile course, stopping at each of the seven licensed premises on the way to quaff a drink as quickly as they can. The race ends in Old Oxted high street where the road is closed for the evening and a street party is held.[3]

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