Living in Weybridge
What is life like in Weybridge
Such is the high quality of life in Weybridge, it has always been a hit with the rich and famous. John Lennon opted to move to the town at the height of his fame, while Sir Tom Jones, Nick Faldo, Sir Cliff Richard and Eric Sykes all bought a home there.
Weybridge is at the heart of one of the most expensive property triangles in the UK, as it is surrounded by places such as Windsor, Esher and Guildford – not to forget the fact that central London is only 20 miles away.
It originally came to prominence thanks to St George's Hill, the UK's first gated community. In more recent times, desirable developments have been built in Weybridge that continue to attract individuals to the area today.
In 2011, a study by Halifax named the Elmbridge district – which includes Weybridge – as the best place to live in the UK. It noted people who live there tend to have an enviable lifestyle, with high earnings, impressive homes and good health and fitness.
The Domesday Book of 1086 refers to Weybridge as Webrige and Webruge, with the area at this time said to be held partly by Chertsey Abbey, partly by an Englishman from the abbey and partly by Herfrid.
Until the latter part of the 18th century, Weybridge remained a very small village known for its seed milling industry that made flour. It was also a popular river crossing, in the days when points to move across the Thames were fewer than they are today.
A monument to the Duchess of York was erected in the town centre at the bottom of Monument Hill in 1820, having been crafted from the remains of the original Seven Dials landmark that stood in London until 1773.
Later in the 19th century, Oatlands broke away from Walton-on-Thames and became a village in its own right. Inspired by this, Weybridge adopted Oatlands as its only village in the subsequent years.
Upon the arrival of the railway, Weybridge grew into a commuter town with high-quality housing and excellent transport links to London. Many new houses have been built in the last century, particularly around the Oatlands Park and Broadwater Lake areas.
Weybridge has a plethora of famous residents both past and present, ranging from Sir Cliff Richard to Eamonn Holmes, Abbey Clancy and Sir Tom Jones. It was also the residence of John Lennon prior to his death.
Entertainment, sport and days out
The Weybridge Health Club and Spa is a wonderful option for all those looking for some pampering and relaxation close to home. It boasts a fully-fitted gym and personal training sessions that will help local people stay in shape.
A number of events take place through the year in Weybridge, including fun food demonstrations and lessons, live music celebrations and a number of local sports functions such as hockey and yoga displays.
From Weybridge, it is possible to head to a number of exciting destinations for a day out. The magnificent Surrey Hills are only a few miles away and feature the famous Box Hill, which was part of the London Olympics cycling route.
As well as being just a short train ride from the sights and landmarks of London, people in Weybridge are close to Thorpe Park, giving any daredevils the chance to enjoy some of the country's finest rollercoasters.
Eating, drinking & shopping
Although it is not a large town, Weybridge boasts more than its fair share of restaurants, providing people with plenty of options when it comes to grabbing a bite to eat. Red Bar and Restaurant, the Prince of Wales, El Meson de Los Hermanos and Meejana are just some of the venues that are based in the area.
The Hand and Spear is one pub that is highly recommended and should be a favourite with everyone who lives in the town, particularly those who enjoy a perfect pint of Young's.
Weybridge town centre has a good selection of shops, with some of the UK's largest high street names found alongside a range of smaller, independent stores. Brooklands Shopping Centre is a particularly popular spot and includes Tesco and Marks & Spencer stores.
Schools & healthcare
There is a host of high-performing schools available in Weybridge and neighbouring Walton-on-Thames. These include St Charles Borromeo Catholic, Ashley C of E and Cleves, all of which are rated as 'exceptional' and 'outstanding' by Ofsted.
When it comes to secondary schools, many of the leading institutions in the area are independent schools. However, there are some promising options in the state sector, such as Rydens and Heathside.
People in need of medical assistance should look to Weybridge Community Hospital, which is located in the town centre and offers a full range of treatments and assistance. It features specialist ear, nose and throat, children's and urology departments among others.
Weybridge is one of the best connected towns anywhere within a short distance of London. Its train stations offers direct services to London Waterloo at least four times an hour, with each taking little more than 30 minutes to reach the capital.
This helps to make Weybridge an extremely popular choice among commuters, many of whom prefer to live in greener and more relaxing surroundings while travelling to the city for work each day.
It is also just a few minutes' drive from both the M3 and the M25, making all parts of the south-east easily accessible to drivers.