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West Byfleet

Coordinates: 51°20′17″N 0°30′12″W / 51.3380°N 0.5033°W / 51.3380; -0.5033

West Byfleet

St John's church, West Byfleet
Surrey
Population 5,054 [1]
OS grid reference TQ043609
District Woking
Shire county Surrey
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town West Byfleet
Postcode district KT14
Dialling code 01932
Police Surrey
Fire Surrey
Ambulance South East Coast
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament Woking
List of places
UK
England
Surrey

West Byfleet is a village in Surrey. Forming part of the Greater London Urban Area it lies in the stockbroker belt just outside the M25 motorway, 19 miles from Charing Cross, 8 miles from London Heathrow. The village grew up around the station on the London & South Western Railway. The station, originally "Byfleet and Woodham", opened in 1887.[2] Since it was more than mile from the ancient village of Byfleet, the new development soon established its own character as a commuter suburb. The village church was dedicated in 1912 and a separate parish of West Byfleet was established in 1917. The station lies between Woking and Byfleet & New Haw. The village is bounded to the north by the Basingstoke Canal and to the east by the M25 and the Wey Navigation Canal.

Today

The retail centre has declined in diversity over the last 30 years losing many true shops such as hardware, wine merchants, electrical stores and greengrocer. The Waitrose supermarket has revitalised the village's retail attraction. The village retail shops are now replaced with service businesses including restaurants, estate agents and hairdressers. All the major banks are represented. The village has become a focal point for other neighbouring villages such as Pyrford, New Haw, Woodham, Byfleet and Ripley; an alternative to Woking. In 2010 Aviva, the landlord, repossessed the former Woolworths store and relet approximately half the space to Costa Coffee and the other half to Lloyd Pharmacy. Recently there has been a small renaissance of fashion and style shops with the arrival of ladies wear C'est Si Bon and Blush as well as art gallery and vintage gift emporium Carmel Snow.

Old Avenue is one of the most desirable residential areas in the district. This prosperous road has been designated a Conservation Area and has an arcadian environment supporting detached family homes with spacious gardens. Easy of access by foot or car to West Byfleet Station has encouraged many Central London workers to move into the road and enjoy the frequent and rapid service to and from Waterloo.

Most secondary school students attend [1] In 1949 a Supermarine Spitfire crashed and exploded in flames beside West Byfleet Golf Course after a mid-air collision with another Spitfire over Woking.

Notable inhabitants

  • Sir Sydney Camm, Hawker aircraft designer.
  • Sir George Edwards, Vickers aircraft designer.
  • J C Stobart (1878–1933), author of The Glory That Was Greece lived latterly by West Byfleet Golf Course, and is buried at Old Byfleet.
  • JC Carroll Musician. Members Guitarist Songwriter composer of "The Sound of The Suburbs" and Film Music

References

Bibliography

Gardner, Robert (2006) ‘From Bouncing Bombs to Concorde – The Authorised Biography of Aviation Pioneer Sir George Edwards, OM’ (Sutton Publishing Ltd, Stroud, Gloucs.)

Stevens, Leonard, R (2001) ‘A Village of England – Byfleet’

Wakeford, Iain (2004) ‘West Byfleet – A Self-Guided Heritage Walk With Notes and Illustrations on the History of the Village and the Basingstoke Canal’ (Iain Wakeford, Old Woking, Surrey).

External links

  • Woking Borough Council page on West Byfleet
  • West Byfleet Business Association
  • Local Plan
  • War Memorial Photo

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