In the 15th century, the Borough was home to Royalty as Henry VIII built Oatlands Palace in Weybridge, spurring other nobles to settle nearby such as William Wayneflete’s palace in Esher, Ashley Park and the Manor House in Walton-on-Thames and Portmore Park in Weybridge. The first historic mention of Elmbridge is the Doomsday Book of 1086 where it is referred to as Amelebrige, deriving its name from the original name for the River Mole ‘Amele’ and the old English word for bridge ‘brige’.
The River Mole dissects the Borough north to south and whilst the site of the original bridge is still a matter of speculation, the Borough of Elmbridge was formally recognised in 1972 after the Local Government Act enforced the union of the Esher, Walton-on-Thames and Weybridge Urban District Councils.
The town offers a diverse range of property ranging from the humble one bedroom flat for those looking to get on the property ladder to mansions on sprawling plots on the exclusive St George’s Hill private estate. Popular with families and commuters the town offers excellent state and private schools and the train line into London is both fast and frequent. With two vibrant shopping locations, the main High Street with its eclectic mix of shops, bars and coffee shops along with numerous boutique clothing shops. The Queens Road offers a lively social scene again with a comprehensive selection of shops and a great selection of bars, restaurants and pubs.
Often referred to as the UK’s answer to Beverley Hills, the exclusive St George’s Hill private estate can be found in Weybridge and is made up of over 900 acres of beautiful grounds surrounding its own golf course. The estate boasts well over 400 homes, covering just about every decade dating back to 1911 right up to the present day.
Read our blog on what it’s like to live in St George’s Hill.
Located in north west Surrey on the banks of the River Thames, it forms the boundary of the original settlement to the north. Later development and expansion of the town took place to the south, surrounding the railway station which opened in 1838.
The Heart is the name given to the re-development of Walton-on-Thames town centre. An exciting retail and residential complex, it includes a shopping centre with several national brand retailers plus a selection of coffee shops and eateries. Walton-on-Thames has a current population of circa 23,000 residents.
Walton-on-Thames provides a healthy mixture of flats and houses spanning the whole price point barometer.There is also a number of new developments currently under construction. The private parks and gated estates of Ashley Park and Burwood Park plus the Burhill Estate provide a host of impressive family homes. There is also a number of highly sought-after private roads close to Walton’s mainline station.
The popular village of Hersham is set around a village green measuring approximately four square miles. It has a population in excess of 12,000 and encompasses areas of beautiful countryside and designated green belt, making it highly attractive to families and lovers of the great outdoors.
The housing stock in the town is very varied with anything from one bedroom flats through to stunning period homes that date back to the 17th century and even earlier. The High Street runs along the banks of the River Mole and has many varied shops and restaurants, the most notable being The Ivy. The award-winning 18th century landscape garden, Painshill Park, designed by Hon. Charles Hamilton is also based in Cobham. With 158 acres of landscaped gardens including large lakes, follies, grottoes, a waterwheel and vineyard, plus tearoom, it has something for everyone and makes a great day out for all the family.
The town is home to a wide range of housing stock including brand new mansions all the way through to studio apartments dotted around the High Street. With the train from Esher station getting you back into London Waterloo in under 25 minutes and a mix of world-class private and state schooling, it is exceptionally popular for families. With its proximity to Hampton Court there are various properties dating back hundreds of years, a large selection of characterful 1930’s homes and then, after major developments since the 1980’s, a collection of the newest and most contemporary homes in Surrey.
The High Street has an Everyman Cinema and a range of restaurants, bars and pubs, as well as the World famous Sandown Park Racecourse, home to horse racing and multiple big-name music events throughout the year. You can never get bored of what Esher has to offer on the entertainment side.