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Population – At the time of the 2011 YouGov census, the population of Addlestone was 15,883.
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The valley belonging to a Saxon named Attel was listed as Attelsdene (Attel’s vale) in 1241. Not much more than a cluster of cottages and homesteads, it stayed that way for hundreds of years. The hamlet eventually became under the auspice of the parish of Chertsey until 1838. Chertsey’s poor law union’s workhouse was built in Addlestone in 1836.
Those that have dreamed of a rural idyl might be interested to know that around the 16th century it did at least get its own pub, The George (which still stands and serves delicious food and cooling beer on a summer’s afternoon) has been pouring pints since at least 1775.
Another long-standing local is Wycliffe’s Oak. This ancient tree is claimed to be England’s oldest oak tree, dating back between 500 – 800 years. The tree’s name comes from John Wycliffe, a 14th century theologian, philosopher and church reformer who preached under the tree, railing against the wealth of the church and state. Educated at Oxford University (which at the time only taught religion and theology), he even went as far as decrying the Pope as the ‘Antichrist’. Many of Wycliffe’s views were carried on as the founding stone of the Lollard movement.
The tree is also still standing and sits within an unassuming collection of modern houses. 100 years ago in Byways of Surrey the historian Eric Parker wrote “…up to years not long gone by, love-lorn young women gathered its bark to boil down into philtres to ensnare the hearts of unwilling swains.” Indeed, the tree had to be fenced off to protect it from women stripping its bark for their love potions. It’s also claimed that Queen Elizabeth picnicked beneath the oak’s branches.
Having finally become a town in its own right, Addlestone was the sight of an aircraft factory owned by Bleriot, the first man to fly across the Channel. During the First World War the factory chiefly produced propellors. During the Second World War, several hundred aeroplanes were produced there before being taken by road to Brooklands for final assembly and test flying.
By 1911, Addlestone’s population had reached 6,969. Today the town continues to grow but retains its small-town charm with the added bonus of fantastic commuter links. There is easy access to London and days out like Windsor and Wimbledon, good cycle routes, access to stunning countryside and it’s within a short drive of two of the UK’s most famous courses, Sunningdale and Wentworth.
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