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Population – At the time of the 2011 YouGov census, the population of Byfleet was 7,724.
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The first sign of settlement dates Byfleet’s earliest roots back to the Neolithic period with what may have been a small village. The first written record appeared in 727 when the King of Mercia, Alfred III gave the area to Chertsey Abbey. Byfleet was also logged in the Domesday Book when Byfleet was worth a wallet busting £4 (which today would just about buy you a coffee to go in one of the town’s many excellent cafes).
By the time the Normans were stomping around, splitting up much of England and generally making themselves at home, the largely Saxon inhabitants were under the lordship of the Abbot of Westminster. However, as royals tended to do, they soon nabbed it back, William the Conqueror made the entire village and pretty much everything in Windsor Forest his own personal playground for hunting and riding. From then on it remained under royal control. Henry de Leybourne (those Normans again!) had been granted the land but made himself hugely unpopular with King Edward I when he skipped the King’s service in Scotland to attend a jousting tournament back home. Jousting was a big deal and another huge fan of Byfleet (and a champion jouster) was the Black Prince who trained and bred tournament horses there. Edward II did himself no favours when he granted Byfleet to Piers Gaveston who was not the most popular figure at court. He was particularly disliked by Edward’s wife, Isabella of France who refused to visit Byfleet again.
Byfleet remained a royal manor until 1826, during which time it saw various kings and queens come and go, including a young Henry VIII who spent some of his childhood there. Another visitor was Geoffrey Chaucer in his role as Clerk of the Works. Although the best royal job has to go to Robert Bowyer, Miniaturist to King George III, who’s job entailed building items for dolls houses and he got to live in the Clock House.
Byfleet’s fortunes then rose and fell with its transport links. When the Wey Navigation Canal arrived in 1653, the good times rolled (or rowed). The next big shake up was the motor car. Brooklands became the world’s first purpose-built race-track in 1907. The need for speed was interrupted by the First World War and Vickers arrived building aircraft with mixed results. A number of new planes were tested taking off from Byfleet. Not all of them made it into the sky with a number of fatalities.
The largest aircraft of WWI, the Tarrant Bomber, crashed at Farnborough during its first take off. Things hadn’t improved much for test pilots by WWII, on 2 January 1945 a Vickers Warwick GRV crashed at Rectory Lane, thankfully the pilot walked away while the test pilot was sent on another test flight later that same day. The town also saw a large number of Canadian troops passing through in the build-up to the D-Day landings that changed the course of the war.
Today this modern town is awash with good food, friendly shops and plenty of local events. Fairway obsessives will be pleased to know there are no fewer than 7 golf clubs within easy driving range. Literally! They’re so close you could almost hit a driver from one to the next (although locals might get a little annoyed with you for cutting through their gardens in order to take your next shot!).
Byfleet Removals Company
Whether you are moving to or from Byfleet, or beyond, we pride ourselves on making the experience as hassle-free and streamlined as possible. With over 160 years of experience as a leading UK removal company, our personable, expert removals team will take the stress out of moving home or office.
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Secure Household Storage in Byfleet
Are you a homeowner requiring long or short term household storage for furniture and personal effects for which you no longer have room? Do you need secure flexible household storage at short notice, with the minimum of fuss?
With our multiple, large, secure purpose-built Hampshire storage facilities located in Aldershot, Farnborough and Petersfield, we can cater for all your storage needs. We can also arrange to collect and storage your belongings on your behalf. Please visit our Storage Service for further details.
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