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Population – At the time of the 2011 YouGov census, the population of Cobham was 9,739.
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Cobham’s earliest roots date it back to the Iron Age. Romans also settled in the area and the name (although it appeared as ‘Covenham’) also featured in the Domesday Book of 1086, when the village was owned and paid its taxes to Chertsey Abbey.
While Civil War raged in England, local man Gerrard Winstanley lead a group known as ‘The Diggers’. Similar to The Levellers movement, their aim was to level up life between the richest of the land and the common man by allowing freemen to dig and farm on land to provide a means of food and income for the many destitute and starving common people. Winstanley’s group referred to themselves as the ‘True Levellers’ and set about digging up land to start farming. The group advocated an early form of health insurance, a freedom for all men to own land and the link between man, his wellbeing and the land he lived on. After calling on ‘thousands’ to come and join them as they tore down fences of landowners, the group were rounded up and put on trial accused of being ‘ranters’ (an entirely different group who were accused of both theological and sexual deviance).
Cobham might seem a little sleepy, but a pretty fast paced neighbour arrived in 1903. Brooklands was the UK’s first purpose built racetrack. Hugh and Ethel Locke spent the equivalent of £16million building the track that used banked corners to increase speed on the 2.6 mile circuit. The endeavour cost Locke his personal fortune and after ill-health caused him to step away, family members came forward to help save his project. The site was used to build aircraft in both world wars including the Sopwith Camel.
During the Second World War, Brooklands became home to the Vickers-Armstrong factory with many Cobham residents working at the site that made aircraft for the RAF, including Wellington bombers. The factory was bombed in 1940 with a number of lives lost, the Vickers Experimental Department, which was involved in inventing new weapons and craft to help defeat the German army, was spared and moved to estates at Silvermere and Foxwarren Parks. It was here that Barnes Wallis worked on his bouncing bomb (that would eventually be dropped by Wellington bombers) and carried out trials at Silvermere Lake. The whole area was a hive of secrecy, subterfuge and ingenuity with other experimental bases and test centres at Corbie Wood, Riseholme and Norwood Farm.
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Secure Household Storage in Cobham
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.
Why use Over’s for your storage needs?
Of course, it’s not just the calibre of our personnel that matters. We are also proud of our modern fleet of specialised removal vehicles, lifting equipment, packaging and dedicated storage facilities to help us best cater to all your storage requirements.