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Population – At the time of the 2011 YouGov census, the population of Sunbury was 18,041.
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In 1767 the Reverend Gilbert White wrote The Natural History Of Selborne in which he described Sunbury as, “one of those pleasant villages lying on the Thames, near Hampton Court”. And in some respects little has changed. Yes, the roads are a little busier and there are a few more coffee shops, but it remains a truly charming spot that feels more like a village than a commuter friendly hub on the outskirts of the one of the world’s most vibrant cities. It is of course both.
If you’re thinking of moving to Sunbury you won’t be the first, the earliest signs of settlement in the area are funerary urns, dating back to the Bronze Age (around 3300 – 1200 BC). There is also evidence of a bowl barrow (burial site) known as Cloven Barrow.
The location was mentioned in the Sunbury Charter of 962AD, where it appears as Sunnanbyrg. King Eadgar awarded much of the land to the Bishop of Winchester (one of the richest men in Britain at the time). The name derives from Sunna (a chieftain) and burgh, which was a fortified town, created by Alfred the Great to help deter Viking invasions. By 1086 Sunbury was sizeable enough to have been included in the Domesday Book where is appears as Sunneberie.
Sunbury remained unspoilt, it avoided getting dragged into the English Civil War, in the 1700s it was bypassed by major coaching roads or canals. Perhaps the most notable event came in 1889 when a group of music hall stars met in the Magpie Hotel to create a group to raise money for good causes. The named themselves the Grand Order of Water Rats and are still going strong today. Over the years members have included some of the biggest names in entertainment; Charlie Chaplin, Oliver Hardy, Stan Laurel, Tommy Cooper, Sir Bruce Forsyth, Bob Hope, Sir Norman Wisdom and many more.
A major shake-up in 1965, saw most of Middlesex absorbed into Greater London. Small pockets such as Sunbury-on-Thames were welcomed as parts of Surrey. Not everyone was quite so understanding, in fact, despite it being made official, the Royal Mail didn’t accept the change until as late as 1996 and continued to class it Middlesex. Many letter writers and locals also refused to accept the ending of Middlesex and stubbornly clung on to the old county address.
Sunbury has fine sporting credentials, it’s been home to London Irish RFC since 1932. Every July the town also hosts the Sunbury Amateur Regatta, a colourful and lively event set around Rivermead Island.
Sunbury Removals Company
Whether you are moving to or from Sunbury, 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 Sunbury
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.