The quiet town of Weybridge in Surrey, England has a fascinating history. In the Domesday Book, Weybridge was mentioned as ‘Webruge’ while in some others places the words ‘Waybrugg’ and ‘Waigeburgge’ were used to refer to the town. The meaning of all the words is the same — “a bridge over the Wey”. The town owes its name to the River Wey that flows through it.
It is claimed that Weybridge became the first town ever to be lit completely be electricity in the year 1890. However, some people tend to disagree with this. This especially includes the inhabitants of Godalming, who claim that their town was the first ever to become wholly lit by electric current.
Weybridge is also famous for its motoring history. The Brooklands racetrack was opened near the town in 1907 and its memories have been well-preserved in the magnificent Brooklands Museum. The town’s motoring heritage has been kept alive by Mercedes-Benz World that attracts tourists from all over the country.
There is a church near St James’ that is said to be over 800 years old. No one knows who built it, but it was designed to withstand the ruthless forces of nature. The column located at Monument Green also has an interesting history. It is said that this column was once the centerpiece in Covent Garden’s Seven Dials. However, many people don’t believe this to be true.
History books tell us that Henry VII started the construction of Oatlands Palace in 1537. Frederick rules over the Oatlands property in the earlier part of the 19th century.
Until the 18th century, the small town of Weybridge was like a small village with a single river crossing. Seed milling was used to make flour while nurseries provided the main source of income. No shops, markets and tanneries existed until the early 20th century.
Richard Weston built the Wey Navigation canal in 1953 to improve trade links and connections between Weybridge and London. Opening of the London-to-Southampton railway in 1838 made it easier for people of Weybridge to access London. The town’s modern era began from this point in history. In the beginning of the 20th century, several housing developments began in the Weybridge, especially on St George’s Hill. Local developer and builder W G Tarrant built many houses there and became known for his brilliant work.
The Coxes Mill in Weybridge was the last operated mill in the town and it wasn’t closed down until 1983. Now, the mill has been transformed into apartments. Few lucky people who can afford to live in these apartments enjoy the most remarkable views over the Surrey countryside.
People of Weybridge town are mostly aware of the fascinating history of their town and they know how Weybridge grew in popularity over the years. Now, you too know the history of this beautiful town in Surrey, England.