The Diamond Jubilee statue
Esher High Street
Apartments in Esher
Esher shown within Surrey
|Area||9.3 km2 (3.6 sq mi)|
|Population||6,743 (2011 census)|
|- Density||725 /km2 (1,880 /sq mi)|
|OS grid reference|
|- London||14.1 miles (22.7 km)|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Ambulance||South East Coast|
|EU Parliament||South East England|
|UK Parliament||Esher and Walton|
Esher i//[n 1] is a town in Surrey, England, to the east of the River Mole. Located within the Greater London Urban Area, Esher is largely suburban in character, with few high rise buildings and very short sections of dual carriageway within the ward itself. Esher covers a large area, lying between approximately 12.5 and 15.4 miles southwest of Charing Cross, its town centre around 14 miles from central London. In the south it is bounded by the A3 Portsmouth Road which is of urban motorway standard buffered by the Esher Commons.
Esher is bisected by the A307, traditional Portsmouth Road which for approximately 1 mile (1.6 km) forms its high street. Esher railway station (served by the South West Main Line) connects the town to London Waterloo. Sandown Park Racecourse is in the town near the station.
Esher appears in Domesday Book of 1086 as Aissela and Aissele held partly by the Abbey of the Cross in Normandy; partly by William de Waterville; partly by Reginald; partly by Hugh do Port; and partly by Odard Balistarius (probably a crossbowman). Its domesday assets were: 14 hides, 6 ploughs and 2 acres (8,100 m2) of meadow. It rendered £6 2s 0d per year to its feudal system overlords.
In the 16th century, King Henry VIII annexed several of the manors to the Honour of Hampton Court to form a royal hunting ground and new residences were permitted by a number of wealthy courtesans. Esher's town slowly grew as a stagecoach stop on the London–Portsmouth road that was later designated as the A3 road, although it was bypassed in the mid-1970s, when it became the A307. Clive of India built the Claremont mansion[n 2] and this later became a royal residence used by Queen Victoria. In 1841 Esher had 1261 inhabitants across 2,075 acres (840 ha). Queen Victoria lent Claremont to the exiled French King Louis-Philippe and his consort Queen Marie-Amelie after the revolution of 1848. Prince Leopold of Saxe-Coburg lived there until he became King of the Belgians.
In 1863, "Bradshaw's Descriptive Railway Hand-Book" was saying of Esher that it was "... once a place of some importance, is now little better than an inconsiderable village. Esher Place is remarkable as having been the residence of Wolsey, when Bishop of Winchester..."
By 1908, Esher contained the fashionable residences of several important figures including Lady Emma Talbot; Sir Robert Hawthorn Collins, the Duchess of Albany and Sir Edgar Vincent, K.C.M.G. who was later created 1st Viscount D'Abernon.
Maurice Gibb of the Bee Gees also owned a house called The Firs in Esher, during 1970s-2004 and sold after his death. This is where the hit single "Juliet" was written and recorded by Maurice & Robin for brother Robin's solo album project in the 1980s.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, placed the murder of fictional character, Mr. Garcia, in and around Esher in his Sherlock Holmes mystery, "The Adventure of Wisteria Lodge". In the mystery, Dr. Watson described his and Sherlock Holmes' arrival in Esher by stating, "It was nearly six c'clock before we found ourselves in the pretty Surrey village of Esher, with Inspector Baynes as our companion."
Esher is within the Esher and Walton parliamentary constituency which has been represented by Dominic Raab, a member of the Conservative Party, since 2010. The predecessor Esher parliamentary constituency was replaced on boundary changes before the 1997 general election.
The town is covered by the Esher ward of Elmbridge borough council, which has elections in three years out of four (is elected in thirds) represented by:
|2011||David J. Archer||Esher|
|2010||Simon J. Waugh||Esher|
Esher has a mix of state and private schools. There are four state primary schools across the area of Esher, Hinchley Wood and Claygate. Esher Church of England High School is the state secondary school in the town of Esher. Hinchley Wood School in Hinchley Wood has been an Academy since February 2012. Hinchley Wood is also one of the Further education establishments in the area. Esher College is in nearby Thames Ditton.
Esher has office buildings in the High Street and its continuation, Portsmouth Road, which has a cluster of entertainment and dining venues. Esher has a local (roughly county-level) farmers market held on one Saturday every month, moving forward one week each month. Vendors sell locally sourced produce and two riverside farms on the edge of town, one with large shop and grow-your-own are open to the public. A light smattering of small businesses, particularly in construction and landscaping pervades the town. A large hospice in Esher serves North Surrey, with field staff providing relief to cancer patients. Otherwise the town's residents do business or create products from home or elsewhere, such as in the M4 corridor and the City of London.
Culture, Community and Sport
People Ed Heaney is one of Esher's most famous residents. Known by his neighbours as "Mr Versatile", Heaney caught the imagination of the people of Esher by crafting the first ever transparent glass cow. His ability to curve and manipulate the material won him praise from different corners of the world, in particular the Malaysian president, who in fact shaved his head to look like Heaney.
Heaney is now better known as the President of the BEA (Boiled Egg Association). His commitment to the cause has prompted many journalists to state that he should be awarded a knighthood.
Nearby theatres include the Rose Theatre in Kingston upon Thames and the Cecil Hepworth Theatre and Riverhouse Barn in Walton on Thames. Further afield, Woking's New Victoria Theatre and the Orange Tree Theatre and Richmond Theatre in Richmond are within reach of the town.
The Odeon cinema is a central feature of Esher's High Street with four screens whereas Walton on Thames's Everymans cinema has two screens and tends to show more children's films and niche productions.
- Esher Rugby Club play on the Hersham borders and have several training grounds there.
- Esher Cricket Club play 1st and 2nd team matches in the Esher Park private estate, in New Road, have a youth cricket training and playing squad and have seven corporate sponsors.
- AFC Westend Football Club
- West End (Esher) Cricket Club (Est. 1875)
- Esher Lawn Tennis Club have 5 hard courts and 5 grass courts (Est. 1898)
Amenities, local events and media
King Georges Hall is multi-functional conferencing technology-equipped venue available for corporate or group hire, a non-for-profit community facility .
Esher West End hosts an annual flower show and the Hampton Court Flower Show is nearby. Similarly, Surrey Wildlife Trust manage Wisley and Ockham Commons, partly within the borough of Elmbridge and Esher is approximately mid-way between the two leading Surrey and International Gardens, the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew and RHS Garden, Wisley.
A weekly newspaper, Esher News and Mail, closed down in 2009. Current newspapers include the Surrey Herald: Cobham, Esher and Claygate edition and Living Within monthly magazine/newspaper.
Demography and housing
|Output area||Detached||Semi-detached||Terraced||Flats and apartments||Caravans/temporary/mobile homes||Shared between households|
The average level of accommodation in the region composed of detached houses was 28%, the average that was apartments was 22.6%.
|Output area||Population||Households||% Owned outright||% Owned with a loan||hectares|
The proportion of households in the settlement who owned their home outright compares to the regional average of 35.1%. The proportion who owned their home with a loan compares to the regional average of 32.5%. The remaining % is made up of rented dwellings (plus a negligible % of households living rent-free).
In film, fiction and the media
The housing in Esher supports a view of its being presented in some parts of the media as a particularly middle class part of suburbia. Very few places with town status in England have an absolute majority of detached houses. Monty Python referred to Esher at least three times.
A house that was used in the filming of A Fish Called Wanda is located in Esher.
- Esher Place
- St. George's Church, Esher
- Wayneflete Tower
- Esher Commons
- West End, Esher
- William Brett, 1st Viscount Esher
- Caroline Wharram
Notes and References
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- Claremont was originally Esher Episcopi Manor, bought by Sir John Vanbrugh, who built a smaller house for himself, and began to ornament the grounds (Guest's poem 'Claremont' attributes the first improvements to Vanbrugh). The Earl of Clare (created Duke of Newcastle in 1715) bought the property in 1714 on coming of age and called the property after his own title 'Clare Mont.' On his death in 1768 the whole was bought by Lord Clive, who employed Capability Brown to build the present mansion (now Claremont School)
- Key Statistics; Quick Statistics: Population Density United Kingdom Census 2011 Office for National Statistics Retrieved 21 November 2013
- Samuel Lewis (editor) (1848). "Erith - Essex". A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research. Retrieved 7 November 2012.
- H.E. Malden (editor) (1911). "Parishes: Esher". A History of the County of Surrey: Volume 3. Institute of Historical Research. Retrieved 7 November 2012.
- Surrey Domesday Book
- The Annual Register for the Year 1908, p. 146, reads: November. ... On the 2nd, aged 67, Sir Robert Hawthorn Collins, K.C.B., K.C.V.O., tutor of the Duke of Albany (H.R.H. Prince Leopold) and afterwards Comptroller of his household. The Times, 3 November 1908 p. 11 Obituary reads: Sir Robert Hawthorn Collins, K.C.B., K.C.V.O. died shortly after 1 o'clock yesterday morning at Claremont Palace, Esher...had acted as comptroller of the household of the Duchess of Albany
- England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations) 1908. Sir Robert Hawthorn Collins of Broom Hill Esher Surrey K.C.B. K.C.V.O. died 2 November 1908 at Claremont Esher aforesaid Probate London 30 December to Henry John Collins solicitor and Edward Arthur Wightwick stockbroker. Effects £40153 11s. 6d
- "Members of Parliament for Elmbridge". Elmbridge borough council. Retrieved 7 March 2012.
- Oliver Florence (23 April 2010). "Ian Taylor looks back on 23 years as an MP". Get Surrey. Retrieved 7 March 2012.
- Web Operations Team (25 August 2009). "Cooper, Nigel". Surrey County Council. Retrieved 7 March 2012.
- "The Borough of Elmbridge – Councillors". Retrieved 7 November 2012.
- Election Results by Year
- Hannah Blackburn (7 March 2012). "Surrey County Council - Schools by Location". Surrey County Council. Retrieved 7 March 2012.
- Ian Fuoco (2 March 2012). "School status changes in academic year 11-12". Surrey County Council. Retrieved 7 March 2012.
- "Hinchley Wood School and Sixth Form Centre". BBC News. 19 October 2005. Retrieved 7 March 2012.
- King George's Hall - Elmbridge Borough Council
- Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares: Moore Place - TV.com
- Esher Residents Association
- History of Esher
- Christ Church, Esher
- (Esher) West End Flower Show
- Esher Athletic Football Club
- AFC Westend Football Club
- West End (Esher) Cricket Club
- Esher Rugby Club
- Esher Cricket Club
- Esher Lawn Tennis Club
||West Molesey||East Molesey||Thames Ditton|
|Hersham, Walton-on-Thames||Hinchley Wood|