Frimley Green shown within Surrey
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Frimley Green is a suburban village of 2.34 square kilometres (580 acres) with ward status in the English county of Surrey, that has lakes in its south-west which border Hampshire and which has the Lakeside Country Club, the national venue for the BDO international darts competition. It is south of the town of Frimley which separates it from the largest town in Surrey Heath, Camberley. The county town, Guildford, is 10 miles (16 km) east south-east.
Soil, elevation and boundaries
The land slopes down from Deepcut, partly on the Chobham Ridges to the east, to the River Blackwater which is preceded by the large lakes and small woods in the south-west of the ward which form the boundary with Hampshire. Most of the woods and lakes are sectioned off by the Ascot to Guildford Line, the only railway within its bounds, which at the next station south merges into the Alton Line from London to Alton, Hampshire then becomes part of the North Downs Line.
Amenities and transport
Frimley Green, as with many British villages bearing the word green, is named after a central village green. The Basingstoke Canal runs alongside the park in the south and has a traditional wharf and inn here. Frimley Green's main green spaces comprise large playing fields, a wooded area with an activity trail and a miniature railway.
The nearest railway station is Frimley (200m south of the Lakeside Club) which is linked to Ash Vale. Otherwise in neighbouring settlements are Farnborough North on the North Downs Line and Farnborough (Main) (on the South Western Main Line from Southampton to London Waterloo which marks the southern border). Bus services connect the village to Farnborough (and to Camberley, which is also served as the next station north of Frimley by rail).
Main schools are Frimley Church of England School and Cross Farm infant school.
The main road connecting the area inter-regionally is the M3 motorway, centred 2 miles (3.2 km) to the north, which has a junction near to its closest point.
As part of Frimley
Frimley was a chapelry of Ash which local nobles had established as a manor from 1277. Henry Elliot Malden in the Victoria County History (1911–12) believes Frimley manor may have been the land in Ash purchased by Bartholomew de Winton, Abbot of Chertsey Abbey in 1277, from a Sir Walter Raleigh (not his more famous explorer namesake). Henry VIII granted it to Sir John White of Aldershot. James Tichborne, sold the remaining land, chiefly the manor house to Mr. Tekel(l) and by 1911 the land had virtually all been subdivided.
Separation of identity and growth
Frimley Green gained, from its mother area, Frimley, half of a formal identity in 1889, when its first church was built, replaced in 1912. This remains joined with Mytchett in providing a choice of services, offered by the Church of England.
Catering to an expanded late 20th century population across the west of the district, in 1969 a Roman Catholic church was built just across the border in Frimley to the north and Frimley Park Hospital was built in 1974 in Frimley.
Sport and leisure
Lakeside Country Club is in the north of the village, and has hosted the British Darts Organisation’s (BDO) World Professional Darts Championship each January since 1986. This annual event is broadcast by the BBC and ESPN in the UK and by SBS in the Netherlands.
The area of the ward is 2.34 square kilometres (580 acres). At the United Kingdom Census 2011 its population had risen from 5,639 (ten years before) to 5,717. As to households there were 2,266, owned by 47.1% of people on a loan and 35.2% outright. Greater than the national and local averages, 55.2% of the population described their health as very good.
The ward was created on the establishment of a council in 1965.
- Dame Ethel Smyth, composer
- Christopher Howarth, figure skater
- Marcus Carmichael, football referee (for the first FA Cup match to be broadcast live via social media)
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- Frimley Green Cricket Club (Ground: Frimley Green Park)
- Photographs of Frimley Green 1906-1965 Vision of Britain - The University of Portsmouth and others
- Mytchett, Frimley Green & Deepcut. A focus on the three villages (tripos.org.uk)
- 2001 and 2011 Census Office for National Statistics (Key Statistics and Quick Statistics: Population Density) Retrieved 2013-10-30
- Grid square map Ordnance survey website
- Leisure and Recreation Surrey Heath Borough Council
- H.E. Malden (editor) (1911). "Parishes: Ash". A History of the County of Surrey: Volume 3. Institute of Historical Research. Retrieved 30 October 2013.
- Church finder: Frimley Green St Andrew The Church of England
- Our Lady Queen of Heaven, Frimley The Diocese of Arundel and Brighton