Mytchett

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Mytchett
Mytchett is located in Surrey
Mytchett
Mytchett
 Mytchett shown within Surrey
Population <6,000
OS grid reference SU888557
District Surrey Heath
Shire county Surrey
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Camberley
Postcode district GU16
Dialling code 01252
Police Surrey
Fire Surrey
Ambulance South East Coast
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament Surrey Heath
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England
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Coordinates: 51°17′39″N 0°43′36″W / 51.2943°N 0.7268°W / 51.2943; -0.7268

Mytchett is a small suburban village in Surrey, approximately 35 miles south west of London.

The village is approximately 2 miles long, but is constrained to the north by the South Western Main Line, to the east by the Basingstoke Canal and west by the River Blackwater, meaning the village is only around 3/4 of a mile wide. The census area Mytchett and Deepcut has a population of 6,197.[1]

History[edit]

Traditionally the village centre is at Mytchett Crossroads where a community centre was erected in the late 1980s. The village shops are 1/2 mile north of this point along the main road towards Frimley Green and Frimley. There used to also be a Post Office. However this was closed down before June 2012, and is now part of the Best One chain, the nearest Post Office is Frimley Green.

Transport[edit]

Mytchett has fast road links to London and the South. Buses are half-hourly services to Farnborough, Aldershot and Camberley.

Mytchett is served by London services (towards the end of a branch line) from Ash Vale station which is typically .7 miles (1.1 km) walking distance with a half-hourly service to London Waterloo, The other nearest railway stations are North Camp and Farnborough North on the North Downs Line, with services to Reading and Guildford but none direct to London. Farnborough (Main) on the South Western Main Line with services to Basingstoke and London Waterloo is beyond an ordinary walking distance (at 3 miles (4.8 km) by path or pavement).

The most regular bus is the number 3, which runs from Camberley to Aldershot every half an hour.[citation needed]

Rudolf Hess[edit]

On May 20, 1941, Rudolf Hess was transported from the Tower of London to Camp Z which was at Mytchett Place. This had been specially set up for his arrival with heavy security and bugging devices. Hess spent 13 months at Camp Z, which was the scene for one of his failed suicide attempts; he had thrown himself off a balcony on June 15, 1941.

The June 1942 move from Mytchett Place was to become notable following the release of MI5 files in 1999. Previously unfounded rumours had claimed that Hess was moved because intelligence reports indicated that a Polish group was planning to break into the Camp Z, kidnap Hess, and beat or kill him by way of revenge for Nazi atrocities in Poland. The MI5 files included a reference to reports of a gun battle between Polish soldiers and guards at Mytchett, although no precise details were given, so the link is not conclusive.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Census data
  2. ^ Secret Scotland

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