New Haw Lock
New Haw shown within Surrey
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New Haw // is a village in Surrey, England about 25 miles to the southwest of central London. It is located near the communities of Byfleet, West Byfleet, Woodham, Weybridge, Addlestone and Ottershaw.
The Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency, an executive agency of DEFRA, has its central laboratories located in New Haw. The laboratory is notable as being one of the principal test centres for the H5N1 virus.
There is little evidence of New Haw's history. The original village was situated around Crockford Park farm, bordering Addlestone. With the commuter boom of the 1950/60s the town grew to the southwest down Woodham Lane towards West Byfleet, and Woodham. The village now centres around the junction of Woodham Lane and the Scotland Bridge Road roundabout. A popular shopping area for locals is The Broadway, where a number of shops, public houses and restaurants are located.
"Haw" is an old word for "lock gate", and it is possible that New Haw developed following the installation of the "new" lock gate in 1653, near The White Hart pub.
In 1873 All Saints School was founded as a school for Poor Persons, probably with a grant from John Marshall-Paine, who had previously lived at Sayes Court, Addlestone. The school opened in 1874 and included accommodation for 92 pupils. School records show that there were frequent absences during harvesting or at other times when help was needed on the farms. Conditions at the school were far from ideal. The schoolroom was often in need of some repair, and during the winter of 1906 temperatures plummeted to 1°C (35 degrees Fahrenheit), and at one time the teacher of the infants was herself only 11 years old.
In 1911 the school became All Saints' Church. It is part of the diocese of Guildford. All Saints' New Haw has a thriving congregation including a range if youth activities and a full programme of events for all ages. In 2009 Bosco's and Claire's Cafe were added to the church buildings.
The village has a number of open spaces. The largest is Heathervale Park, a green space bordering the Basingstoke canal. Fullbrook school offers local residents athletic facilities, including a gym, football pitches, and tennis courts. There are number of public houses throughout the area, the Black Horse is towards Crockford Park Farm along New Haw Road, the Black Prince on the Woodham Lane and Scotland Bridge Road roundabout, the Claremont next to West Byfleet train station and The White Hart adjacent to the Wey Navigation on New Haw Road.
The village sits on the London-Waterloo to Portsmouth line.
Several aeroplanes are believed to have crashed in New Haw during the early decades of the 20th century. On 25 May 1912, an Avro Type F cabin monoplane landed upside down on nearby Addlestone Moor. Photographic evidence of this accident is held by Brooklands Museum.
The village's railway stations are West Byfleet and Byfleet and New Haw, which was originally called West Weybridge. These stations are on the slow Waterloo to Woking service, but West Byfleet station has access to several quicker services. Numerous bus services run through the village, most run by Travel Surrey, who also have their depot in the area.
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