Weybridge end of Oatlands Drive
Oatlands shown within Surrey
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Oatlands is a village, before acquiring its own churches, part of Weybridge which remains its post town, in the north of the English county of Surrey on low, verdant ridges partially overlooking the River Thames. Oatlands acquired its name from the Royal Tudor and Stuart Oatlands Palace, the site of which is now a luxury hotel.
Administratively its Borough of Elmbridge electoral ward is Oatlands Park, and its Surrey electoral division is Walton South and Oatlands.
The village is elevated from the London Basin and has gentle slopes down to the old village in a slight dip and to Walton-on-Thames. The roads are characterised by many avenues and garden-fronted properties surrounded by parkland, no intersection by any major roads, with low rise apartments being a relatively common feature. The Weybridge Club spa resort and Broadwater lie to the north of the Oatlands Park Hotel within the lower London Basin. Several fine elevated views can be enjoyed from apartments on Oatlands Drive, reflected in names such as Ridgemount, Broadwater Place, Lakeside, Oakhill Gardens and Tower Grove. The architecture across the village is predominantly of classical, Georgian inspiration to complement the small group of terraced houses dating from the 18th and 19th centuries and grander, detached Georgian houses bordering on the approach to Monument Hill, which links Oatlands to Weybridge town centre. There are no dual carriageways around or within the village. The closest railway station is Walton-on-Thames railway station, 1/2 mile from St Marys, Oatlands church to the south-east of the village, with a 25-minute one stop service in the mornings and evenings to London Waterloo.
The soil even in the majority of the upland parts has few pockets of sand (supporting fern, gorse, bog and conifers) compared to Weybridge Heath and the large areas of West Surrey former proper heath on the Bagshot sand, with the general mixture of gravel and allevial deposits producing medium fertility and naturally conducive to open pasture or orchards.
In an approximately 4 acres (1.6 ha) park with outdoor pool and play areas, Oatlands Park is set back on its own drive on the south side of Oatlands Drive. This is opposite the Oatlands Park Hotel, the 19th Century building sited in the grounds of the former royal palace. Oatlands Park Hotel is a critically acclaimed high-end restaurant, wedding venue and reception venue. There is a parade of cafés, fishing and hunting shop, boutiques and a traditional pub in a very small suburban vale in the district. Oatlands Infants school, Cleves School and Walton Oak Junior School are within Oatlands.
The district of Oatlands contains an Iron Age burial ground, believed to be in the vicinity of St Mary Oatlands church.
Places of Worship
The parish of Oatlands is served by the Anglican church, St Mary Oatlands. Originally a chapel built in 1862, the Parish church was ordained in 1867 when the Parish of St Mary Walton in Walton-on-Thames was divided to reflect the increase in population owing to local industrialisation. The previous vicar, Malcolm Anker, retired in May 2005 and a new vicar, Andrew Parsons, has been appointed after a period of interregnum.In 2010 a new Vicar was appointed Rev Steve Brunn. In 2012 St Mary will be celebrating 150th anniversary.
The Christian Science Church founded by Mary Baker Eddy (not to be confused with The Church of Scientology) has a major centre of worship on Oatlands Drive in Oatlands.
The North West Surrey Synagogue is situated in Rosslyn Park, Oatlands.
Madeleine Albright, 64th United States Secretary of State, went to the school in Oatlands which has been converted into flats next to a large pub/restaurant, The Oatlands Chaser - formerly known as the Badger's Rest and The King's Manor.
- "Oatlands Park Hotel - History". Retrieved 2007-04-10.
- Elmbridge museum
- Lock, A.H. (1974). Surrey in 1815. A picture of Surrey life in 1815. Reading: Osprey Publishing. ISBN 0-85045-179-5.
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