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Ottershaw is located in Surrey
 Ottershaw shown within Surrey
Area  2.08 km2 (0.80 sq mi)
Population 2,853 (Civil Parish)[1]
   – density  1,372/km2 (3,550/sq mi)
District Runnymede
Shire county Surrey
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town CHERTSEY
Postcode district KT16
Dialling code 01932
Police Surrey
Fire Surrey
Ambulance South East Coast
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament Runnymede and Weybridge
List of places

Coordinates: 51°21′46″N 0°31′50″W / 51.3628°N 0.5306°W / 51.3628; -0.5306

Ottershaw Memorial Garden

Ottershaw is a village in the Runnymede district of Surrey, England about 20 miles to the south-west of London. It is part of the mixed rural and suburban Foxhills ward and is part of the ecclesiastical parish of Ottershaw first established in 1864 in what was part of the parish of Chertsey.[2]

Immediately surrounding settlements are West Byfleet, Woodham, Addlestone and Chertsey.

A significant landmark is Christ Church. This was the gift of one man, Sir Thomas Edward Colebrooke (1813–1890), who came to live in Ottershaw in 1859. He provided sufficient land from his estate for a church, churchyard and vicarage, paid all the construction costs and endowed the church with £100 per year.[3][4] There is a junior school linked to this church.[5] A boarding school for boys, Ottershaw School, was founded in 1948 in Ottershaw Park; it closed in 1980. The school buildings were converted for residential use.

The Ottershaw Society has carried out a comprehensive historical survey of the village that records the current village and its historical background. It is illustrated with over 1,000 photographs of the village as it is now and many historical illustrations from the mid-19th century to the present time, and includes older residents' memories and various other historical written material.


The village has two pubs: the Otter, which has a restaurant, and the Castle in Brox Road; and an Indian restaurant: the Otters Spicy Cottage. Ottershaw is home of Foxhills Golf Club.

Notable residents[edit]

  • Oliver James, musician and actor, was born in 1980 in Ottershaw
  • The historian John Romer was born and educated in Ottershaw
  • Hannah Russell, British Paralympic swimmer, was born in Chertsey and lives in Ottershaw. At the 2012 Summer Paralympic Games she won silver in the S12 400m freestyle, and bronze in the 100m butterfly – setting a new British record, and bronze in the 100m backstroke.[6]

Ottershaw in literature[edit]

In the book The War of the Worlds by H G Wells, the fictional narrator is invited to an observatory in Ottershaw.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Key Statistics; Quick Statistics: Population Density United Kingdom Census 2011 Office for National Statistics Retrieved 31 October 2014
  2. ^ Parish of Ottershaw i.e. village status retrieved 2014-10-31
  3. ^ "Our History". Christ Church Ottershaw. Retrieved 25 February 2014. 
  4. ^ Binns, Sheila (2014). Sir Edward Colebrooke of Abington and Ottershaw, Baronet and Member of Parliament: The Four Lives of an Extraordinary Victorian. Grosvenor House Publishing Ltd. ISBN 978 17814 86948. 
  5. ^ Christ Church Junior School
  6. ^ Oxtoby, Tom (17 September 2012). "Paralympic paradise for Ottershaw’s Hannah Russell". Woking News & Mail. Retrieved 21 February 2012. 

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