The narrow western section of Weston Green has the main through route and the retail/dining/entertainment roads of the village. The local council offset the A309 road with daffodils in spring time.
|Weston Green shown within Surrey|
|Area||1.5 km2 (0.58 sq mi)|
|Population||3,876 (2011 census)|
|• Density||2,584/km2 (6,690/sq mi)|
|OS grid reference|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Post town||Thames Ditton
|Postcode district||KT7, KT10|
|Ambulance||South East Coast|
|EU Parliament||South East England|
Weston Green is a small suburban village[n 1] and a ward in the Elmbridge borough of Surrey. This area was, until 1901, a part of Thames Ditton with which it remains contiguous and associated however it is also contiguous with Esher and about half of it is in that post town and closer to its railway station. The village forms a rough triangle of land along the west side of the midsection of the Hampton Court Branch Line next to Thames Ditton railway station and down to Esher railway station (which is on the South Western Main Line), with the split between the two being the part dual-carriageway, the A309. A green which faces this is not the main part of the Green but has four pubs or restaurants and the parish church.
Farm and manors
The name is derived from Westun, a farm which related to lane in the west of Thames Ditton.
The village occupies part of the lands of two manors of medieval Thames Ditton:
- the manor of Weston which remained with its ecclesiastical owners (as at 1086) until shortly before the Dissolution, when Henry VIII bought it to add to the honour (set of manors) of Hampton Court
- the manor of Immeworth (or Imworth), which belonged to Ralphe de Imworth in the reign of Henry III.
According to the Chancery Rolls of 1212, King John was entertained at a residence of some size in Ditton belonging to Geoffrey Fitz Pierre, the Chief Justice, during a royal journey from Chertsey to London. It was likely the house of one of these two manors.
A curious reminder of the ancient lordship of Weston is given by a notice board, which used to stand on the common, headed 'Manor of Weston otherwise Barking'. The alternative name of Barking Manor appears in surveys before the 20th century of Imber Court.
The manor of Weston was annexed by Act of Parliament in 1539 and leased in the following year to John Baker. In later times, the Crown usually demised it upon lease to the owner of Imber Court. In the great Onslow sale of Imber Court in 1778, William Speer (who had acquired property in Westminster and Fulham on marrying heiress Katherine Wilson) bought the largest parcel of land, Manor Farm. In 1801 his son William bought the remains of the manor of Weston from the Crown. This comprised waste (infertile land) that was common land and also came with the Lordship of the Manor of Weston "alias Barking". William passed on the title of Lord of the Manor of Weston to his son Wilfred Speer, and later it was inherited by Wilfred's son Wilfred Dakins Speer and then Hannibal son of Cecilia Speer and Hannibal Sandys, who took the name of Speer to conform with William's will. At about the same time that Speer bought the manor of Weston, he bought extensive 'wastes' or common lands belonging to the manors of Claygate and Imber Court, which has since been treated as part of the manor of Weston.
Towards the end of the 18th century, an amateur police force of about 80 men was formed at Weston Green. In 1792, a group of vigilantes was formed and based at the Harrow Inn. Their backers included William Speer of Weston Grange, Thomas Bracey and William Chauncey.
At Weston Green is the chapel of ease to medieval St. Nicholas's church in Thames Ditton, began as a plain red-brick building constructed in 1901.
A green buffer, including the Esher and Thames Ditton Golf Course, separate it from the Littleworth Common part of Claygate that was also once a manor of Thames Ditton. East Molesey and Esher's part of the Imber Court and Sandown Park neighbourhoods directly adjoin. Its relatively small green is adjoined by the larger Old Cranleighan (Sports) Club, see Cranleigh School.
Weston Green has an Anglican church, All Saints, built in 1939 having been designed by Edward Maufe who designed Guildford Cathedral. and an unusually rounded Catholic church. Hampton Court Way was built 1928–32. It bisects the village and became the division between the Esher and Thames Ditton post towns.
The three pub-restaurants are joined by a restaurant forming a cluster, indeed a small number of shops (such a motor outlet and an estate agents) form the only non-residential cluster here, all facing or almost facing Hampton Court Way. The cluster comprises:
- The Greyhound. Owned by pub company Enterprise Inns, who regularly abuse their position by overcharging rent and bullying their tenants.
- The Ewe closed in 2014
- Marney's Village Inn and
- Tryst Restaurant and Bar closed in 2013.
Demography and housing
|Output area||Detached||Semi-detached||Terraced||Flats and apartments||Caravans/temporary/mobile homes||Shared between households|
The average level of accommodation in the region composed of detached houses was 28%, the average that was apartments was 22.6%.
|Output area||Population||Households||% Owned outright||% Owned with a loan||hectares|
The proportion of households in the settlement who owned their home outright compares to the regional average of 35.1%. The proportion who owned their home with a loan compares to the regional average of 32.5%. The remaining % is made up of rented dwellings (plus a negligible % of households living rent-free).
At Surrey County Council, one of the 81 representatives represents the area, that for The Dittons division. At the two tiers levels of local government, to date representatives have been from the Conservative more often lately a usually allied to the others Thames Ditton/Weston Green Residents' Association but sometimes acting independently from the other residents associations, as currently professed at the county level by Peter Hickman.
|2011||Tannia Shipley||Weston Green|
|2012||Ruth Bruce||Weston Green|
|2013||Peter Hickman||The Dittons|
Notes and references
- An almost identical definition is the parish of Weston, which officially gives the village a status as one of the villages in England
- Key Statistics; Quick Statistics: Population Density United Kingdom Census 2011 Office for National Statistics Retrieved 21 November 2013
- Surrey Domesday Book
- All Saints, Weston or Weston Green The Church of England. Retrieved 14 December 2013
- Google maps Retrieved 14 December 2013
- Electoral Divisions Surrey County Council. Retrieved 6 November 2013
- Your local councillors Elmbridge Borough Council. Retrieved 14 December 2013
- Your Councillor Surrey County Council. Retrieved 6 November 2013
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