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Surbiton History

Historic Surbiton

Surbiton Through History
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Surbiton is home to a number of historic landmarks, including the factory that was the birthplace of the Mini Cooper, the car was first made in the TDV building, which is now signposted with a commemorative plaque. This building was once thought to be one of the most influential car racing factories in the world.

You’ll find a house named ‘St David’s Villa’, on Hook Road; the house was once the residence of the famed writer Thomas Hardy. Historic buildings in the area also include St Mark’s Church, which is the oldest church in the area, dating all the way back to 1845. Surbiton Clock Tower was also built in 1902, in commemoration of King Edward VII.

History of Surbiton

Surbiton was once in the County of Surrey but in 1965 it became part of Greater London. The name Surbiton can be dated back as far as the 12th C, with evidence that people settled in Surbiton as early as 1179, it was then known as ‘Surberton.’ Surbiton was originally a very rural area with a small amount of farmland, a large area of Surbiton was owed by Maple Farm, before been bought by Thomas Pooley, who developed it into a small town.

The addition of railway changed the landscape of Surbiton, the arrival in the 1830’s of rail saw an influx of residents, and by 1840 there were over 200 new homes in the area with the further building of 900 underway. The railway station is a classic Art Deco building and beautiful in its own right.

Modern Day Surbiton

A stroll on Queens Promenade next to the Thames is just one of the simple pleasures of living in Surbiton today, it is peaceful, with a considerable low crime rate for London. There is a strong sense of community and neighbourhood among the tree-lined residential streets, with plenty of restaurants and bars to enjoy. Surbiton benefits from strong transport links, ideal for those commuting from this leafy suburban.