Ottershaw is a village in the Runnymede district of Surrey, England about 20 miles to the south-west of London. It is in the mixed rural and suburban Foxhills ward and is part of the ecclesiastical parish of Ottershaw first established as a chapelry in 1865 in what was part of the parish of Addlestone, itself then a new parish. It became a parish in its own right in 1871. It is outside of and adjoins the M25 motorway's circuit of London.
|Area||2.08 km2 (0.80 sq mi)|
|Population||2,853 (Civil Parish 2011)|
|• Density||1,372/km2 (3,550/sq mi)|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Ambulance||South East Coast|
|EU Parliament||South East England|
Economy and transportEdit
Ottershaw is largely a mixture of a London commuter belt and a retirement settlement and its nearest passenger trains to London leave from Addlestone railway station, centred 2.5 miles (4.0 km) east, on a branch line, with two others on a main line a slightly greater distance to the south — the principal one which has frequent, semi-fast services to London being West Byfleet.
The motorway network can be accessed slightly closer and without intervening settlements at Junction 10 (M25) known as "Chertsey" for popular identification sat high on a boundary of the more recently established communities of Ottershaw and Addlestone.
A significant landmark is Christ Church. Sir Edward Colebrooke (1813–90), who bought the Ottershaw Park estate in 1859, built the church on his estate as a memorial to his deceased son and heir. From its consecration in 1864, it was opened to the local community for worship.
A junior school here is linked to this church. 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 comparative, now and then, survey of the village comprising more than 1,000 images (photographs and illustrations) from the mid-19th century to the present time, older residents' memories and various other historical written material. The Victoria County History collaborative historians' work captures the village under its Chertsey entries, as with Addlestone, considering in its 1910s edition some ties to Chertsey remained strong.
Foxhills Golf Club is in the more rural western side of the area. The village has two pubs: the Otter, which has a restaurant, and the Castle in Brox Road. It also has an Indian restaurant, the Otters Spicy Cottage. Ottershaw FC play their home games at Ottershaw Rec and play in the Guildford & Woking Alliance Premier Division. Last Season they won the Final of the Woking Tigers Charity Cup in their first season.
- Oliver James, musician and actor, was born in 1980 in Ottershaw.
- John Romer, Egyptologist and historian, 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.
- Robert Sewell, Attorney General of Jamaica and British MP, was born at Ottershaw Park.
Ottershaw in literatureEdit
- Key Statistics; Quick Statistics: Population Density United Kingdom Census 2011 Office for National Statistics Retrieved 31 October 2014
- Parish of Ottershaw i.e. village status retrieved 2014-10-31
- 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 978-17814-8694-8.
- Christ Church Junior School Archived 2007-02-05 at the Wayback Machine.
- 'Parishes: Chertsey', in A History of the County of Surrey: Volume 3, ed. H E Malden (London, 1911), pp. 403-413. British History Online http://www.british-history.ac.uk/vch/surrey/vol3/pp403-413 [includes subsections for Addlestone and Ottershaw]
- Oxtoby, Tom (17 September 2012). "Paralympic paradise for Ottershaw's Hannah Russell". Woking News & Mail. Retrieved 21 February 2012.