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Surbiton, is a suburban area of south-west London within the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames. It is situated next to the River Thames, 11.0 miles south west of central London (12 miles by rail from London Waterloo). Surbiton was formerly within the County of Surrey, but became part of Greater London in 1965 following the London Government Act 1963, together with many areas including neighbouring Kingston upon Thames and Richmond, London. Surbiton possesses a mixture of Art-Deco courts, more recent residential blocks and grand 19th century townhouses blending into a sea of semi-detached 20th century housing estates.

History

:''See the article on Thomas Pooley for his rôle in the establishment of the present-day town of Surbiton.''

:''See also the article on the Municipal Borough of Surbiton for the period 1855 – 1965.''


The present-day town came into existence after a plan to build a London-Portsmouth railway line through nearby Kingston upon Thames was rejected by Kingston Council, who feared that it would be detrimental to the coaching trade. This resulted in the line being routed further south, through a cutting in the hill south of Surbiton. Surbiton railway station opened in 1838, and was originally named ''Kingston-upon-Railway''. It was only renamed ''Surbiton'' to distinguish it from the new Kingston railway station (London) on the Shepperton branch line, which opened on 1 January 1869. The present station has a fine art deco façade.

As a result, Kingston is now on a branch line, whereas passengers from Surbiton (smaller in comparison) can reach London Waterloo station in about 15 minutes on a fast direct service; as well as places further afield, including Portsmouth and Southampton. This has made Surbiton a convenient and attractive location from which to commute into Central London, reflected in the size of its population. Surbiton station is located within Zone 6 of the London Transport Zones. Surbiton, is a suburban area of south-west London within the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames. It is situated next to the River Thames, 11.0 miles south west of central London (12 miles by rail from London Waterloo). Surbiton was formerly within the County of Surrey, but became part of Greater London in 1965 following the London Government Act 1963, together with many areas including neighbouring Kingston upon Thames and Richmond, London. Surbiton possesses a mixture of Art-Deco courts, more recent residential blocks and grand 19th century townhouses blending into a sea of semi-detached 20th century housing estates.

Resident artists and writers

The Pre-Raphaelite painters John Everett Millais (1829–1896) and William Holman Hunt (1827–1910) came to Surbiton in 1851, 26 years before Richard Jefferies (1848–1887). Millais used the Hogsmill River, in Six Acre Meadow, Tolworth, as the background for his painting ''Ophelia (painting)''.http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1290887/Amateur-sleuth-discovers-site-Sir-John-Millais-painted-famous-Ophelia.html Holman Hunt used the fields just south of this spot as the background to ''The Hireling Shepherd''.http://www.manchestergalleries.org/the-collections/search-the-collection/display.php?EMUSESSID=1828ea76fa2d8c31480c6725ca3ed106&irn=195

In the mid-1870s the novelist Thomas Hardy (1840–1928) lived in a house called 'St. David's Villa' in Hook Road, Surbiton for a year after his marriage to Emma Gifford. H.G.Wells, in his comic novel The Wheels of Chance, describes the cycle collision of 'Mr Hoopdriver' and a 'Young Lady in Grey'; the young lady approaching 'along an affluent from the villas of Surbiton'. The writer Enid Blyton (1897–1968) was governess to a Surbiton family for four years from 1920, at a house called 'Southernhay', also on the Hook Road. Mr Middleton (1886-1945), who broadcast on gardening during the Second World War, lived in Surbiton, where he died suddenly outside his home.Daniel Smith (2011) ''The Spade as Mighty as the Sword''
The artist who brought Rupert the Bear to life for a whole generation Alfred Bestall sketched out his cartoons from his home in Crane's Park, Surbiton Hill. Surbiton, is a suburban area of south-west London within the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames. It is situated next to the River Thames, 11.0 miles south west of central London (12 miles by rail from London Waterloo). Surbiton was formerly within the County of Surrey, but became part of Greater London in 1965 following the London Government Act 1963, together with many areas including neighbouring Kingston upon Thames and Richmond, London. Surbiton possesses a mixture of Art-Deco courts, more recent residential blocks and grand 19th century townhouses blending into a sea of semi-detached 20th century housing estates.

In popular culture

A 1972 episode of ''Monty Python's Flying Circus'' featured a mock documentary which investigated whether the residents of Hounslow, another London area suburb, had long ago been descendants of the people of Surbiton "who had made the great trek north."''Monty Python's Flying Circus'', Episode #28, first aired 28 October 1972

Surbiton's main claim to popular fame is as an icon of suburbia in such British television programmes as ''The Good Life (1975 TV series)'' (starring Richard Briers, Penelope Keith, Paul Eddington and Felicity Kendal), though location filming was done in Northwood, London, North-West London),[http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/1251547.stm The Good Life house for sale] and John Sessions' comedy series ''Stella Street'', which has on occasion led to the town being nicknamed "Suburbiton". Other names for the town include "the 'Surbs" and "the 'Tron" in reference to '80s movies ''The 'Burbs'' and ''Tron''.

Surbiton station features in the 2009 film version of ''Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film),'' with actors Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter and Michael Gambon as Albus Dumbledore. Filming took place in November 2007.[http://www.thisislocallondon.co.uk/news/1839369.harry_potter_film_on_location_in_surbiton/ thisislocallondon.co.uk] The station also appears in Agatha Christie's Poirot: ''The Adventure of the Clapham Cook'', a TV adaptation of the short story by Agatha Christie and the first episode of the 1989 ITV (TV network) series. Having been set in the 1930s[http://www.amazon.co.uk/Agatha-Christies-Poirot-Collection-DVD/dp/B000BAZDKQ Poirot at Amazon.co.uk] Art Deco period and external shots of Hercule Poirot fictional residence ''Whitehaven Mansions'' being filmed at Florin Court,http://www.agathachristie.com/insight/christie-news/2011/06/16/poirots-apartment/ the station assists in maintaining the authenticity of the programme and was built within a year of Florin Court.

Surbiton additionally receives an offhand mention in the seventh chapter of the James Bond novel ''On Her Majesty's Secret Service (novel)'' (1963) by Ian Fleming, whilst Sable Basilisk is discussing heraldry with Bond.[http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=MkH504QgSKsC&dq=on+her+majestys&q=surbiton#v=onepage&q=surbiton&f=false On Her Majesty's Secret Service by Ian Fleming (Page 89)]

The guitarist and singer-songwriter Eric Clapton purchased one of his first guitars from a shop in Surbiton called ''Bells''; although the shop has since closed.[http://www.christies.com/lotfinder/books-manuscripts/a-late-1950s-hofner-club-60-1525990-details.aspx?from=searchresults&intObjectID=1525990&sid=775d57e0-50bb-4a69-95ac-6c7be096a7fb christies.com]

In the episode of EastEnders broadcast on the 23 November 2012, Ava Hartman, daughter of Cora Cross, refers to her difficulties of being a black woman growing up in Surbiton in the late 60's and 70's adopted by white parents. Surbiton, is a suburban area of south-west London within the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames. It is situated next to the River Thames, 11.0 miles south west of central London (12 miles by rail from London Waterloo). Surbiton was formerly within the County of Surrey, but became part of Greater London in 1965 following the London Government Act 1963, together with many areas including neighbouring Kingston upon Thames and Richmond, London. Surbiton possesses a mixture of Art-Deco courts, more recent residential blocks and grand 19th century townhouses blending into a sea of semi-detached 20th century housing estates.

Transport links

London bus services through Surbiton


* 65 – (Chessington to Ealing Broadway via Surbiton, Kingston, Richmond and Brentford) '''Night Service'''
* 71 – (Chessington to Kingston via Surbiton)
* 281 – (Tolworth to Hounslow via Surbiton, Kingston, Teddington, Twickenham and Whitton) '''24 Hour'''
* 406 – (Epsom to Kingston via Tolworth and Surbiton Hill Road)
* 418 – (Epsom to Kingston via Ruxley Lane, Tolworth and Surbiton Hill Road)
* 465 – (Dorking to Kingston)
* K1 – (New Malden to Kingston via Tolworth Hospital and Surbiton)
* K2 – (Hook to Kingston Hospital via Tolworth, Berrylands, Surbiton and Kingston)
* K3 – (Roehampton Vale to Esher via Kingston Hospital, Surbiton and Claygate)
* K4 – (Mansfield Park to Kingston Hospital via Hook, Surbiton and Villiers Road) '''Not on Sundays''' Surbiton, is a suburban area of south-west London within the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames. It is situated next to the River Thames, 11.0 miles south west of central London (12 miles by rail from London Waterloo). Surbiton was formerly within the County of Surrey, but became part of Greater London in 1965 following the London Government Act 1963, together with many areas including neighbouring Kingston upon Thames and Richmond, London. Surbiton possesses a mixture of Art-Deco courts, more recent residential blocks and grand 19th century townhouses blending into a sea of semi-detached 20th century housing estates.

Education

:''For education in Surbiton see the main Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames#Education article.'' Surbiton, is a suburban area of south-west London within the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames. It is situated next to the River Thames, 11.0 miles south west of central London (12 miles by rail from London Waterloo). Surbiton was formerly within the County of Surrey, but became part of Greater London in 1965 following the London Government Act 1963, together with many areas including neighbouring Kingston upon Thames and Richmond, London. Surbiton possesses a mixture of Art-Deco courts, more recent residential blocks and grand 19th century townhouses blending into a sea of semi-detached 20th century housing estates.

Sport

From 1998 to 2008 Surbiton hosted the first round of the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) season. The Surbiton Trophy was part of the ATP Challenger Series and in 2009 the venue was moved to Nottingham as part of a reorganisation by the LTA.

Surbiton is the current home of both male and female football teams, Darkside FC, Surbiton Wanderers and Surbiton Town Ladies FC.

Surbiton is famous for Surbiton Hockey Club, which was established in 1874, and is regarded as one of the best hockey clubs in the country. Its men's and ladies 1st XIs currently both playing in their respective national premier leagues, while its youth section regularly produces players of international quality.

Surbiton is also the home to Surbiton Croquet Club, which is amongst the strongest croquet clubs in the country, and with seven lawns, one of the largest. Surbiton, is a suburban area of south-west London within the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames. It is situated next to the River Thames, 11.0 miles south west of central London (12 miles by rail from London Waterloo). Surbiton was formerly within the County of Surrey, but became part of Greater London in 1965 following the London Government Act 1963, together with many areas including neighbouring Kingston upon Thames and Richmond, London. Surbiton possesses a mixture of Art-Deco courts, more recent residential blocks and grand 19th century townhouses blending into a sea of semi-detached 20th century housing estates.

Notable people

* George Best — a footballer who died there (having been born in Belfast and lived much of his life in Manchester)
* Alfred Bestall — illustrator of the Rupert bookshttp://openplaques.org/plaques/41
* Charlie Brooks — actress
* Jane Campbell, Baroness Campbell of Surbiton — equality and human rights champion
* Maria Caterina Rosalbina Caradori-Allan — opera singer
* Julian Clary — comedian and novelist
* John Cooper (car maker) — car maker
* Allan Cuthbertson — actor
* Edward Davey — Cabinet Minister
* Phyllis Dixey — singer, dancer and impresario
* David Essex — musician, singer-songwriter and actor (Lived on Ditton Road for 16 years until 2002)
* John Foxx — musician and digital artist (Former Resident)
* Lefi Ganderson — legendary goat boy who lived on Mount Seething
* Eileen Gray (cyclist) — cyclisthttp://www.surreycomet.co.uk/news/9672933.Cycling_pioneer_in_line_for_award/r/?ref=surbiton.com
* Jennifer Guy — actor, ''Cavegirl''
* Thomas Hardy — author (while completing and for the publishing of Far from the Madding Crowd)
* Eamonn Holmes — television presenter
* Saskia Howard-Clarke — Big Brother 6 (UK) contestant and glamour model
* James Johnston (rugby union) — Rugby union player (Lived in Surbiton until 2013 while playing for Harlequin F.C.)https://twitter.com/JayVJohnston July 2013
* Art Malik — actor
* John McCririck — Horse racing, Celebrity Big Brother 2005 (UK) (2005), and Ultimate Big Brother (2010)
* James McQuillan — contestant on television series ''The Apprentice (UK TV series)'', 2009
* Mr Middleton — gardener, writer and BBC broadcaster
* Elizabeth Norton — historian and author
* Betty Nuthall — amongst other major titles, winner of the 1930 Women's US Singles Tennis Championship. Ranked number 4 in the world.
* Andy Parsons — comedian, Mock The Week
* Jon Richardson (entertainer) — comedian, 8 out of 10 Cats, Stand Up for the Week
* William Robinson (Governor of Western Australia) grew up in Surbiton.
* Helen Sharman — first Briton in space, first woman to visit Mir space station.
* David Spinx — actor Surbiton, is a suburban area of south-west London within the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames. It is situated next to the River Thames, 11.0 miles south west of central London (12 miles by rail from London Waterloo). Surbiton was formerly within the County of Surrey, but became part of Greater London in 1965 following the London Government Act 1963, together with many areas including neighbouring Kingston upon Thames and Richmond, London. Surbiton possesses a mixture of Art-Deco courts, more recent residential blocks and grand 19th century townhouses blending into a sea of semi-detached 20th century housing estates.

Local geography

{{Geographic location
|title = '''Destinations from Surbiton'''
|Northwest = Hampton, London, East Molesey
|North = Kingston Upon Thames, Petersham, London
|Northeast = Kingston Upon Thames
|West = Thames Ditton
|Centre = Surbiton
|East = Berrylands
|Southwest = Long Ditton, Hinchley Wood
|South = Chessington
|Southeast = Tolworth
}} Surbiton, is a suburban area of south-west London within the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames. It is situated next to the River Thames, 11.0 miles south west of central London (12 miles by rail from London Waterloo). Surbiton was formerly within the County of Surrey, but became part of Greater London in 1965 following the London Government Act 1963, together with many areas including neighbouring Kingston upon Thames and Richmond, London. Surbiton possesses a mixture of Art-Deco courts, more recent residential blocks and grand 19th century townhouses blending into a sea of semi-detached 20th century housing estates.

Gallery

Image:SurbitonClockTower.JPG|The clock tower at Surbiton was built to celebrate the 1902 coronation of King Edward VII.
Image:SurbitonPlace.JPG|Claremont Road in Surbiton.
Image:Surbiton.JPG|Shops in Victoria Road, Surbiton.
Image:Surbiton War Memorial - geograph.org.uk - 1077838.jpg|Surbiton War Memorial
File:St Andrew's Road - geograph.org.uk - 1077767.jpg|St Andrew's Road in central Surbiton, with St Andrew's Church in the background
Image:SomewhereinSurbiton.JPG|The roundabout outside Surbiton railway station
Image:Surbitonbus.JPG|The bus shelter outside Surbiton railway station.
Image:Surbiton Branch Office AD 1898, c.1994 - Flickr - sludgegulper.jpg|Surbiton Branch Post Office, subsequently redeveloped by CNM Estates.
Image:Surbiton fire station - geograph.org.uk - 472247.jpg|Surbiton Fire Station Surbiton, is a suburban area of south-west London within the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames. It is situated next to the River Thames, 11.0 miles south west of central London (12 miles by rail from London Waterloo). Surbiton was formerly within the County of Surrey, but became part of Greater London in 1965 following the London Government Act 1963, together with many areas including neighbouring Kingston upon Thames and Richmond, London. Surbiton possesses a mixture of Art-Deco courts, more recent residential blocks and grand 19th century townhouses blending into a sea of semi-detached 20th century housing estates.

References

Surbiton, is a suburban area of south-west London within the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames. It is situated next to the River Thames, 11.0 miles south west of central London (12 miles by rail from London Waterloo). Surbiton was formerly within the County of Surrey, but became part of Greater London in 1965 following the London Government Act 1963, together with many areas including neighbouring Kingston upon Thames and Richmond, London. Surbiton possesses a mixture of Art-Deco courts, more recent residential blocks and grand 19th century townhouses blending into a sea of semi-detached 20th century housing estates.

External links

* [http://www.kingston.gov.uk/su.asp Kingston Borough Council]
* [http://encyclopedia.jrank.org/STE_SUS/SURBITON.html Surbiton] - 1911 Encyclopædia Britannica article
* [http://www.surbitonpeople.co.uk Surbiton People]
* [http://www.surbitoncroquet.org.uk Surbiton Croquet Club]
* [http://www.surbitoncaledonian.co.uk/index.html Surbiton Caledonian Society]





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