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Addlestone is a small town just off Junction 11 of the M25 between Chertsey and Weybridge. It used to be noted for its many specialist electrical shops which may have been due in some part to Plessey and then Marconi having business premises there at one time. Unfortunately the businesses have gone as have the Electrical shops which have been replaced with spanking new council offices.
There is a huge, 2 storey, Tesco that dominates the main shopping street, Station Road, the ‘High Street’ having disappeared as the main street a long time ago. The Tesco is 24hr, has plenty of free parking and is always busy and bustling during the day. Apart from an Iceland store most of the rest of Station Road consists of small shops and businesses.
Addlestone train station is right next door to Tesco and is on the Chertsey branch line; you can get to London in 50 minutes if you go via Weybridge, a little slower if you go via Feltham. To the south of the main shopping street is part of the 19C Wey and Arun canal. The canal is being lovingly restored and you can walk or cycle the whole 23 mile length and take in the glorious unspoilt scenery if you’re feeling fit enough or take a boat along the navigable parts. There are a couple of nice pubs along the 'Wey' if you get thirsty. The canal was built to connect the River Thames (London) to the English Channel and was for a long time forgotten about and in many respects still is.
Victory Park is a large park to the north of the main street, with a playground for children, tennis courts, bowling green and a few football pitches; a good place for a picnic. Near the park is the famous Crouch Oak one of the oldest trees in the country, supposedly originating in the 11C and once forming part of the boundary of Windsor Great Park.
Addlestone was from early times a farming area serving Chertsey Abbey as well as the surrounding villages. Some of the farms from the early 18C are still there e.g. Crockford Bridge Farm and Hatch Farm. The advent of the canal and the building of the Mill at Coxes Lock in the 18C began the transformation from sleepy hamlet to town which was accelerated further by the arrival of the Railway station in 1848.
Addlestone is still a small town with a great sense of community but it is in need of some further regeneration which hopefully will bring back better times for the town as when it built aircraft and the Routemaster bus.