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Shepperton

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In the many years Iíve known Shepperton it has hardly changed at all (apart from my favourite Off Licence closing) but then some towns donít need to, they are there mainly for the residents, not shoppers or office workers. There are quite a few small independent shops along the one main street and a couple of small supermarkets which provide most things you could want on a daily basis. It is a little hectic with cars parked either side of the main street but then what town isnít these days. The town is friendly though and on a human scale. That is the new part of part of the town, the High Street.

The old part of Shepperton is by the River Thames around Church Square (as seen in the photo) where you can find a hotel, a few good pubs and restaurants. This area has retained all its charm and you could almost imagine when you are standing in the square that you had been transported back a few hundred years. One of my favourite pubs, right on the river, is Thames Court, which is further along the river towpath towards Chertsey, where Iíve enjoyed some long relaxing lunches, although you have to pick your time as it does get busy especially in the Summer.

Shepperton is of course famous for its film studios which are still thriving although they have recently merged with Pinewood. They have a great history in the industry and two of my favourite films were made there Carol Reedís, The Third Man with Orson Welles and Joseph Cotten and John Hustonís ĎThe African Queení with Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn. The studios are towards Laleham over the M3 which bisects the town.

Shepperton is in Middlesex near the border with Surrey. It lies between the Thames river bridges at Chertsey and Walton so gets plenty of through traffic. It has a rail station with a direct service to London which is in the new part of the town just beyond the High Street. It is the end of the line for trains coming from London through Kingston and Teddington.

Shepperton is mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086 like so many towns in this area. The name Shepperton is derived from Shepherdís Town and there is still a street called Sheepís Walk. There has been a church where St Nicholas now stands in Church Square since at least the 12C; the current church dates from the early 17C. The town is certainly worth a visit if you are in the area.



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