Weybridge is named because it was a crossing point of the River Wey which flows into the Thames nearby. The building of Oatlands Palace was begun by Henry VIII in 1537. In the early 19th century the Oatlands estate belonged to Frederick, Duke of York (1763-1827), a son of George III.

Oatlands, Weybridge, belonging to Frederick, Duke of York Surrey History Centre ref. 4348/4/26/3

Oatlands, Weybridge, belonging to Frederick, Duke of York
Surrey History Centre ref. 4348/4/26/3

The Wey Navigation canal was built in 1653 by Richard Weston of Sutton Place, with the aim of making better trade links between this part of Surrey and the growing city of London. The modern era began in Weybridge when the London to Southampton railway opened in 1838, giving people who lived in Weybridge quick access to London.

A large number of housing developments followed in the 20th century, especially on the still fashionable and exclusive St George’s Hill. Many houses were built there by the well known local builder and developer W G Tarrant.

Click here to see the catalogue of the St James, Weybridge,  Parish Records (1686-1954) held at the Surrey History Centre.

Further information

Search...Search for records related to Weybridge on this website

Elmbridge Borough Council – History of Weybridge

Leave a Comment

Comments posted using the form below will be published on the website. It is therefore recommended that you do not include any personal details or contact information in the comment.

If you have a question and want to provide personal details we recommend you use the 'Contact Us' form instead.

Your email address will not be published but it may be used to contact you with a reply to your comment. Required fields are marked *