The first documented reference to ‘Virginia’ was in 1656, in the Egham parish burial register.
In her book Virginia Water, Neighbour to Windsor Great Park, Dorothy Davis states that Virginia Water would have been named after the British colony in North America, founded in the late 16th century and named after the ‘Virgin Queen’, Elizabeth I.
A house called “Virginia” was built there and acquired by Charles II after the Restoration. The lake was created, by ‘Butcher’ Cumberland, in the mid 1750s, by damming the ‘Virginia Water’ brook.
The Roman ruins at Virginia Water were imported from the Roman city of Lepis Magna, in the early 19th century. For more information please click (SHHER_10615).
The Railway station was opened in 1856 and small amount of housing development begin nearby. The Holloway Sanatorium was built north of the station in 1884.
There have been various historical and archaeological records relating to Virginia Water these are:
- Victorian Farm.
Trottsworth farm is a 19th century farm at the head of a small stream which was shown on the 1840 Egham tithe map. For more information please click (SHHER_14027).
- Watermill, Trumps Mill, Thorpe Parish
First mentioned in 1518 closed in 1909 and converted to a private house in 1930. For more information please click (SHHER_14233).
The Edward VII brig
There was once a boat that sailed on Virginia Water named the Edward VII, it was a 10 gun brig. The royal children, including The Prince of Wales, later Edward VIII, and the Duke of Kent, all enjoyed playing on her but she was scrapped in 1919 because of dry rot.