Lower Sunbury is on the north bank of the River Thames with the historic centre alongside. Open areas adjoining the river break through in places but generally the built-up parts turn their backs on the river, and particularly at the eastern end form a very narrow, tightly developed urban environment with those properties on the north side of Thames Street. Views across the river from the southern towpath are, however, equally important, and the tower of St. Mary’s Church is particularly fine.

Sunbury, St Mary's Church, c.1955. Reproduced courtesy of The Francis Frith Collection

Sunbury, St Mary’s Church, c.1955
Reproduced courtesy of The Francis Frith Collection

During the 18th and 19th centuries Sunbury was little more than a small riverside village, with large mansions and their parkland in the surrounding area. In recent times, however, the area has seen housing development to the north and the riverside centre remains physically distinct as an area of character with many buildings of interest.

The narrowness of Thames Street, which is such an important part of its character, has also posed a major problem for modern traffic volumes and vehicles.

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5 thoughts on “Sunbury”

  1. Joyce Findlay says:

    Is there a guided tour of this area? I am looking for a guided tour of this area and I don’t recall asking this before

  2. Simon Feathers says:

    Hi Guys

    I have vague memories of a 1960’s pub in Sunbury Cross called the Bear. I remember sitting in my Dad’s Austin 7 outside the Bear while he was in there playing darts with his brother. It would have been about 1968 and he would bring us out crisps and a bottle of coke. I think the pub was demolished to make way for the M3.
    I’m just trying to find some pictures or information to satisfy a curious memory.



    1. Su Butler says:

      Hi Simon
      I think your memory is of Brown Bear at Hanworth it is just out of Sunbury district. The pub was located at the bottom of Snakey Lane and is now the roundabout under the A316 it was originally the Chertsey Road. So many of these places are going Sunbury has lost many, they are a great community tie for people!
      Link below to a photo and info of the pub.

      1. Simon Feathers says:

        Wow, thank you Sue, I think that would be the Pub. My Granddad Wally lived along the Hounslow road by the Duke of York and my Uncle Robert lived North of Hanworth air park so that location would fit very well. They used to talk about the pub becoming part of the road. We sat outside for ages in the car while they played darts, Dad was never a drinker but Wally and Bob used to sink a few pints. I’m sure that on occasions there was an eel and pie wagon outside but maybe that’s just wishful thinking.
        Thanks again and best wishes

  3. Jeanette Hayes says:

    Does anybody know where the marriage records are for St Mary’s Church, Sunbury between the years 1813 to 1906. There seems to be records for Baptisms and Burials but I can find nothing anywhere for marriages.
    I know there were lots, could it be the Register has gone missing and may yet turn up somewhere. I do hope so as many of my ancestors married in this church and I am unable to find out the surname of the bridges without the register.
    I seem to recall reading somewhere that this particular register had been borrowed and never returned but I cannot remember where I read it.
    Maybe somebody was trying to hide their past.

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