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Woking Surrey: A large town, civil parish and local government district located in the county of Surrey, Woking has a population of over 62,000 and is within London’s commuter belt, being just 23 miles from central London. Settled since Saxon times (and possibly earlier), Woking was recorded as Wochinges in the Domesday Book of 1086.

The original settlement is now known as Old Woking, whilst modern Woking is gathered around the railway station which was originally built some distance outside the town, and the Basingstoke Canal, which opened in 1794. Woking has good road and rail links with central London and the South-West of England.

Woking Population: 62,796

Woking Postcode: GU21 and GU22

Woking Dialling Code: 01483

Woking Co-Ordinates: 51.3162°N - 0.561°W

Woking Council:

Woking Borough Council - Address: Civil Offices, Gloucester Square, Woking, Surrey, GU21 6YL. Telephone Number: 01483 755 855.

Woking is a large commuter town of over 60,000 people, it has excellent facilities including the Peacocks shopping centre and a large leisure centre, with the “Pool in the Park” swimming complex.

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Woking History: First recorded in an Anglo Saxon document of the 8th century, Woking was originally known as Wochingas (or Wocchingas), which means “people of Wocca”, and was the site of a monastery situated beside the River Wey in Surrey. Later mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086, when it was listed as Wochinges, and held by, among others, William the Conqueror himself.

Site of a medieval palace (Woking Palace) since 1272, and much favoured by King Henry VII, the town witnessed the signing of the “Treaty of Woking” in 1490, between Henry VII and Maximillian of Austria. Woking Palace eventually fell into decline after being given to Sir Edward Zouch by King James I.

Woking continued life as a market town of no particular importance right up until the 19th century, when the arrival of the railway in 1838 brought more people to the area. The new Woking Common Station, was however, built some distance from the town centre, and the demand for accommodation and services, resulted in the town shifting somewhat to the areas around the station (and also the Bridgewater Canal), starting with the Railway Hotel.

Further growth occurred after the establishment of a new cemetery on Woking Common, to service the increasing demands of London, where few cemetery spaces existed.

The original settlement of Woking beside the River Wey, subsequently became known as Old Woking.

The name Woking was further brought to International notice when it was included in the H G Wells novel “The War of the Worlds” (1898), where it was the first landing place of the invading Martians.

Modern day Woking is a large commuter town of over 60,000 people, it has excellent facilities including the Peacocks shopping centre and a large leisure centre, with the “Pool in the Park” swimming complex.

Woking Map: Shown to the right is a Google satellite map of Woking, giving an interesting view of the town in Surrey. Also visible on this Woking map are the areas of Horsell, Shearwater, St John's, Old Woking, Mayford and Mimbridge. (MAP)

Towns and villages near Woking: Addlestone, Bisley, Brooklands, Byfleet, Castle Green, Chobham, Cobham, Deepcut, Downside, East Clandon, Effingham, Goldsworth Park, Hook Heath, Horsell, Jacobs Well, Knaphill, Martyr's Green, Maybury, Mayford, Mimbridge, New Haw, Ockham, Old Woking, Ottershaw, Pirbright, Pyrford, Row Town, Send, Send Marsh, Sheerwater, Stonehill, Stoughton, Sutton Green, West Byfleet, West Clandon, West End, West Horsley, Wisley, Woodham, Worplesdon, Worplesdon Hill.

Woking Library:

Woking Library - Address: Gloucester Walk, Woking, Surrey GU21 6EP. Telephone Number: 01483 770591. (LIBRARY MAP)

Woking Churches:

Church of St Mary the Virgin - Address: The Vicarage, Wilson Way, Woking GU21 4QJ. Telephone: 01483 772 134.

St Mark's C of E Church - Address: 66 Westfield Road, Woking, Surrey, GU22 9NG. Telephone Number: 01483 770 779.

St Mary of Bethany C of E Church - Address: Mount Hermon Road, Woking, Surrey, GU22 7UH. Telephone Number: 01483 761 269.

Trinity Methodist Church - Address: Brewery Road, Woking, Surrey, GU21 4LH. Telephone Number: 01483 730 754.

Woking Mosque (Shah Jahan Mosque): The Shah Jahan Mosque in Woking was built in 1889 by Hungarian-British Jew and orientalist Gottlieb Wilhelm Leitner, as a place where students studying at Woking's Oriental Institute could worship. The construction of this mosque was in part funded by Sultan Shah Jahan, the female head of the princely state of Bhopal in Central India. The Shah Jahan Mosque was constructed using Bath and Bargate stone in the Indo-Saracenic Revival style, the design was by a British architect called W L Chambers, who carefully researched books on Islamic architecture so as to construct an authentic looking structure. This listed (Grade II) building with its minarets, dome, courtyard, geometric patterns and calligraphy designs is the oldest mosque in Great Britain and was the United Kingdom's first proper place of worship for Islam, many people just call it "The Woking Mosque". (WOKING MOSQUE MAP)

Woking Crematorium:

Address: Hermitage Rd, Woking, Surrey GU21 8TJ UK. Telephone Number: 01483 472197. (CREMATORIUM)

Woking Hospital:

Woking Community Hospital - Heathside Road, Woking, Surrey GU22 7HS. Tel: 01483 715911. (HOSPITAL MAP)

Woking Schools:

Woking High School - Address: Morton Road, Horsell, Woking, Surrey, GU21 4TJ. Telephone Number: 01483 888 447.

Winston Churchill County Secondary School - Address: Hermitage Road, Woking GU21 8TL. Telephone: 01483 476 861.

The Bishop David Brown School - Address: Albert Drive, Woking, Surrey, GU21 5RF. Telephone Number: 01932 350 191.

St Andrews School Woking - Address: Church Hill House, Wilson Way, Woking, Surrey GU21 4QW. Telephone Number: 01483 760 943.

St John the Baptist School - Address: Elmbridge Lane, Woking, Surrey, GU22 9AL. Telephone Number: 01483 729 343.

Hoe Bridge School - Address: 224 Old Woking Road, Woking, Surrey GU22 8JE. Telephone Number: 01483 722 611.

Ripley Court School - Address: Rose Lane, Ripley, Woking, Surrey GU23 6NE. Telephone Number: 01483 225 217.

Knaphill Junior School - Address: High Street, Knaphill, Woking, Surrey, GU21 2QH. Telephone Number: 01483 888 899.

Woking College:

Woking College - Rydens Way, Woking, Surrey GU22 9DL. Telephone Number: 01483 761 036.

Woking Cinema:

Ambassadors Theatre - The Peacock Centre, Woking, Surrey GU21 6GQ. Tel:‎ 01483 545945. (CINEMA MAP)

Woking Theatre:

New Victoria Theatre - Peacocks Centre, Woking, Surrey GU21 6GQ . Tel: 0844 871 7645. (THEATRE MAP)

The New Victoria Theatre Woking - The New Victoria Theatre situated in the heart of Woking, Surrey first opened in June 1992 and and soon became one of the South East England's leading theatres. The sumptuous auditorium and the comfort of its roomy front of house sections, alongside its excellent acoustics, state of the art technical facilities and good lines of vision, mean it can put on the very best of theatre. Top class drama has been put on by the likes of the National Theatre, the Peter Hall Company and the Royal Shakespeare Company; frequent visitors also include the Northern Ballet and Glyndebourne on Tour. Well known musicals presented there have included the likes of award winning Hairspray, Cats, West Side Story, Chicago and Miss Saigon, while the top comedies, children's shows, rock and roll musicals and the region's most sensational Christmas panto also feature in the Theatre's programme.

Woking Lightbox: Woking Lightbox Gallery - The well known Lightbox is a public museum and gallery situated in Woking, Surrey, UK. Three sensational galleries host all sorts of exhibitions, and it has a free museum of local history called 'Woking's Story'. It opened on September 14th, 2007. Located in the middle of Woking overlooking the Basingstoke Canal, Woking's Lightbox was primarily built to offer arts and heritage facilities to the Woking area and surrounding communities.This project first started in 1993 when a group of local volunteers set out to establish a centre for culture for the Woking area. After a fundraising campaign the contemporary building was designed by London based London Eye designers Marks Barfield Architects. Woking Lightbox won the award Art Fund Museum of the Year in 2008, the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service 2012, and the Green Tourism silver award in 2016. The Lightbox is a registered charity and is partly financed by Woking Borough Council, and additionally has obtained support from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Arts Council. The Lightbox puts on around 20 temporary exhibitions annually, the bulk of which are formulated in-house. At present at least 60,000 visitors every year enjoy exhibitions, interactive displays, free drop-in workshops, community-curated shows, lectures and activities at The Lightbox. The exhibitions have included the works of such illustrious artists as Elizabeth Frink, Henry Moore, Joan Hurst, William Heath Robinson, Stanley Picker, Anthony Caro, Auguste Renoir, John Constable, Damien Hirst, Andy Warhol and John Minton.

Woking Shopping:

Peacocks Shopping Centre - Woking, Surrey GU21 6GH. (PEACOCKS CENTRE)

Wolsey Place Shopping Centre - Woking, Surrey GU21 6GH . Tel: 01483 741000. (WOLSEY PLACE SHOPPING)

Woking Accommodation:

The Metro Hotel - Address: Town Centre, 36 Chertsey Road, Woking, Surrey, GU21 6HR. Telephone Number: 01483 727 100.

The Holiday Inn Hotel - Address: Victoria Way, Woking, Surrey, GU21 8EW. Telephone Number: 01483 221 000.

The Maybury Lodge Hotel - Address: 83-84 Maybury Road, Woking, Surrey, GU21 5JH. Telephone Number: 01483 720 000.

The Premier Inn - Address: Bridge Barn Lane, Woking, Surrey, GU21 6NL, England. Telephone Number: 0870 197 7276.

The Star Inn - Address: Wych Hill, Woking, Surrey GU220EU. Telephone Number: 01483 889 111.

If you are looking for bed and breakfast in Woking you will find details of some B&B's below.

Woking Bed and Breakfast / B&B:

Cleavelands - 78 Woodham Road, Woking GU21 4EH. Telephone: 01483 772 558 (bed and breakfast accommodation).

The Oaks - West Clandon, Guildford, Surrey GU4 7XA. Telephone Number: 01483 222 531 (B&B, bed and breakfast).

Rose Hill - 146 Maybury Road, Woking GU21 5JR. Telephone: 01483 854 549 (bed and breakfast accommodation).

Woking Sports and Activities:

Woking Leisure Centre: The Leisure Centre opened in 1976 and can be accessed by way of a bridge (pedestrian) over a little stream. It has quite a lot of sports facilities, including a new state-of the art gym, 3 fitness studios, six squash courts, 2 sports halls and a dedicated Spinning (indoor cycling) studio. The main sports hall is used for basketball, sports events, badminton, trampolining, soccer and additionally a number of activities not related to sport, for instance art deco fairs, craft fairs, flea markets, antique fairs, and the once a year Woking Beer Festival. The second, somewhat smaller, hall is called the Wurlitzer hall and boasts an American Theatre organ which offers concerts regularly through The London and South of England American Theatre Society. There is also a Sensations Multi-Sensory Suite, Heatwaves suite featuring Jacuzzi, sauna and steam room, cafe, creche, kids indoor softplay area (Pick'n'mix Playstore) and more. Various groups and clubs use the Leisure Centre including weightlifting, drama and dance, gymnastics, martial arts and its facilities are readily available for group/business/club hire.

Woking Football Club (Woking FC) - Address: Kingfield Stadium, Kingfield Road, Woking, Surrey GU22 9AA. Telephone Number: 01483 772 470. (Founded 1889, 2010/2011 Playing in Conference South).

Mayford Football Club - Contact: Steve Wright, Telephone Number: 01483 236 157. Adults Sunday League, train at Sutherland Memorial Fields, Burpham.

Goldsworth Park Rangers (Youth Football) - Contact: Penny Burningham, Telephone Number: 01483 767 805.

Mayford Athletic Football Club (Youth Football 7-15) - Contact: Don Pugh, Telephone Number: 01483 853 740. Train at the Mayford Centre.

Woking & Horsell Cricket Club - Address: Woking & Horsell Cricket Club, Brewery Road, Woking, Surrey GU21 4LL. Telephone Number: 01483 720 120.

Old Woking Cricket Club - Contact: Nigel Heslop. Telephone Number: 01483 535840. Play at Queen Elizabeth Way, Old Woking.

Woking Golf Club - Address: Pond Road, Hook Heath, Woking, Surrey, GU22 0JZ. Telephone Number: 01483 760 053. (GOLF COURSE)

Hoebridge Golf Centre - Address: 224 Old Woking Road, Woking, Surrey, GU22 8JE. Telephone Number: 01483 722 611.

Sutton Green Golf Club - Address: New Lane, Sutton Green, Guildford, Surrey, GU4 7QF. Telephone Number: 01483 747 898.

Woking Leisure Centre & Pool In The Park - Address: Woking Park, Woking, Surrey GU22 9BA. Telephone Number: 01483 771 122.

Woking Pool in the Park - Positioned in the heart of Woking Park, the Pool in the Park is a purpose built swimming complex. It boasts three swimming pools, the one to three metre deep Competition Pool, first opened in 1989, which is 25 metres long and 13 metres wide and has 6 swimming lanes; a 0.8 metre to 1.0 metre deep Teaching Pool which is 8 metres wide and 16 metres long and the Leisure Lagoon which boasts three water slides with a choice of speeds (Slow, Medium and Fast) and other features including a wave machine, a lazy river ride, water cannons, bubble pool. The exterior design of the Pool in the Park is thought to be based on a traditional Roman Coliseum. The Pool in the Park offers a diverse variety of activities including a swim school programme, children's parties and activities, aqua fitness classes, toddler splash sessions, adult and ladies only sessions and is a home venue for various local groups and clubs including Woking Snorkel and Scuba, Woking Lifesaving Club, Woking Snorkelling, Surrey Aquanauts and Woking Swimming Club.

Woking Business Directory:

Ashfield Accountancy Service - 1-3 Oriental Road, Woking, Surrey GU22 7AH. Telephone: 01483 724555

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Eclipse Hair Specialists - 11 High Street, Knaphill, Woking GU21 2PG. Telephone: 01483 755 236.

Capa Hairdressing - 13 Goldsworth Road, Woking GU21 6JY. Telephone: 01483 715 146.

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Woking Taxis - 56A Chertsey Road, Woking GU21 5BG. Telephone: 01483 726 726.

Airport Cars - 5a The Broadway, Woking GU21 5AP. Telephone: 01483 715552.

Buttercup Beauty - 40 High Street, Horsell, Woking GU21 4UA. Telephone: 01483 728 000 (beauty salon).

The Body Shop - 26 Wolsey Walk, Woking GU21 6XX. Telephone: 01483 750 972 (beauty products and supplies).

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M H Plumbing - 29 Courtenay Road, Woking GU21 5HG. Telephone: 01483 765 380. (More Plumbers)

Redwood Tree Services Ltd - Tel: 01483 481 175, Address: 103, Arethusa Way, Woking, Surrey, GU24 9BY

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Martin Playfoot Handyman Services - Tel: 01932 340 783 Address: 49, Holly Ave, Addlestone, Surrey, KT15 3UD. (More Odd Job Men)

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Woking can be accessed via the A320 and the A324, it can also be reached by railway from Waterloo Station London, Salisbury and Portsmouth.