Sunbury-on-Thames

Sunbury on Thames Lock

History

Sunbury-on-Thames is a small town and a suburb in London that is located in Surrey, England. It starts from the left bank of Thames River and it’s almost 13 miles from Charing Cross, London. This town has three shopping centres and public houses by the riverside.

Historically, Sunbury-on-Thames is in Middlesex, managed under Local Government Act of 1888 Country Councils. Later in 1894, the Sunbury-on-Thames Urban District was formed and in 1965, majority of the Middlesex was included in greater London.

During this time, the Sunbury town was absorbed by the County of Surrey. Now Sunbury-on-Thames is a part of the Spelthorne district. During the 18th and the 19th centuries, Sunbury was not only a small size village by the river but it had huge mansions and parkland surrounding it.

Locality

Hotels and offices form a large share of the labour-importing Sunbury economy. Along the riverside you would find mostly private houses and lodge with gardens like the Sunbury Court Island and Wheatley’s Ait. The schools and the education system follows the Anglican and catholic traditions. Some of the settlements adjoining Sunbury are Feltham in north, Hampton in east, Ashford (north-west), Walton to the South and Shepperton (southwest).

Where do the locals go frequently?

  • Sunbury Walled Garden
  • The Bell Inn pub
  • The Hampton Pool
  • Crane Park
  • Customized Beauty Salon

Rail and Road

Sunbury-on-Thames in located off the M25 and A244. The Sunbury railway station is right on the branch line connecting from London Waterloo. Kempton Park is also another railway station people can access.

Road

The A316 is the starting of the M3 Motorway, the A308 runs towards Staines-upon-Thames and Kingston and the A244 goes towards Hounslow and Walton. Sunbury is mainly outside London but there are three London bus routes: 216, 235 and 290. There are two other local bus routes the 555 and 557.

Air

The London Heathrow Airport is just 5 miles from the town centre.

Community

The entire Sunbury community comes together for various activities and all types of good cause. It’s a village that is well connected even after being outside London. You have a lot to do here and so many communities to keep yourself engaged in. Religion, art and craft and sports takes a big place in this area, guiding people to look forward to good deeds and motivating to contribute for a noble cause.

The Riverside Arts Centre is an arts and craft centre, indeed a great community. This space is just awesome with great facilities. There is a concert hall that renders excellent acoustics and the bar sells the cheapest beer. This centre in Sunbury is an advantage to the community.

The Future Today is a community that takes care of children making them understand the value of love, education and family. It is a Srilankan and British initiative that try to take up children from and below the poverty line to give them a better future.

The St. Mary’s is an independent community for all the people of Sunbury-on-Thames. There are various types of programs running here for special cause like Endowment Fund, Friend of St.Mary, Church fellowship and Mother’s Union.

Sunbury is a close-knit community, a peaceful place to live in. You can read more in the ‘Sunbury Matters’, a monthly magazine of the community that helps to connect with each other.

School and Education

There are 6 primary schools:

  • Hawkedale Infants School
  • Kenyngton manor School
  • Chennestone primary Community School
  • Beauclerc Infants and Nursery School
  • Springfield Primary School
  • St.Ignatius Primary School

Secondary Schools:

  • Sunbury Manor School
  • The Bishop Wand Church of England School
  • St.Paul’s Catholic School
  • Apart from these, there are a few other independent schools.

Colleges:

  • St.Paul’s catholic College
  • Adult and Community learning Centre
  • Sunbury Adult Learning Centre

Lifestyle

Sunbury-on-Thames is a hidden gem because it’s filled with people who move out of messy Twickenham and expensive Teddington. A lot of families dwell here due to proper education system and the scenic beauty is also nice. You have nice riverside pubs, rugby teams, local cricket and other engagements. You cannot miss the live music at public houses!

Relish the coffee concert – The Sunbury and Shepperton Arts Association arranges a 11am coffee concert on every Saturday mornings at the Riverside Arts Centre. Come here to enjoy music and enjoyable performances by local artists. If you are here in October, you can join the Spelthorne and Runnymede Drama Festival.

Visit to the royal residence – An hour of walk along the Thames takes you to the Hampton Court Palace; the sight of it is spectacular. Enjoy the interiors of the royal abode and the exhibitions.

Row row- row your boat – If you visit the Walton-on-Thames, it will take you to Thames Skiff Hire and there you can catch a sight of classic boats that are more than hundred years old. You have seen those in Hollywood movies like Great Expectations, Shakespeare in Love and in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. You can also experience Skiffs rides which are wooden boats used for rowing, about 26 feet long and are used for transportation and night time accommodation.

Visit the embroidery gallery – This Sunbury Embroidery Gallery was opened in 2006 and is located in the south-west corner of an 18th century walled garden. The Sunbury millennium Embroidery is displayed permanently and visitors can enjoy light lunch, snacks and beverages in a café inside the gallery.

Watching races are a must – You can head to the Kempton Park which is just 16 miles from London. The ground hosts horse racing all round the year and from October to April there is jump racing. So if you are a racing enthusiast, this place is a must visit. If you love sports, this town has a lot to offer.

Pilgrimage – If you are in the mood of a pilgrimage, visit the St.Mary’s Church which is just down the riverside and you must not miss the very famous Ferry House. Go to the Sunbury Clock at Sunbury Cross that had been erected in year 1897 and in the month of June during Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee celebration.

Eating and drinking – There are exclusive fine dining restaurants like Indian Zest right on the Thames Street and the food is worth mentioning. Thebest place to enjoy drinks is the Magpie Pub in the riverside. If you are looking for a place to stay, the Flower Pot Hotel offers eight suite style bedrooms, the best place to stay.

Places to visit – Some of the Sunbury landmarks:

Anglican Church – The St.Mary’s church is a medival period foundation and again it was re-built in 1752. It’s the most famous religious and pious place in the town, also a listed building.

Sunbury Court – It is in lower Sunbury and is the home of the ‘High Council of the Salvation Army’.

Millenium embroidery – It’s an artwork gallery and it took four years to complete the embroidery displayed here. You cannot miss being to this place if you are dwelling in the locality.

Apart from these you have the Sunbury House, Hawke House , The Sunbury Court Island and the Wheatley’s Ait.

Spelthorne Council The Magpie Pub The Flower Pot The White Horse The Phoenix The Grizzly BearSunbury Park Walled Garden

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