In 666 AD an abbey was built at in Chertsey, on a marsh island between the River Thames and its tributaries. The abbey became the wealthiest in Surrey and a market town grew up around it.
Today, Chertsey is an affluent town of around 80,000, with excellent road and rail links into London, 25 miles away. The town is handy for the M3 and M25 and is on the Waterloo to Reading line, making it a favourite choice for commuters. It has three parks, the River Bourne Health Club and local attractions including a museum, Great Cockrow Railway and the thrills and spills of Thorpe Park. There's a handsome, seven-arched bridge over the Thames, with busy waterside pubs, especially during the town's regatta. Nearby Chertsey Meads is a haven for wildlife.
Four industrial and business parks on the town's edge generate much local economic activity and employment.