Spelthorne is a local government district and
boroughin Surrey, England. It includes the towns of Ashford, Laleham, Shepperton, Staines, Stanwelland Sunbury. Boroughs adjacent to Spelthorne include Runnymede, Elmbridge, and Windsor and Maidenhead. The borough is home to a number of large reservoirs, including Queen Mary, Staines and King George VI, all important bird reserves as is the large Staines Moor, designated an area of outstanding scientific interest.
Spelthorne appears in
Domesday Bookof 1086 as "Spelet(h)orne". Spelthorne was a hundred (these are not marked on the Surrey map, which shows only Domesday manors) an administrative area, where local leaders met about once a month. [ [http://www.gwp.enta.net/surrnames.htm Surrey Domesday Book] ] The Spelthorne hundred also covered East Bedfont, Felthamand Hanworth, all now in the London Borough of Hounslowin Greater London.
The borough was formed in 1974 from
Staines Urban Districtand Sunbury-on-Thames Urban District. The urban districts had originally been part of Middlesex; however in 1965 when much of the rest of Middlesex was absorbed into Greater Londonthese two were instead transferred to Surrey. Its boundary changed in 1995 when Poylewas transferred to Sloughin Berkshire. The borough remained inside the Metropolitan Police District, and was not transferred to Surrey Policeuntil the boundary was realigned to Greater London in 2000.
The 3rd May 2007 election results produced 31 Conservative seats and 8 Liberal Democrat seats. [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/bsp/hi/vote2007/maps/eng_councils/html/eng_councils_map.stm BBC news] retrieved 4/5/07]
The borough is a mix of leafy suburbs (mainly towards the river
Thames) and suburban housing. Kempton Park Racecourseand Shepperton Studiosare both located in Spelthorne. Staines is both the largest town in the borough and its administrative centre, at Knowle Green.
Spelthorne is twinned with
Spelthorne (UK Parliament constituency)
* [http://www.spelthorne.gov.uk/ Spelthorne Borough Council]
* [http://www.brooklands.ac.uk/ashford.asp Brooklands College Ashford Campus]
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