- Bagshot, Surrey
infobox UK place
country = England
population = 5,365 [ [http://neighbourhood.statistics.gov.uk/dissemination/LeadKeyFigures.do?a=3&b=5942917&c=bagshot&d=14&e=15&g=491868&i=1001x1003x1004&m=0&r=1&s=1201201343281&enc=1 Census data] ]
region= South East England
constituency_westminster= Surrey Heath
postcode_district = GU19
Bagshot is a
villagein the South-East of England. It is situated in the North-West corner of Surreynear the border of Royal Berkshire, and is also in the dioceseof Guildford. In the past Bagshot served as an important staging postbetween London, Southamptonand the West Country, evidence of this can been seen in some of the original coaching inns that are still there today. It is situated 43 km (27 miles) southwest of London, adjacent to junction 3 of the M3 motorwayand on the A30 road, between Camberleyand Sunningdale. Much of the surrounding land is owned by the Ministry of Defence and is part of Windsor Great Park, the area is in the Green Beltthat surrounds London. The village is served by Bagshot railway station.
Recent excavations have shown that first occupants of Bagshot date back as far as pre-Roman, before these excavations it was thought that the earliest settlements in Bagshot were late Saxon. Late Bronze Age settlements have been identified in the area, and iron smelting appears to have been a major 'industry' in the locality. Bagshot has had a Royal hunting lodge certainly through Stuart and Tudor times, now called Bagshot Park and is now the residence of
Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex.
In Elizabethan times (late 16th century) Bagshot prospered due to its position on the main London to the West Country road (The Great West Road, now classified as the A30). As with many villages on main coaching routes inns developed to provide services to the stage coach passengers, and stables to provide the coaches with fresh horses. The prosperity of the Great West Road created its share of
highwaymen, one of the most notorious being William Davis, a local farmer who lived near what known local as the Jolly Farmerroundabout. He was eventually caught at the White Hart Inn in Bagshot and hanged. Not one to avoid suspicion he always paid his debts in gold! It was after him that the pub was called the Golden Farmer.
t Anne's Church
St Anne's Church is the main church in Bagshot. It is 120 years old [ [http://www.bagshotvillage.org.uk/st-anne/index.htm St Anne's Church] ] and was built in a neo-
gothic styleunder the patronage of Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught[ [http://www.bagshotvillage.org.uk/bpark/index.htm Bagshot Park] ] who lived in the nearby Bagshot Park. It is a red brick building in red brick with stone detail under a slateroof. There is a bell tower with a peal of eight bells. It is a grade II listed buildingand is situated in a conservation area.
Pennyhill Park Hotel located in the village is where the England rugby team [ [http://www.rugbynetwork.net/main/s245/st29481.htm Rugby network] ] used to train.
Bagshot Park, home of Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex. The A30 leaving Bagshot to the southwest for Camberley has a large roundabout on it called the Jolly Farmerafter a public house that used to stand in its centre.
The local Borough,
Surrey Heath, is mainly a Conservative area and it has held a Conservative Council for the past 50 years.
Local businessman Peter Long (owner of Longacres Nursery) holds an annual ploughing competition on his land next to Longacres Nursery, on the A30.Fact|date=January 2008
* [http://www.bagshotvillage.org.uk/bagshot/about.htm About Bagshot Village]
* [http://www.bagshotvillage.org.uk/bagshot/origin.shtml/The origins of Bagshot]
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