26 Feb

10 things you might not know about Thames Ditton

  1. Thames Ditton has its own island which is 350 yards long and has 47 homes on it, each with moorings. The majority of the houses are built on stilts to protect them from flooding.
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  3. The village was the site of one of the oldest independent car makers in Britain – AC Cars. The company was well-known for its sports cars, but it also produced blue, three-wheeled mobility vehicles for the UK government for many years.
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  5. Thames Ditton is home to a thriving property market. Amy Claydon, branch manager at Leaders in Surbiton, says: “House prices rose by almost 8% in the last year. This is as much as 5% more than in neighbouring areas such as Esher and Surbiton, making it a great place to sell or let. With further capital growth expected, it is also a shrewd place to buy in 2016.”
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  7. Thames Ditton is very popular with families due to its excellent local schools and rail links. The two schools within the village are Thames Ditton Infants and Thames Ditton Juniors. Both have been rated as ‘outstanding’ by OFSTED.
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  9. The High Street has a fine selection of independent shops including: delis; a pet grooming business; a beauty spa; a funeral directors; a newsagents; a hairdressers; a gift shop; estate agents; a dressmakers; and a chemist. The shops are represented by the Thames Ditton High Street Retailers Association: thamesdittonhighstreet.com 
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  11. The village has numerous good pubs and eateries including Ye Olde Swan (oldeenglishinns.co.uk) and The Albany on Queens Road (the-albany.co.uk), which are both on the river’s edge and are popular in summer for their outdoor eating areas. Good food can also be had at independent pub, the Red Lion on the High Street, The Greyhound on Weston Green (greyhoundwestongreen.co.uk) and Maisie – a Thai restaurant (maisie-thai.com).
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  13. You can hire a boat to travel up the river to Hampton Court Palace, which is just five minutes over the river. Local events include the Hampton Court Flower Show; the Imber Court Happy Days Festival and racing at Sandown Park – which are all a short walk or cycle away.
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  15. The Thames Ditton Farmers Market takes place on the 4th Saturday of every month and was recently named by Time Out as one of the best farmer’s markets in and around London. It is held in the George & Dragon car park on the High Street.
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  17. The BBC TV series, Little Britain, featured sketches shot in and around Thames Ditton’s Library. Also, the exterior scenes for the 1980s sitcom After Henry were shot on the High Street.
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  19. Famous residents of Thames Ditton include: comedian, Dick Emery, singer Ronan Keating and actor Trevor Bannister, most famous for playing Mr Lucas in the 70s comedy series: Are You Being Served. The Only Fools And Horses actor Buster Merryfield was also the manager of the village bank prior to becoming Uncle Albert.