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Things to do in Frimley, Surrey

Frimley High Street
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Frimley is tucked away in the west of Surrey, 31 miles south west of London and close to the Hampshire border. It is two miles north of Farnborough and close to the M3 motorway.

The name Frimley comes from "Fremma's Lea" which meant a clearing belong to Fremma. It was recorded on a map as Fremely in 933 AD.

Frimley High Street
High Street © Euchiasmus [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Chertsey Abbey owned the land from 673 to the time of the Dissolution of Monasteries and at that time it was little more than a farming community.

It gradually developed as a coaching stop on the road from London to Portsmouth.

St Peter's Church Frimley
St Peter's Church © By Simon Burchell (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Frimley opened a lunatic asylum in 1799 and was clearly not a nice place to spend time as in 1807 magistrates ordered the owners to stop chaining the patients.

In 1811 the village also had a workhouse.

The Brompton Hospital Sanitorium was later established in Frimley and was used to treat sufferers of tuberculosis.

St Peter's Church was built in 1837 on the site of an earlier church and has a distinctive balcony inside, a carillon of bells and some interesting graves in the churchyard.

Present Day Frimley

Frimley currently has around 12,700 residents according to the census of 2001. It has a small town centre with a high-end supermarket and several smaller shops, banks, a post office, estate agents, betting shop and other local services.

The Grove Frimley
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There are two pubs in the town, the White Hart and the Railway Arms.

Frimley has several schools and a Sixth Form College.

The Chobham Road recreation ground is where Frimley Town Football Club trains.

The club was formed over a hundred years ago and currently has four teams.

The nearby business park provides plenty of employment in the area from Siemens, BAE System Technology, Novartis Pharmaceuticals and the Environmental Agency as well as other businesses.

The railway station has regular trains to London Waterloo, Guildford and Ascot.

Frimley Railway Station
Railway Station © Ben Brooksbank [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Frimley has had some interesting residents including suffragette Dame Ethel Smythe, author Daphne du Maurier, cricketer James Cobbett and footballer Martin Kuhl.

Frimley Hospital was where the Countess of Sussex gave birth to Lady Louise Windsor, granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth, in 2003.

Frimley Park Hospital
Frimley Park Hospital © By Euchiasmus at en.wikipedia [Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons

Things to do in Frimley

Frimley Lodge Park Railway is a miniature railway run by members of the Frimley and Ascot Locomotive Club. It is within Frimley Lodge Park and the railway runs for about 1 km.

Apex Drive Frimley
Apex Drive © Euchiasmus [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

The area around Frimley has several golf clubs including the Camberley Heath Golf Club, the Pine Ridge Golf Centre and Southwood Golf Course.

The nearby town of Aldershot is known as the home of the British Army.

Those interested in military history can visit the Aldershot Military Museum in the only surviving brick-built barracks remaining in the area.

Learn what life was like as a soldier, checkout the historic records and take a look in a Chieftain Tank.

St Francis Church Frimley
St Francis Church © Michael FORD [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

For families, the Look Out Discovery Centre in Bracknell has over 90 interactive displays to keep children happily occupied. The centre is surrounded by the 1000 hectare Swinley Forest Woods which have woodland trails and orienteering challenges.

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