Ottershaw shown within Surrey
Area  2.08 km2 (0.80 sq mi)
Population 2,853 (Civil Parish 2011)[1]
    density  1,372/km2 (3,550/sq mi)
Shire countySurrey
RegionSouth East
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post town CHERTSEY
Postcode district KT16
Dialling code 01932
Police Surrey
Fire Surrey
Ambulance South East Coast
EU Parliament South East England
UK ParliamentRunnymede and Weybridge
List of places

Coordinates: 51°21′46″N 0°31′50″W / 51.3628°N 0.5306°W / 51.3628; -0.5306

Ottershaw Memorial Garden

Ottershaw is a village in the Runnymede district of Surrey, England about 20 miles to the south-west of London. It is in the mixed rural and suburban Foxhills ward and is part of the ecclesiastical parish of Ottershaw first established as a chapelry in 1865 in what was part of the parish of Addlestone, itself then a new parish.[2] It became a parish in its own right in 1871.

Immediately surrounding settlements are West Byfleet, Woodham, Addlestone and Chertsey.

A significant landmark is Christ Church. Sir Edward Colebrooke (1813–90), who bought the Ottershaw Park estate in 1859, built the church on his estate as a memorial to his deceased son and heir. From its consecration in 1864, it was opened to the local community for worship.[3]

There is a junior school linked to this church.[4] A boarding school for boys, Ottershaw School, was founded in 1948 in Ottershaw Park; it closed in 1980. The school buildings were converted for residential use.

The Ottershaw Society has carried out a comprehensive historical survey of the village that records the current village and its historical background. It is illustrated with over 1,000 photographs of the village as it is now and many historical illustrations from the mid-19th century to the present time, and includes older residents' memories and various other historical written material.


Foxhills Golf Club is in Ottershaw. The village has two pubs: the Otter, which has a restaurant, and the Castle in Brox Road. It also has an Indian restaurant, the Otters Spicy Cottage.

Notable residents

Ottershaw in literature

In the book The War of the Worlds by H G Wells, the fictional narrator is invited to an observatory in Ottershaw.

See also


  1. Key Statistics; Quick Statistics: Population Density United Kingdom Census 2011 Office for National Statistics Retrieved 31 October 2014
  2. Parish of Ottershaw i.e. village status retrieved 2014-10-31
  3. Binns, Sheila (2014). Sir Edward Colebrooke of Abington and Ottershaw, Baronet and Member of Parliament: The Four Lives of an Extraordinary Victorian. Grosvenor House Publishing Ltd. ISBN 978-17814-8694-8.
  4. Christ Church Junior School
  5. Oxtoby, Tom (17 September 2012). "Paralympic paradise for Ottershaw's Hannah Russell". Woking News & Mail. Retrieved 21 February 2012.
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