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Ash, Surrey

Ash is a village and civil parish in the borough of Guildford, Surrey, with a population of 17,549 according to the 2001 census. It is at the far west of the Guildford borough, and the urban development in the parish runs directly into Aldershot, which is on the western side of the River Blackwater, in Hampshire. The census area of Ash Wharf has a population of 6,071.

Samuel Cody, the aviation pioneer and the first man to fly a heavier-than-air machine in the British Isles, lived for the last two years of his life at Ash Vale, the neighbouring village in the same parish council. His house - 'Valecroft' - at the junction of Frimley Road and Lysons Avenue, bears a blue commemorative plaque.

Ash has four schools situated in the village. These include Walsh Junior, Walsh Infant, Shawfield and Ash Manor Technology College. Ash Manor Technology College also offers a nursery service.

A museum is located in the cemetery chapel. The parish is served by Ash railway station, Ash Vale railway station and North Camp railway station. Ash Manor Technology College has 1,013 students aged 11-16.

Ash United is the local football club, which came 20th in the top 20 of the 2007/08 season league finish.

A range of facilities and services are available in Ash which are are listed below:
Energy Level gym at Ash Manor
Tennis Together tennis domes at Ash Manor
Willow Park fishing pond
Ash United football club
The Bricklayers Arms pub
The Greyhound pub
The Dover Arms pub
The Nightinggale pub
The Lion Brewery pub
The Standard of England pub
Texaco petrol station and garage
Kendall vehicle hire
Shawfield Park
St Peter's Christian Church
The Methodist Church
Holy Angels Roman Catholic Church
Ash Library
Gordon Farley Motorcycles

List of shops and restaurants in Ash:
One Stop
Pinewood Stores
Lloyds Pharmacy
Pet shop
Bo-wah fish bar takeaway
Taste of India restaurant and takeaway
Happy Garden chinese takeaway
Mckenzie Smith estate agents
Wellington Estate Agents
Pat's Off Licence
Off Your Head unisex hair salon
Premier Cuts male barber
Kia car dealers
Suzuki car dealers
Fiat car dealers


  • Jenkinson, S. (1990). Ash and Ash Vale - A Pictorial History, Chichester: Phillimore. ISBN 0-85033-773-9.

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