Frimley is a small English town situated 2 miles (3 km) south of Camberley, in the extreme west of Surrey, adjacent to the border with Hampshire. It is about 31 miles (50 km) west south-west of London. It is part of the urban district Frimley and Camberley. The town is connected to the M3 motorway by the Blackwater Valley Road and the Frimley bypass.
Frimley Green is a neighbouring village which has hosted the British Darts Organisation’s (BDO) World Professional Darts Championship since 1986 each January.
The name Frimley
is derived from the Saxon
name Fremma's Lea
, which means "Fremma's clearing". The land was owned by Chertsey Abbey
from 673 to 1537 and was a farming village. More recently it was a coach stop on the main London to Portsmouth road for about four hundred years.
Frimley was not listed in Domesday Book of 1086, but is shown on the map as Fremely, its spelling in 933AD.
Frimley lunatic asylum was opened in 1799; it catered for both male and female patients, and received four patients from Great Fosters. Magistrates visited in 1807 and ordered the proprietors to stop chaining the patients.
An 1811 inventory from Frimley Workhouse can be seen on the Surrey County Council website
The present St. Peter's Church was built in 1837 replacing earlier buildings. The building has a balcony running around three sides of the interior. Ethel Smyth once preached from the pulpit.
In 1904, the Brompton Hospital Sanatorium was established in Frimley to treat tuberculosis patients; it closed in 1985. Dr Marcus Sinclair Paterson (1870-1932) was the first medical superintendent, and he developed a system of treatment called 'graduated labour' which generated a lot of interest from other health professionals. The treatment used controlled levels of physical activity.
In 1959 the Cadet Training Centre at Frimley Park was formed following the 1957 publication of the Amery Report.
The main shopping street includes a branch of Waitrose and some smaller shops, several restaurants, banks, charity shops, a post office, a number of estate agents, solicitors, opticians, betting shops, an insurance broker and a public house called The Railway Arms. A second public house, the White Hart, has now been closed for some time and is starting to fall into disrepair. Frimley Park Hospital is situated in the town. One of the major employers in the town is BAE Systems Integrated System Technologies, which occupies a new building in Lyon Way.
Frimley railway station
provides access to Guildford
and London Waterloo
. Frimley Lodge Park Railway
is also nearby.
There are a number of schools in Frimley including: The Grove Primary School
, Lakeside Primary School, Ravenscote Junior School and Tomlinscote School and 6th Form College
Frimley Town Football Club was formed over 100 years ago. It runs four teams, and the first team competes in the Senior Division of the Aldershot & District Football League. The club is based at Chobham Road recreation ground.
- James Cobbett, famous cricketer and considered by many as the finest all-rounder of his day, was born in Frimley on January 12, 1804.
- Frimley Park Hospital was the birth place in 1979 of Jonny Wilkinson, a fly-half for England Rugby Union and one of the most famous players in international professional rugby and Lady Louise Windsor in 2003.
- Jonny Wilkinson's England team-mate Toby Flood was born in Frimley in 1985.
- Christopher Charles Benham (cricketer) was born in Frimley on 24 March 1983. He currently plays county cricket for Hampshire. He is a popular cricketer after numerous spectacular innings on SkySports. There is a verb named after him - to Benham: do something christopher charles would be proud of.
Dame Ethel Smyth
, English composer and suffragette
grew up in Frimley. Her family moved to the town in 1867 when her father was given command of the Royal Artillery
. Daphne du Maurier
wrote most of her fourth novel, Jamaica Inn
, in 1935 in Frimley where her soldier husband Frederick Browning
Notable people buried in the churchyard of St. Peter's Church, Frimley include:
In one of the "Just William"
books by Richmal Crompton
, William visits an aunt in Frimley for a few days.
Charles Kingsley refers to "a series of Letters on the Frimley murder" in his Alton Locke, Tailor And Poet
There is a brief mention of Frimley in Stephen King's Nightmares & Dreamscapes in the short story Crouch End. It reads: 'He did indeed move into council housing, a two-above-the-shops in Frimley'.
In The Reminiscences of Sir Henry Hawkins (Baron Brampton), chapter 18 tells of the trial of a bricklayer who, in a prize fight on Frimley Common, unfortunately killed his opponent. He appeared in court dressed as a young clergyman and was found innocent of the manslaughter charge because of doubts over his identity.