East & West Molesey
East & West Molesey KT8
Molesey is a town located within the borough of Elmbridge in Surrey. There are two distinct areas in the town: East Molesey and West Molesey. Both are situated between the Thames to the north and the river Mole and some of London’s largest reservoirs to the south and west.
The earliest record of a settlement in Molesey appears in a seventh-century charter, shortly after Chertsey Abbey was founded in AD 666. The area was also recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086, and some fine examples of medieval architecture can still be seen in the area. The area has historically been used as agricultural and grazing land, often supplying goods to the neighbouring towns. East and West Molesey are traditionally divided by the Molesey Stone, located outside Molesey Library on Walton Road.
West Molesey is pretty and green and has a traditional village feel. Cafes, restaurants, boutiques and antiques shops are clustered in the streets around the station. East Molesey has a mix of cafes, small shops, a large supermarket, and chain restaurants like Pizza Express. A wider range of shops, departments stores and street market can be found just a short bus ride away in Kingston.
Both East and West Molesey are ideally situated to enjoy the pubs and restaurants that run along the river path. The River's Edge Bar and Brasserie, located within the Carlton Mitre Hotel at East Molesey, serves up classic brasserie dishes and has stunning views across the river. A short stroll takes you to The Albany, a popular waterside pub in Thames Ditton. And Thyme by the River serves food, refreshments and homemade cakes by the Thames.
Molesey has a long sporting past, and was once the bare-knuckle boxing centre of England. Today there are several rugby and football clubs, a cricket club, rowing club and athletics club in the area. There is also a swimming pool located in Dunstall Way, West Molesey.
Both East and West Molesey have some lovely green spaces and parkland to enjoy. Hurst Park is a riverside park with a large grass area, playground and open access to the Thames. It is the site of many local events and festivals, and is also a favourite place for locals to relax and have a picnic.
Property in East & West Molesey
Property in East and West Molesey is extremely varied, with almost every street comprising homes of more than one architectural style.
East Molesey has some beautiful Victorian villas and Edwardian mansions. Molesey Old Village conservation area is where the most expensive of these period properties can be found. Matham Road and Palace Road are home to some beautifully restored, grand properties commanding hefty price tags.
West Molesey has a slightly more rural feel, and properties comprise large semi-detached and detached 1930s homes and newer luxury developments and apartment blocks. Popular streets include Hurstfield Road and Hollingworth Close. Just along the river at nearby Kingston, there is a superb collection of contemporary apartments with stunning river views located within the Charter Quay development.
The River Thames at East & West Molesey
There are year-round activities and attractions to be enjoyed along this stretch of the River Thames. Some highlights include:
- Molesey Boat Club, one of the UK's leading rowing clubs with several Olympic and World Championship medalists as members
- Molesey Regatta, an annual weekend festival held on the riverbank
- East Molesey Cricket Club, located alongside the south bank of the Thames
Transport in East & West Molesey
- Hampton Court Railway to Waterloo (35 mins)
- Good local bus services including the 411 to Wimbledon, the R68 to Kew and the 461 to Chertsey
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